Saturday, 31 December 2016

These Countries Are Already In 2017

Tonga and Samoa in the Polynesian Triangle and Kiribati in the Central Pacific were among the first places in the world to see 2017.

They entered the New Year at 10am GMT on Saturday, 31 December, celebrating with traditional dancing and flame throwing.

Auckland, in New Zealand, followed ringing in the New Year at 11am GMT. Five hundred kilos of fireworks were blasted from the city's Sky Tower in just five minutes with Max Key, the son of former Prime Minister John Key, performing a DJ set.

President Buhari speaks on why he was removed from office in 1985.

President Buhari yesterday said the reason he was removed from office in 1985 was because he refused to take an advice from the IMF and the World Bank to devalue the Naira and increase prices of fuel and flour. He said this when he spoke at the Nigerian Army Guards Brigade Regimental Dinner.

"I refused and gave my reasons and the next thing I knew I was removed and detained for three and half years. As a civilian president I will do my best and I’m telling you all these because you are part of the leadership of this great country and God willing we will remain great”he said

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Photos: Nigerian Fashion Brand "Ethnik" reinvents ancient yoruba designs.

Now, designers are reinventing ancient Yoruba crafts for their modern creations.
Nigerian fashion brand Ethnik is using Aso Oke, a traditional Yoruba weaving technique, for contemporary designs.

"Every piece of an Ethnik product is art," says founder and creative director Tunde Owolabi, who set up the company in Lagos in 2015.

"This year has been a stepping stone for us, because we've been able to establish Ethnik as a strong brand."

India opens first school for transgender pupils

A residential school for transgender people has been opened in the Indian city of Kochi, to help adults who dropped out of school finish their education.

Transgender people can face judgement and hostility in India and around, half of them fail to complete their schooling as a result.

Sahaj International is the first school of its kind in India. It will welcomed 10 pupils, aged 25-50

The students will be prepared for India's Class 10 and 12 board exams, normally sat when students are aged 15-16 or 17-18 respectively. The curriculum will also include some vocational skills.

What Nigerians Should Expect From NASS In 2017 – Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has unveiled the plans of the legislature for the year 2017.

The Senate president said the federal lawmakers would focus on making more laws that will promote the economy, enhance the budget process and support the fight against corruption.

Dr Saraki gave this indication while speaking with State House correspondents after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja yesterday.

Horrible:Bricklayer Caught With Human Head In Osun, Says “Mistake Has No Master”

A 72-year-old man arrested in Iwo, Osun state for removing a human skull from a cemetery says he made a mistake.

Idris Ajao claimed to be a bricklayer, but said a herbalist Tajudeen Jawesola had assigned him to exhume skulls from graves in the cemetery in return for N10,000.

Police, acting on a tipoff, deployed around the cemetery and arrested him with a skull.

PMB Receives Boko Haram Flag

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday received the flag of Boko Haram that was recovered from Sambisa forest, ‘camp zero’ .

The flag was handed to the President by Lucky Irabor, a Major General and theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole.

At exactly 10:30pm, Buhari received the flag at the 2016 regimental dinner organised by the presidential brigades of guards.


US sanction on Russia- Trump praises Putin, mocks CNN, and NBC News.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has decided not to retaliate against the US for expelling 35 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions on two of the country's intelligence agencies on Thursday. He made this statement after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the country planned to expel 35 U.S. diplomatic staff from Moscow and close two facilities used by the U.S. embassy in Russia.

The RIA news agency quoted Putin as saying that he would consider the actions of President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office next month, when deciding on further steps in Russia-U.S. relations. A move President-elect Trump approved.

Southern Kaduna killings: CAN declares National Day of Mourning.

Disturbed by the unceasing spate of sectarian killings of Christians in Southern Kaduna, the umbrella body of Christians in Nigeria, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has declared the second Sunday of 2017 as a national day of mourning. 

The President of CAN, Rev. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle has directed that Sunday January 8 2017, should be declared national day of mourning by Christians including those in diaspora to avert on-going ethnic/religious cleansing of Nigerian Christians in general and those of southern Kaduna in particular in the last few weeks. The statement signed by CAN General Secretary, Rev. Musa Asake urged Nigerian Christians in the country and all over the globe to pray fervently for “our southern Kaduna brothers and sisters who are victims of these wanton killings and also for the peace of our dear country Nigeria.” 

Photos: Pres Buhari signs Endangered Species Control bill into law

President Buhari yesterday signed the Endangered Species Control Bill into law. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, made this known in Abuja while briefing State House correspondents.

Sen. Enang said the Act was one of the 10 bills forwarded to the president by the National Assembly, and that with the approval, President Buhari had completed work on all the bills sent to him for his consent.

Friday, 30 December 2016

As The Year Ends, A Quick Reminder Of 15 Ways To Be The Change You Want To See In Nigeria.

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 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 for 2015 and 2016. As the year ends, thought to do a reminder so we can all be inspired to be a better citizen as we step into the new year. 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. #ProudToBeANigeria. 

No Plastic Rice in Nigeria - NAFDAC

The heightened tension over the importation of plastic rice into Nigeria has been clarified by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, which said that there was no plastic rice in the country. However, NAFDAC’s Acting Director General, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, at a joint briefing with the Deputy Comptroller-General of Nigeria Custom Service, Mr. Umar Ilya, confirmed that a consignment of contaminated rice is in the country and warned Nigerians not to consume same, as it could be injurious to health. 

The NAFDAC boss also presented the final laboratory result on the suspected commodity, confirming that although the rice is not plastic, it is unsuitable for human consumption. 

What is Your *PDP* for 2017?

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The question is not is PDP your political party for 2017? Trust me I won't ask you that kind of question. Your *PDP* here signifies Your *Personal Development Plans*. A friend sent me this and it has been a helpful tool as I plan for the new year. It helped me it can help you too. Step into the year with a plan.........

Your *PDP* must be a *Detailed, Well-Structured, Articulated and Written Plan* that will demand your *loyalty and commitment*.

Your *PDP Guide* must include the following:

1. *Building Spiritual Capacity* (Moving from Just *Relationship* to Quality *Fellowship* with Your *God*)

FG to collaborate with private sector to make key festivals in Nigeria attractive to domestic and foreign tourists.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the Federal Government is working with the private sector to make major festivals in the country attractive to domestic and foreign tourists and to leapfrog the events to the top cadre of global festivals.

He made the disclosure in Offa, Kwara State, on Thursday at the 2016 edition of the ”Íjakadi Festival”, a traditional wrestling event that dates back to the 14th century.

Senate Pushes For Diaspora Voting In 2019

The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs is pushing for Diaspora voting in the coming general elections in 2019, Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sen Monsurat Sunmonu has said.

She told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York on Thursday that giving franchise to Nigerians abroad would give the impression that “they are part of the system”.

“The first thing that we must do is for Nigerians to have their rights to cast their votes anywhere they are.

FG Recovers 40 SUVs From Ex-Perm Sec

The federal government has recovered 40 brand new Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and other vehicles from a former permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry of Power, Dr. Godknows Igali.

Dr Igali, who retired from office recently, was said to have made away with the luxury cars which belong to the federal government.

Though the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, did not confirm or deny the identity of the culprit, according to checks by LEADERSHIP Friday revealed that Igali is the man in question.

Abia Speaker impeached, new one elected.

The Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Martins Azubuike was yesterday impeached by members of the House. Twenty out of the 24 members signed his impeachment notice but 19 of them sat at the plenary when he was impeached. 16 members make up the quorum for the House to sit. 

A new Speaker, Bishop Kennedy Njoku, representing Osisioma Ngwa North was immediately elected to replace Azubuike. He got 16 votes to defeat his opponent, Chikwendu Kalu, representing Isiala Ngwa South who got three votes, including the vote of the leader of the House, Chinedum Orji. 

2 killed, mosque burnt as Igbo, Fulani clash in Enugu

Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

There was tension in Enugu, yesterday, following the killing of two persons during a bloody clash between some Igbo and Fulani at Gariki Market, Enugu. Those killed were identified as one Ali, a Fulani man and Ifeanyi Ifeacho, an Igbo man. 

According to report, the incident happened on Wednesday evening. An eye witness said that trouble started in the market when Ali came from New Artisan market with a cow to slaughter in Gariki abattoir, where Ifeanyi worked as an attendant, following the closure of New Artisan market by the Enugu State government earlier this week. According to an eye-witness, when Ali finished slaughtering his cow, he gave Ifeanyi N400 instead of the N500 fee for slaughtering the cow in the abattoir. 

Serena William's poetic announcement of her engagement to Reddit Co-Founder

Serena Williams has used the social media platform Reddit to announce that she is engaged to its co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.

The tennis star made the announcement in the form of a poem.

She said he took her to Rome, where they first met, to propose to her - and she said yes.

Barack Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats from the US, gives them 72 hours to leave the country + Russia's reaction.

US President Obama on Thursday, accused Russia of hacking and interfering with the US presidential election on orders from President Vladimir Putin. Even though he had previously said, on several occasions, that he didn't think the election was rigged in any way. He ordered 35 Russian intelligence operatives to leave the country as part of sanctions ordered for what he said where the country's attempts to 'interfere with democratic governance' and harassment of U.S. diplomatic officials in Russia.

In a statement he released while announcing the sanctions against Russia, he launched a scathing attack on Putin's Kremlin. He all but named Putin in his statement as the brain behind the hacking. The said the hacking was 'ordered at the highest level'. The 35 diplomats were given 72 hours to leave the US with their families. So they have till Sunday to leave.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Photos: The maiden edition of Ogbadibo Cultural Carnival, showcases Idoma's rich cultural heritage.

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With over 500 ethnic groups, Nigeria is a country with rich cultural heritage. To showcase one of her finest cultures, Ogbadibo Cultural Carnival joined the likes of Calabar Carnival and other cultural event as she held successfully, it's maiden edition on the 26th - 28th December, 2016. 

Situated at the boundary between Benue and Enugu state, Ogbadio is an Idoma speaking Local Government Area in Benue State and it's people are drawn from Orokam, Owukpa and Otukpa with Otukpa as it's headquarters. Some notable individuals from this region include present Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Audu Ogbe, Rtd Major General Lawrence Onoja and others.

Edo executes 3, as Aregbesola grants amnesty to 4 death-row inmates.

Despite the moratorium on death penalty, which Nigeria signed, the Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has signed the warrant for the execution of three death-row inmates at Oko Prison, outside Benin, Edo State. The death row inmates, who were executed on December 23, 2016 are Ogbomoro Omoregie, Apostle Igene and Mark Omosowhota. 

This came as Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, yesterday, granted amnesty to four death-row prison inmates in three South West prisons.  Director of Public Prosecutions and Secretary to Osun State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, Mr Pomade Adeniji, announced the amnesty in a statement in Osogbo. He said, “Pursuant to the advice and recommendations of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, Governor Aregbesola, in exercise of his powers, has granted amnesty to the prison inmates.” 

Sad story of how a nurse pulled off baby’s hand during delivery in Ikorodu.

An auxiliary nurse, identified only as Oyekanmi, has been arrested by the police for her role in the death of a baby she took delivery of in the Odogunyan, Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

Punch Metro learnt that the victim’s mother, Adeola, had been taken to Oyekanmi’s residence last Saturday when she went into labour.

Oyekanmi, while attempting to force the delivery, was said to have pulled off the baby’s hand.

Why we planned to bomb 3rd Mainland Bridge – Suspect

One of the leaders of a notorious militant group operating in Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos and Ogun states, Abiodun Amos, said yesterday, that his group planned to bomb the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos because the Federal Government failed to consider its members for amnesty. 

The group had planned to bomb the bridge end of last month before Amos’ arrest by the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, led by Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, frustrated its efforts. “We went into bank robberies and kidnapping because we wanted to get government’s attention and all we wanted was for them to grant us amnesty and also offer us pipeline protection contract. 

FG Warns Hospitals Against Detaining Patients Over Bills

The Federal Government has warned against hospitals detaining patients who cannot pay their medical bills, even as it said it would do everything possible to reduce reliance by public officials on foreign hospitals for healthcare services in 2017.

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, at a briefing in Abuja, told doctors and hospitals that they did not have any right to detain any patient who could not pay bills.

Must Read: Hilarious Holiday Greetings.

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This got me rotfl, its allegedly from a lawyer friend,Imagine!!!

I wanted to send some sort of holiday greeting to you, but it is difficult in today's world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So I met with my lawyer yesterday, and on his advice I wish to say the following :

Please accept, with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress , non addictive, gender neutral celebration of the summer solstice holiday period practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious / secular persuasions and / or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! May all the love, joy, peace and prosperity of this season be yours now and always. Have a wonderful Christmas day

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Photos - 5 Festive Experiences You Must Have in Nigeria This Christmas.

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Where are the lovely street Christmas decoration that once brought the Christmas season alive in Nigeria? A quick drive to Berger round about at the Federal Capital Territory of the country and all I saw was the hustling and bustling that is a usual at that location. The lovely ambiance of a well decorated roundabout for Christmas is all lost to recession? Or like someone said is it because we don't have a Christian president? Well, those are rhetoric questions that are probably in the hearts of many.

The concern is, Nigerians are about to loose a precious moment ironically to recession. 2016 Christmas celebration is already tagged "Recession Christmas" in the country. Unpaid salaries, inflation due to high dollar rate, bad business year and even Buhari have been listed as factors for why 2016 Christmas can't be good for Nigerians.

Christmas: IG orders 24-hour surveillance of worship centres, crowded areas

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered all Zonal Commanders and Commissioners of Police to ensure all-day round security surveillance around places of worship and strategic points around the country this yuletide.

Idris also called on officers on federal highways to allow free flow of traffic by avoiding unnecessary delay of road users.

Ambode, Wife, Others At 2016 Lagos Christmas Carol Service.

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OMG! Family of seven killed in ghastly motor accident in Benue.

Just few days to the Yuletide, a family of seven have been reportedly killed in a ghastly motor accident at Taraku in Gwer local government area of Benue state. According to an eyewitness report, the victims were being driven in their Toyota car by their father, identified as Mr. Vangeryina Agbose when the accident occurred. 

He said, “the occupants of the ill fated vehicle were said to be coming from a family farm when accident occurred.” He added that, “the car which had the man, his wife and five children including a one year old baby were driving from the Taraku Oil Mill road and on reaching the T-Junction he suddenly negotiated into the major highway probably without taking notice of the oncoming Toyota Picnic. 

Between Donald Trump, his fans and Chrissy Teigen.

So on Thursday, Donald Trump called out "A" list celebrities who refused to perform at his inauguration and those who apparently shunned him and publicly supported Hillarry Clinton but wanted tickets to his inauguration. After his tweets, 'wahala woman' Chrissy Teigen responded to his tweets saying that they are people too. His fans mocked her saying that she thinks she is an A list celebrity, lol. And they just kept going back and forth. Read the tweets after the cut...

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Ibori regains freedom in London

After over four and a half years in prison, former Governor James Ibori of Delta State yesterday regained his freedom at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. An appeal judge, Mrs. Justice May, ordered the Home Office to immediately release him.

Ibori had already served more than half of the sentence he was given in April 2012, when Southwark Crown court judge, Anthony Pitts jailed him for money laundering charges, after he pleaded guilty a day to the commencement of the jury trial.

Government okays 5% reward to whistle blowers in anti-graft fight

The Federal Government yesterday announced a policy, which offers a five percent financial reward to any whistle blower whose information leads to recovery ‎of looted funds and other monies obtained through fraudulent means.

Tagged ‘Whistle Blowing Programme,’ it is aimed at encouraging anyone with information about a violation, misconduct or improper activity that impacts negatively on the Nigerian people and government to report it.

Official reward for whistle blowers will strengthen the fight against corruption by encouraging more Nigerians to identify with government’s efforts in that regard.

Why some federal workers haven’t received salaries —Adeosun

Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said yesterday in Abuja that some Federal Government agencies and departments were witnessing delays in payment of their staff salaries because they had exhausted their allocations. The minister, who disclosed this while fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting at the Presidential Villa, however, said efforts were being made to resolve the issue. 

She said: “The issue of agencies that have not received their salaries, let me explain how the salary system works. ‘’All the agencies have an allocational IPPIS which is the salary platform. If, for example, an agency has a salary of N12 billion for the year, what we insist they should do is continue to pay until that N12 billion is exhausted. 

Photos: Nigeria Customs intercepts over 100 bags of plastic rice branded Best Tomato Rice

Nigeria Customs Service has seized over 100 bags of plastic rice suspected to have smuggled from China. The agency advised Nigerians to be vigilant of the activities of smugglers at this yuletide season as all kinds of consumable are being smuggled into the country. Controller incharge of Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ Ikeja Lagos, Haruna Mammud, gave this advice during a press briefing on the seizure of suspected Plastic Rice by Officers of the Unit.

Eagles get bonus for Algeria win.

Super Eagles will enjoy a merry Christmas as they will be paid their win bonus of $5,000-a-man for a 3-1 home win over Algeria in a World Cup tie latest Friday, officials have informed. A top team official was compiling the account details of the players at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) office yesterday. 

The players will be paid in Naira at the official rate of N305 a dollar, meaning they will each pocket N1.5m each. The Eagles bonus was part of the most recent government bailout that paid the Super Falcons for winning a record eighth women’s AFCON in Cameroon recently. 

Innovation - Mark Zuckerberg introduces Jarvis, a house help that is not human.

Facebook founder, Mark Zukerberg, on Tuesday, introduced Jarvis to the world. Jarvis is a home assistant with a difference – he isn’t human, but an app. This software was developed by the tech entrepreneur to meet a variety of needs around the house, from turning off the light, adjusting the room temperature to one that is favourable, preparing meals and even supplying Mark with a change of clothes.

Jarvis responds to Mark’s voice and talks back to him, lets guests in after a facial identification, it also alerts him of his schedule and things going on within the house, for instance, when Max, Mark’s daughter with wife Priscilla, woke from sleep, Jarvis informed Mark about it. There is very little that Jarvis cannot do around the house as can be seen in the video shared by Mark.

Another jungle justice in Benue, man allegedly accused of stealing motorcycle burnt to death(Graphic photos)

Oh God, won't this end? If we all murdered ourselves for one crime or the other who will still be alive? Offenders of jungle justice that lead to death should be brought to book.

According to the report, an unidentified man was set ablaze last night beside Agro Mills, North Bank Makurdi, Benue State. The man reportedly stole a motorcycle that belonged to a motorcyclist popularly known as 'Okada'. More photos after the cut...

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

ActionAid collaborates with Civil Society Network on Social Protection to bridge the gap between the haves and have not in Nigeria.

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We live in a country where the poor are getting poorer and the rich getting richer. A country that have experienced economy growth since the inception of civil rule in 1999 yet, no commensurate improvement on the living standard of the masses. As a matter of fact, poverty has equally grown exponentially. 

To help in assuaging this high poverty level in Nigeria, the Federal Government has launched a N500 billion social investment programme. With the present state of the economy and its effect on the masses, the Civil Society Network on Social Protection acknowledge and applaud the government on this laudable initiative as a needed tool in ameliorating the hardship being experienced by the poor and socially disadvantaged in the country.

Deadly Tradition - Girl dies after been banished for menstruating.

Police in Nepal are investigating the death of a 15-year-old girl who was banished to a poorly-ventilated shed because she was menstruating.

They say the girl suffocated after lighting a fire to keep warm.

Under an ancient Hindu practice, called chhaupadi, women who have their periods or who have just given birth are seen as impure.

It was banned by the Nepalese government in 2005, but still continues in remote western rural areas.

Buhari Signs Eight Bills into Law

President Muhammadu Buhari tuesday signed eight bills into law.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, disclosed this yesterday while speaking with State House correspondents in Abuja.

The bills are: National Judicial Institute Amendment Bill 2016; Advertising Practitioners Registration Amendment Bill, 2016; Utilities Charges Commission Amendment Bill 2016; Quality Surveyors Registration Amendment Bill 2016; and Small and Medium Scale Industries Development Agency Amendment Bill, 2016.

Southern Kaduna Youths Attacks El-Rufai’s Convoy, Sets Chairman’s House Ablaze

Hundreds of irate youths protesting the frequent attacks and killings in Southern Kaduna communities, yesterday pelted the convoy of the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, with stones.

The mob also set the residence of the Caretaker Chairman of Jama’a Local Government Area, Dr. Bege Katuka, ablaze.

A 24-hour curfew was imposed on the area last Monday after a protest by the youths over persistent killings in communities in the southern part of the state.
The governor, his deputy, Barnabas Bantex, other top government officials alongside heads of security agencies were on a visit to the crisis prone areas to appeal for calm and to assure them that government was taking steps to address the situation.

NLC Threatens Nationwide Strike If N56,000 Minimum Wage Is Not Implemented

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened a nationwide strike in May 1,2017 if the Federal Government does not begin implementation of the N56,000 new national minimum wage it proposed or even set up a committee to that effect.

This was made in a statement by Congress’ President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba during a meeting in Abuja.

“The issue of minimum wage remains sacrosanct because of the fact that by law and practice, the review is due and overdue. I have said clearly that we cannot guarantee any industrial peace any longer if necessary steps are not taken by government to try to resolve this issue before the next May Day.”

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