Friday, 29 January 2016

Arise O Compatriots, Nigeria call, will you obey? A must read!

Dreams are not just some drama scenes in the realm of sleep, they are realities away from challenges that keeps us awake from sleep. In actual sense the future belongs to men and women who have the ability to see beyond the present and believe that tomorrow is worth the efforts we make right now. 
Saw Mrs. Elizabeth Uwaifo's speech, which she made in Barcelona at the Edo Global Organization Annual Conference in 2010. It is a must read for all who are aspiring to drive some form of change wherever we are and you should. The time is right, the time is now, Arise o compatriots, Nigeria call will you obey? It's time to change Nigeria. Please continue for the must read article.

New electricity tariffs take effect on Monday – NERC

The new tariffs approved for electricity consumers across the country will become effective on Monday and will enable the power distribution, generation and transmission companies to acquire needed infrastructure, the acting Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Dr. Anthony Akah, has said.

Akah, who said this when he led top executives of the regulatory agency on a courtesy call on the National Orientation Agency in Abuja on Thursday, also said there was no going back on the new tariffs.

The NERC boss said the lack of cost-reflective tariffs had hindered the electricity companies from acquiring the necessary infrastructure, adding that with the new tariffs, they would not have any excuse for not delivering on agreements they entered into with the government.

Dasukigate: Leadership Newspaper returns its share of N9 million

The management of Leadership Holdings Limited, publishers of Leadership newspapers, has returned the N9 million it received from the Presidency through the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria as compensation for the seizure of its publications in 2014.

In a letter dated January 29 and addressed to the General Secretary of NPAN, the company said it decided to return the money after some senior officials had gone behind to direct their organisations to refund the compensation received from the government even though it was agreed that they committed no offence by receiving the compensation.

NYSC bans combination of Law School, national service

The National Youth Service Corps has said that henceforth, participation in the national service and attendance of Law School at the same time “would not be acceptable”.

A statement by the spokesperson of the NYSC, Mrs. Abosede Aderibigbe, on Friday said this was part of the resolutions made at 2016 annual management conference of the organisation, which took place in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Check out top ten world richest men, their net worth, company and country.

Billionaire Net Worth (billions) Company/ source Country
1. Bill Gates $76.2 Microsoft United States
2. Amancio Ortega $68.4 Zara Spain
3. Warren Buffett $59.8 Berkshire Hathaway United States
4. Carlos Slim Helu $49.6 Telecoms Mexico
5. Jeff Bezos $49.2 United States
6. Mark Zuckerberg $47.9 Facebook United States
7. Larry Ellison $44.1 Oracle United States
8. Charles Koch $39.7 Diversified United States
9. David Koch $39.7 Diversified United States 
10. Larry Page $37.5 Google United States

MustRead: How Nigeria can rise again, by Anya, Utomi, others

Notable scholars were yesterday unanimous in their call for meritocracy to be entrenched in the manner Nigeria is governed in order to have strong institutions needed for growth. They also noted that the prevailing malfunctioning of the various institutions of the state, makes it imperative for the Federal Character Principle to be abolished.

The scholars, who took this position in Lagos at the 79-year anniversary colloquium in honour of Prof Anya O. Anya, said the practice of quota system in Nigeria is inimical to growth. At the forum which was entitled: ‘’Creating an Enabling Environment for Private Sector- Led Growth: Education, Institutions and Creative Destruction,’’ it was agreed that what Nigeria needs in the face of the current economic crisis is to regig it’s institutions in order to inspire growth.

Celebrating Nigerians Making Waves Abroad

“It has been acknowledged in the Russian Ministry of Education that Nigerians have a lot of exceptional talents.” This statement by a representative of the Russian Embassy, in honour of a Nigerian student for academic excellence, is just an opening to view Nigerians’ exceptional abilities and talents in many other fields. Indeed, a lot of Nigerians have been making waves, breaking records and beating natives in competitions in their own countries. Here are Nigerians making waves across the globe. See them after the cut.......

Jobless husband assaults pregnant wife for refusing to hand over salary

A jobless man, Alex Ekwere, has been arraigned before an Ogudu Magistrates' Court sitting in Lagos State, for beating up his pregnant wife, Esther, because she refused to hand over her monthly salary to him as she always does.

According to reports, the 33-year-old man, Ekwere, was in the habit of collecting his wife's salary and giving her out of it for her needs but when she refused to part with her December, 2015 salary, he assaulted her, beating her black and blue.

Zika virus 'spreading explosively,' WHO leader says

The Zika virus is "is now spreading explosively" in the Americas, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday, with another official estimating between 3 million to 4 million infections in the region over a 12-month period.

"The level of concern is high, as is the level of uncertainty," Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO's director-general, told her organization's executive board members. "We need to get some answers quickly."

Military arrests suspected Boko Haram members in Sapele

A middle-aged man suspected to be a member of the Boko Haram sect has been apprehended in Sapele , Delta, by officers of the 19 Battalion of Nigerian Army.

The suspect, Bukar Abacha, was arrested shortly after he arrived the popular Hausa quarters in Sapele.

A senior army officer who did not want his name mentioned, said on Thursday that a member of the Arewa community gave the information to "Operation Pulo Shield.’’

We won't increase tax to fund budget - FG

The Federal Government has said it does not plan to increase taxes on the citizens in order to fund the 2016 budget in view of the dwindling price of crude oil in the international market. This was the decision reached at the meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) presided over by the vice president.

Super Eagle player's are been owed, they may boycott world cup qualifier Oliseh says.

Super Eagles’ Coach, Sunday Oliseh, is scared that Nigeria may not have its best players for the approaching World Cup and African Nations qualifiers, reports

Nigeria will meet Egypt in a back-to-back Gabon 2017 Nations Cup qualifier in Kaduna and Cairo in March.

But Oliseh feels that the way things are going some players might decide to boycott the games He revealed that a number of the Nigerian internationals have called him on telephone to ask for ‘what they are being owed.’

What! Economist magazine calls Goodluck Jonathan an ineffectual buffoon in new article

  Imagine them calling a former African president an ineffectual buffoon! In an article titled 'Crude Tactics', Economist magazine described former president Jonathan as an ineffectual buffoon. How disrespectful! The article reads in part;

"In the eight months since Mr Buhari arrived at Aso Rock, the presidential digs, the homicidal jihadists of Boko Haram have been pushed back into the bush along Nigeria’s borders. The government has cracked down on corruption, which had flourished under the previous president, Goodluck Jonathan, an ineffectual buffoon who let politicians and their cronies fill their pockets with impunity. Lai Mohammed, a minister, reckons that just 55 people stole $6.8 billion from the public purse over seven recent years" they said.

Kogi indigenes take govt to ECOWAS Court over Bello

Senior lawyers yesterday continued to differ on the implications of the new Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello being sworn in without a deputy.

Meanwhile, 24 hours after Bello was sworn in, a group of concerned indigenes have approached the ECOWAS Court of Justice seeking to nullify the election in which Bello was declared a winner.

In another development, campaign coordinators for Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello in the Eastern Senatorial District of the state, yesterday offered an insight into why they nominated an Abuja-based publisher, Mr. Gowon Usman Egbunu as their preferred deputy governorship candidate.

Photos from the National Economic Council meeting

The National Economic Council meeting held at the state house yesterday January 28th and was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Continue to see more photos...

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Ibinabo Fiberesima Still In Court Over Death Of Lagos Doctor, As Court Sets Aside Day Of Judgement

From Pm News

An appeal court sitting in Lagos, south west Nigeria has adjourned for judgement the appeal filed by star actress and former beauty queen, Ibinabo Fiberesima challenging the judgement of a Lagos High Court which sentenced her to five years imprisonment for causing the death of a Lagos medical doctor, Giwa Suraj.

The embattled actress was sentenced to five years imprisonment by Justice Deborah Oluwayemi for reckless driving which caused the death of one Dr. Giwa Suraj in an auto accident along Lekki-Epe expressway, Lagos State. The deceased was a staff of one of Lagos state owned hospitals.

Photos: Olisa Metuh having dinner with his family at home after his release

The PDP National Publicity Secretary regained his freedom this evening. He's pictured having dinner with his family tonight. More photos after the cut...

Saraki replies Obasanjo, says 8th Senate accountable, transparent, responsible

The President of the Senate, Sen. Bukola Saraki, on Thursday said the 8th Senate was committed to good governance, transparency, accountability and due process.

The Chairman of the National Assembly (NASS) was responding to an open letter from the former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to both chambers in which he called the attention of the lawmakers to issues bordering on budgets and finances of the NASS.
Obasanjo also raised issues of fiscal policy irresponsibility, extravagance and impunity by some members.

Replying to the letter in a statement he signed personally, Saraki however assured the former president that the NASS was aware of the current economic realities and was also cutting its expenditure.

CHAN2016 - Lack of financial motivation reason for Super Eagle's exit, Oliseh says.

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Sunday Oliseh, has revealed that he had no other choice, but to spend his own money to keep the team together, at the African Nations Championship in Rwanda.

Nigeria were eliminated from the tournament, after losing their final Group C fixture 1-0 to the Syli Stars of Guinea and Oliseh also blamed lack of financial motivation for his team’s shock exit.

FG to hold confab on financial fraud Feb 2

The Federal Government will hold a stakeholders’ conference on Financial Fraud, Cyber Crime and Cross-border Crimes on Feb. 2 and Feb. 4.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr. Salihu Isah, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Attorney- General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, in Abuja on Tuesday.

It stated that the maiden conference was aimed at stepping up government’s fight against corruption and corrupt practices.

Nigerians have embraced a better future - Lai Mohammed.

The minister of information, Lai Mohammed has said that Nigerians have made the right choice by breaking away from the past to embracing a better future.

The minister was apparently referring to the decision of Nigerians to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and vote out incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 election.

Nigerian Tribune reports that the minister said this on Wednesday, January 27 in Abuja at a workshop on conflict sensitive communications and reporting.

Photos: President Kenyatta holds Bilateral talk with President Buhari and the Nigerian delegation

President Buhari was received at the State House by Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta and his wife. They are currently holding bilateral talk with Kenyan government officials and Nigerian delegation. Both presidents are expected to meet the business community in Nairobi later today to tighten business ties between the countries. The business forum that will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel is organized by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce.

Quick Reminder: 15 Ways To Be The Change You Want To See In Nigeria.

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I picked up my favorite quote in the world and have made it my blog slogan. It's a quote by Mahatma Gandhi - "Be The Change You Want To See In The World." I have added a little twist to that and have highlighted 15 ways to be the change you want to see in Nigeria. Published them on this blog, and it's being my major drive. As the first month of the year ends, thought to do a reminder so we could all be inspired to be a better citizen. Read them below:
1. Daily thank God for Nigeria- As simple as it sounds, how many Nigerians wake up everyday and say thank you God for my home- Nigeria. As bad as Nigeria seems, it still provide a space on this universe where you call your Nation. #ProudToBeANigerian. 
2. Pray for Nigeria- The worst situation, can change under the power of prayer. I, particularly believe, Nigeria have survived the worse of leadership and circumstance by the making of the many Nigerians who went on their knees in their homes, churches, mosques, communities and prayed for her . #HaveYouPrayedForNigeriaToday 

Zika has explosive pandemic potential scientist warns + all you need to know about the deadly disease.

US scientists have urged the World Health Organisation to take urgent action over the Zika virus, which they say has "explosive pandemic potential".

Writing in a US medical journal, they called on the WHO to heed lessons from the Ebola outbreak and convene an emergency committee of disease experts.

They said a vaccine might be ready for testing in two years but it could be a decade before it is publicly available.

Trump steps up attacks on Fox News

US presidential candidate Donald Trump has escalated a fight with Fox News, using the word "bimbo" in a derogatory tweet about anchorwoman Megyn Kelly after pulling out of a debate only days before the first nominating contest of the 2016 campaign.

Trump on Tuesday withdrew from the televised encounter, scheduled for Thursday night in Des Moines, Iowa, in irritation at host Fox News for allowing Kelly to moderate after her questioning had angered him in a debate last year.

Photo of a Boko haram member arrested in Yobe

This Boko haram member was arrested by the Nigerian military in Yunusari, Yobe State.
Photo credit:@Dan-Borno

Obasanjo's leaked letter to the Senate, says they are corrupt and insensitive..

Nigeria’s former president Olusegun Obasanjo has criticized the country’s parliament for not opening its N115bn ($583.8m) budget to public scrutiny, accusing the lawmakers of sustaining a “culture of impunity, opaqueness and corruption”.

In a letter leaked to the media on Tuesday, Obasanjo described the parliament’s budget of N4.7bn ($23.9 million) to purchase exotic cars for individual lawmakers as “insensitive” because it does not reflect the current economic realities.

Photos: 5 years old poor Afgahanistan boy get world's attention for wearing a leather made jersey with Messi's name and number on it.

An image posted to Hamayon's Facebook page shows his little brother dancing in his makeshift shirt. 
A 5 year old football and Messi lover emerged online wearing a striped plastic bag with the football player's name and number scrawled in blue ink. A search for the boy immediately started and according to report on CNN, the boy have been found.

He's five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi from Afghanistan who "loves football and Messi."

"When he suddenly wakes up in the middle of the night, he starts crying that he wants to go to Messi," his father, Arif Ahmadi, told CNN from the family's farm in Jaghori, south-west of Kabul.
Murtaza then started asking his father for a Messi jersey, Ahmadi said.

Nigeria is not on Transparency International's top 10 most corrupt countries list

Nigeria is not on the new list of the top 10 most corrupt countries released by Transparency International today January 27th. Somalia and North Korea were jointly ranked as the most corrupt countries while Denmark was rated the least corrupt country in the World. Nigeria was rated 136th of all 168 ranked countries. See the full list here

Jaiz Foundation Pays N4m Fine For Release Of 65 Kano Prison Inmates

Jaiz Foundation has paid over N4m to secure the release of 58 male prisoners and seven females, including two nursing mothers incacerated at the Kurmawa and Goron Dutse federal prisons.

According to the report in Leadership, the chairman of the foundation, Dr Umaru Mutallab, and the director general/CEO of Jaiz Charity & Development Foundation, Amb. Adamu Babangida Ibrahim effected the release of the inmates

Kogi: Bello takes oath of office as Governor without a Deputy.

The new Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Adoza Bello, yesterday, declared his stand against corruption and impunity, saying he was in a hurry to develop the state.

Bello stated this after he was administered the oath of office and Oath of Allegiance as the fourth civilian governor of the state by the state Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah.

The governor, however, was betrayed by his emotion, when he burst into tears while remembering his late father and eulogising his mother and recalling the many troubles he faced before he became governor.

The inauguration ceremony was, however, conducted without a deputy governor, as the unwilling deputy governor-elect, James Faleke, boycotted the event in continuation of his stand not to be associated with Bello’s emergence as replacement for late Abubakar Audu, the deceased All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate.

I will speak on the $2.1bn arms deal scandal at the appropriate time - GEJ


Former President Goodluck Jonathan says he will speak on the ongoing $2.1 billion arms deal scandal at the appropriate time. Jonathan is currently in Geneva Switzerland, where he is holding a press conference and will also be hosted by a committee of diplomats. His tweets after the cut...

Jubilation in Rivers as S-Court upholds Wike’s election

The Supreme Court has upheld the outcome of the April 11, 2015 governorship election that brought Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to power.

The apex court in a unanimous judgment, restored the declaration of Wike as the valid winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Justice Kekere-Ekun, who delivered the lead verdict, held that three separate appeals filed by Wike, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and INEC, were meritorious.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

MustRead: Plunging Naira - before you blame Emefiele look at yourself.

It is either I do not understand economics and how exchange rates work or a vast majority of us Nigerians still don’t get how we have wrecked our country with our own curious choices. Just this morning I was listening to the radio and the lady on air went on and on about how she thought CBN governor Godwin Emefiele was incompetent and should be sacked because the naira was now exchanging at 309 or so to the USD. That view pretty much echoes the sentiments expressed by many people I know and it amazes me that there are Nigerians who actually think there is some magic POLICY that can make the naira strong in the near term. If my economics and my understanding of the way the world works are right, then that is as far from the truth as Jesus Christ is black. Continue.......

Photos: Gov. Fayose pays Gov. Aregbesola a visit.

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has paid a courtesy visit to his Osun State colleague, Rauf Aregbesola.
Fayose visited Aregbesola today, January 26, 2016, in Oshogbo, the Osun State capital.

The duo were pictured in an embrace while the Osun governor’s wife, Sherifat Aregbesola looked on.

Photos: Buhari/Osinbajo receives US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at the state house

President Buhari received the US Secretary of Commerce Ms. Penny Pritzker at the State house today January 26th. Ms Pritzker said she was directed by President Obama to lead a 10-man American business men and women team to Nigeria to seek ways the two countries can partner.

“The purpose is to better understand the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Nigeria. Our team is very optimistic about your government’s commitment to security, good governance, fighting corruption, having reliable and regular regulatory policies. All these make us optimistic about working together. We are not here to sell policies, but to partner with you” she said.

Cancer, diabetes linked to regular rice consumption
Rice is about the commonest, cheapest and easiest staple food prepared not only by Nigerian households but in most parts of the world as well.

Indeed, statistics from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) indicate that half the world’s population eats rice every day, making the staple a major source of nutrition for billions of people.

But recent studies have associated the much-loved staple with rise in chronic and degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, depression, developmental problems in children, heart disease and nervous system damage. However, most worrisome are lung and bladder cancers.

Photos: Peter Okoye flies with footballer Yakubu Aiyegbemi

Singer Peter Okoye shared photos of himself with former Super Eagles player Yakubu Aiyegbemi on a flight out of Nigeria. He wrote "With my bro Yakubu Aiyegbeni. Instanbul,Antalya and London am on my way to you. Welcome to my football world. #FootballBusiness". Peter recently started his own football management...

Edo Deputy Governorship Position: Mercy Johnson’s Husband Releases Statement

My attention has been drawn to various campaigns on-going online about the upcoming election in Edo State later this year.

The campaign mainly by young people (youths) and students from Edo State and my local government, is that I should vie for the position of Deputy Governor in the state. This is based on the premise that since the party zoned deputy governorship slot to Edo Central where I am originally from, I should represent various interests in the area.

Photos: Youths and Sports Minister spotted at a Mai Shayi Joint.

Dalung munching his breakfast to the amazement of onlookers 
That's Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youths and Sports having a big bite of mai shayi' bread and surrounded by spectacles who were surprised at his aboki behavior. Lool

He was spotted yesterday morning, January 25, taking his breakfast at Mallam Musa Mai Shayi’s shop, Bauchi motor park, Jos, in Plateau state. Another photo after the cut.......

We need leaders who’ll not steal our money — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that if Nigeria must sustain its democracy that should be emulated by other countries in Africa, there had to be the evolution of moral leaders who would not steal the common wealth meant to provide services to the people.

Declaring open a two-day National Political Summit yesterday in Abuja, President Buhari said he was worried by the revelations over the money meant for the purchase of arms to address the security challenge in the North East, following the activities of members of Boko Haram.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Photos of Biafran leader Nnamdi Kanu in court today, ruling on his bail application slated for Friday

The leader of the the Indigenious People of Biafra, IPOB, and director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, appeared before the Federal High Court in Abuja today January 25th where his bail application was heard. The presiding judge, Justice John Tsoho, fixed Friday January 29th for ruling on his bail application. Kanu alongside Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, are facing six-count charge of treasonable felony. He was arrested on October 24th last year. More photos after the cut...

10 Nigerian Patriotic Songs Of All Time

You can add yours after the list. In no particular order:
1-National anthem-nigeria police band
2-Let's live together- kush
3- Greenland- ty bello
4- Great nation- timi dakalo
5- One love- onyeka onwenu
6- Nigeria gbe ke mi gbe- sunny ade
7- Motherland- sound sultan
8-Nigeria go survive- veno marioghae
9-One kilometer- evi edna ogholi
10-Which way nigeria- sunny okosun
#ThinkNigeria #Naijapatriot

We don’t recognise Biafran passport – US, UK

The governments of the United States and the United Kingdom have said they do not recognize the passports being issued by the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra.

The National Director of Information, MASSOB, Sunny Okereafor, had said two weeks ago that the passport was valid worldwide, adding that the travel document costs N5,000 while its renewal costs N2,000

Nigeria Police DPO, 29 others killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen

The Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of Vunokilang Police Station in Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State was among the 30 people killed in an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Sunday morning .

Reports from the area revealed that the suspected herdsmen raided four villages: Demsare, Wunamokoh, Dikajam and Taboungo in what is believed to be a vengeance mission over an existing feud with farmers in the area.

Several houses and other property in the villages were also burnt in the attack.

Photo: Joseph Yobo and his lovely family.

Adaeze Yobo wife of Joseph Yobo shares photo with her Husband and cute children.
Really cool!

Nigeria's case is not hopeless - Ibe Kachikwu.

Although the price of oil may at present be as low as $22 per barrel, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, says Nigeria’s case is not hopeless.

He says Nigeria would still make profit even if oil drops to $20 as cost of producing a barrel of crude oil has been put at an average of $13 per barrel onshore.

Climate Change Effect: Killer viruses on the prowl, threatens human life.

Viruses, hitherto almost unknown to scientists, are in town – from China to Saudi Arabia, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada to Nigeria – unleashing ill health and death.

The list of the infections currently circulating around the world and blamed on the viruses include Lassa fever in West Africa, especially Nigeria; Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone; the Zika virus in Latin America, which is also causing birth defects; Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) in El Salvador; Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) that has spread to all continents; and Human infection with Avian Influenza A (H7N9) in China not to mention the bird-to-bird strain circulating in Nigeria.

This beggar earned more than most Nigerian graduates.

56 year old Kehinde Olatubosun pictured above disclosed that he earned N300,000 monthly from begging. What! How many graduates earn that amount on a monthly basis in Nigeria? 
However, the fake beggar cum drug addict's luck ran out on Saturday night, January 23, when he along 18 other drug addicts were arrested by the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos Police Command at a joint in Ipodo area of Ikeja.he has been arrested by the police. Before his arrest, he would usually disguise as a sick patient,  arm himself with a fake drug prescription paper and hit the street begging. An act that have made him richer than most working Nigerians.  Continue........

Buhari to host track and field athletes

President Mohammadu Buhari in a bid to make up to Nigerian athletes who felt snubbed at his awards presentation to successful Nigerian athletes in 2015, have promised to have a date with the aggrieved athletes. The President hosted Nigerian football teams and others to a treat last Thursday in Abuja, but the track and field athletes were not represented. 
Nneka Anibeze, Media Assistant to the sports minister, Solomon Dalung hinted yesterday, that Nigerian athletes who won medals at the African Games and Youth Commonwealth Games will still have their date. It was gathered that the track and field list presented to the sports minister was bogus, and funds were not enough to go round.

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