Omojuwa.com’s Blogger receives death threats over a tweet: Nigeria’s politics of blood

Published:29 Jan, 2013

A Nigerian blogger @zebbook on Twitter, had in the wake of the Nigerian government’s predictable reaction to citizens who in anyway pick holes in the mess that is their style of governance, had tweeted thus “If Jesus criticizes Jonathan’s govt, Maku/Abati/Okupe will say he slept with Mary Madgalene.” This tweet was a direct response to the Goodluck Jonathan led government’s reaction to a lecture delivered by former World Bank Vice President (Africa) Oby Ezekwesili where she highlighted the extent of waste and corruption under the administration. The government in reacting called her out and was just short of calling her a thief. This reaction is nothing new as it is the modus operandi of a system that obsessively refuses to take corrections to better itself.

The uproar generated by @zebbook ‘s tweet is well documented but it has since gone out of control. He has been receiving death threats and a caller actually read out his address to him saying they’d come kill him. It has to be said that the tweet was just another tweet until a politician Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, a constant target and an obsession of the Jonathan government retweeted same. If you are not a Nigerian you’d wonder how this could become a controversy but in Nigeria people get killed for their religious beliefs. Three different numbers have since called to threaten @zebbook and his family. The calls were made yesterday and continued today with the calls now made through “private numbers.” We will get to the root of this.

As I speak, @zebbook has been chased from his house even as Nigeria’s dirty bloody politics gets even bloodier. His tweet was saying anyone, no matter how highly placed or clean would be derided, cursed and abused if the person ever seeks to correct the style of governance and gargantuan state of corruption under the Jonathan administration. This is why @zebbook ‘s life is in danger and is the reason why freedom and liberty remain under threat in Nigeria’s democratic caricature.

A report has been made to the police.

  • Gafar Titilope

    Better the details of the perpetrators are revealed to the whole world immediately.
    So sad when people react out of ignorance could react so far by not getting the contextual meaning of a tweet before spitting fire.
    God help Nigeria.

  • sure

    So sad it has come to this be it that I am not suprised though. As much as I support religious tolerance I was against such tweet and retweet plus indomitable voltrons that emanated because it does not promote religious tolerance in any way in a country of volatility hitherto practising blasphemy law(section204 of Nigerian criminal Code). The truth is that even a true muslim will not tweet or retweet that about jesus and this can cause confusion anywhere so let no one call nigeria or government. Let us forget since those accused have apologised to the offended. The voltrons should continue from where they quit on such analogy if they feel its cool.

  • Osa

    NCC forced us to register our SIM cards, so finding the people threatening @zebbook shouldnt be rocket science. Omojuwa.com now has the onus to expose that person, you blew the whistle except its a false alarm!

  • Samson

    Let tell him about our Lord n savior Jesus christ,Jesus came for the sinner not for d save. Jesus d same today n forever.

  • Slim

    Kai!!! Nigeria is far from becoming a United Nation…see how we have all turned this into religion. Haba!

  • Emma

    I wonder why Nigerians, at the slightest opportunity resort to name calling and mud-slinging. Someone is raising alarm about threat to life and some people are saying it is a lie. How do you want to prove it’s true; if he’s killed?

    Let’s shout and ensure the young man’s life and dream is not cut short instead of looking for whom to insult.
    If however, it is a false alarm aimed at whipping up public sentiments, then I think they’re no better than the people they’re criticising.

    In conclusion, let he who is in position to protect the young man’s life do so immediately.

  • Khomo

    At times I wonder if we are truly educated in this country and when are we going to stop this hypocrisy.. @Zeebook’s comment was just a parody , if he commited a sin according to u lot leave him and his God , …Why the threat ?

  • Mitchell

    Why are christians turning the tweet into a religious issue? Shey you see how crises start? The blogger I suppose only meant to show the extreme means the Nigerian government would go to tarnish the image or reputation of anyone who criticizes it. Even the untarnishable reputation of Jesus Christ. Do we really need to have this explained to us? Are we not all adults here? Please we should not develop the unreasonable sensitivities that have been the cause of many a religious crisis in this country.

  • Ashdale

    I imagine how people are going far in this matter. How can we progress when we only see through the eyes of religion.
    We voted base on religion and we have and still suffering from the consequences of our blindness and mediocrity.
    When it comes to religion matter, we throw away our sense of reasoning and pull on the zombie mode.
    Wake up from your slumber and live a life that is free from man-made rule and rituals. Stop playing God.
    And for @zebbook, he will overcome this challenge, he is protected not by man but by Him who made him.

  • amon

    Are u guys serious?? I thought we were talking about how terrible the government is and yall have let your minds get carried away by unecessary issues as usual!! FREEDOM OF SPEECH! The simply tried to make a point that made a lot of sense, its just grammar if he did that by using the mary magdalene vibe to it! I can’t believe some wld even suggest dat mallam rufai retweeted based on “religious sentiments” come on guys!
    You don’t have any clue how serious this is, it simply means we will all die in silence one day because the government will shut us up by any means necessary!! We must do everything to preserve our basic human rights.
    This should tell you what kind of government we are practicing.. Its WARLORD politics.. Go read about warlord politics and Weak african states maybe you will understand how bad things have gone!

  • MFusman

    Jesus Christ or Prophet Muhammad will not react the way we do as Muslims or Christians when we percieve they’ve insulted by the same or opposing believer. Shame on us as Christians and Muslims alike.

  • Victor

    What we do let us always show consideration,sensitivity and repect.Freedom of speech is not a licence to act irresponsibly.

  • chris

    I have tried to refrain from commenting on this issue I have keenly and carefully followed since yesterday. Firstly,let me state that some of us using the new media holds bloggers and “New Nigeria Activist” in high esteem and does not expect @zeebook to make school boy error he committed with his tweet. Weather you guys call it freedom of speech,politics,english,grammar, sarcasm,humor or whatever meaning or nomenclature you want it to connote,the truth must be said and let “call a spade,a spade”,the name Jesus is not meant to be used in any other form than for pious event or situation. Having said this,and in as much I don’t support what @zeebook action in this situation,death threat is not a justification for his blushes. Moreover,all the parties had apologized and to err is human. The scripture does not support any form of killing or threat.

  • @slyman43

    Wat shame,wat a country,wat a generation we find ourselves.cry d beloved country Nigeria..

  • Umar

    Whoever is behind this evil acts should please continue, a time would come when the rabbit would be pursuing the dog and the dog pursuing the hunter! As for my darling @zebbook, thou shall nt die but live. Ma beru, omo Akin ko gbudo sojo. Believe this, the Lord would protect his own people.

  • Staar

    For aa while, I was wondering what all these was all about? We are over sensitive in this country when we talk religion. So many peeps are fanatics but are yet to realize. I am a christian and I don’t see how Bukola insulted Jesus. Okay, Mallam Elrufai retweeted it, so what? One thing for sure, we are very shallow minded in thit country…… Then we tell ourselves that one religion is supreme to the other. Your ‘religion’ should be your way of life, check yourselves. We all know that this present government will do anything to turn citizens of this country to ‘dundi’ so to speak.

  • Revolution

    Murderous mob mentality in action.

  • amon

    How do you fight for God?? Who’s business is it how God decides to judge?? We often seem to forget that fact! The issue on ground is someone got a death threat for speaking his mind. We are getting to the point of total collapse!a Warlord Government wiLl weaken every apparatus that may threaten their existence..
    Maybe some bored guys somewhere are just playing pranks, u never know..
    Every simcard that works must have been registered so there shldnt be a problem whether the numbers were hidden or not!

  • azed

    Obasanjo once said that this nation will still be corrupt even if she’s being ruled by Jesus. I’m very sure he wasn’t drunk when he said that

  • Chuxie

    No educated n “sensible” person(coz sm pple are educated but foolish) would take dat tweet as a religious blasphemy of any tut. It simply relays a message is clear…why can’t pple jst grow up and read in btwn D lines. Is it bcoz a knwn muslim Retweeted? I’m sure there wud have bn many others who Did same. May the cries Of Nigerians for equity and Justice not be in vain as we speak up against Injustice in the country.

  • Sinzu

    I am amazed by how nigerians think… So because El-rufai retweeted the tweet, we got so much uproar!! Even Jesus used parables in the bible. I am ashame for my people! Get religion out of ur head and let’s unite and fight dis Govt, if not for urselves, think about ur children

  • Foluke

    This has been taken way out of proportion. I’m also a Christian and I don’t see anything wrong with the statement. Sometimes we the citizens are our own greatest enemies cos we time and again give this heartless government the tools to use against us. If indeed he was wrong about what he said or how he said it, leave him to the only righteous judge that exists, God. Many of us are guilty of the crime we accuse him of,no one is completely pure so why do you want to add more to your sins by killing him or his family members? Is that not hypocrisy in it self?

  • Jim Hines

    Freedom of speech does not protect you from the consequences of saying stupid shit.

  • kel

    Let’s not play down the religious porosity of our dear country Nigeria. If you’ve ever lived in the north and i mean Kaduna and Jos specifically where i lived until the crisis got bloodier, you will understand that if it was a Christian that retweeted and laughed at an unwarranted comparison the way Elrufai did in the name of a joke by a young nigerian blogger who obviously does not know his left from his right, it would not just have been death threats, we would have actually counted more dead bodies than the number of threats @zebbook has received. One would have expected that Elrufai councels the young man about using such a comparison. The first time i see muslims apologizing to christians on Elrufai’s wall for Elrufai’s misdemeanor. I also feel personally insulted when Elrufai’s voltrons insult the intelligence of Nigerians by saying we missed the joke directed at Jonathan and his government. Many of us can read and write and we know the import of Zebbook’s tweet, we only find it distasteful to use the name Jesus in the manner it was used. Why will an old man retweet and laugh “LWKMD’ at such? He should have stood his ground as he is wont to do and say he does not owe anyone any apology. @zebbook himself tweeted an unapologetic ‘no apology’ to everybody that felt offended by his tweet, 24 hours later he renders an apology, shuts down his twitter account and is now in hiding. Elrufai himself renders an apology and less than 24hours later, he is still spewing rubbish. The fixation on Jonathan and his government by the opposition should not make us insensitive to others who are of a separate faith. I hope we all learn from this incidence and put it behind us as we learn to detach religion & activism from politics. My little 2 cents.

  • ahmed tanko

    Are the threats coming from Govt agents or Christian Terrorists/Extremists? Anyway it is the responsibility of FGN to protect Nigerian Citizens,wherever.

  • http://gru.org Guru.

    Your plans are beginning back-fire. “A root will spring up from the south, and anyone that stands against it shall wither”!

  • ade

    I often wonder if the way we carry on abt religion is d way we act individually, will dis country nt be a better place?? Since when did we get the authority to fight God’s battles or be d ruler and judge of God’s affairs??? Is God too small dat He needs us to defend His honor?? I am shocked! to think that a young man’s life will be threatened over exercising his right to freedom of speech!!!

    To those who have called and threatened @zebbok, except u want the wrath of God to descend on u and ur generations, u will take whatever religious prejudice u have and shove it down ur throats..

    What is wrong with us?? If u feel as a person @zebbok has insulted ur religious sensitivity, why not just hit ur unfollow button or block such person?? If we can’t respect each other’s freedom/rights, what’s all d clamor about?

    I am a christian and I am appalled @ d way some of my brethren interprete/twist words in d name of being religious .. U want to pick a cause, pick a noble one, nt one dat is mundane and senseless and certainly not one u have no bizness with…

    That anyone can even justify threatening @zebbok for his tweets , in my own opinion, whoever did dat is a big FOOL(s).. So u think the God u want to protect HIS honor will applaud u for killing ?? Bera have a rethink..

  • opeyemi

    Some comment above shows dat some pple are moron are dis show hw foolish some can be. Somebody try to express himself on hw desperate dis present govt cud go to attack whosoever questions his government….. @zeebook said “IF” which is a conditional clause and he used Jesus simply bcos he is a christian. I don’t get the reason y somepple are attacking him 4 using jesus. Don’t we make reference to Jesus christ in our dealing? Most of us here even Swear with d bible in Vain. I, as a person knows d guy is safe and surely nothing will happen to him. Thank god dis foolish country call nigeria expires Jan 1, 2014. We shall all go our different ways.

  • Justus

    zebbook or whatsoever he calls himself wanted popularity on twitter. Twitter has become a place to criticise the govt, copy omojuwa or el-rufai and you gain followers. He claims to be an activist why is he on the run. Next time he will behave. Hope the mother does not develop high blood pressure cos someone wanted fame on social media.

  • amon

    Nigerians, you gotta love us, very funny people, but I sometimes wonder if there’s any intelligence left in our heads.. I wonder.. If I pick up a crucifix and drop it in a furnace or burn the bible, would I die on the spot?? Do stuff like that really matter to God?? Its the same blood we have the veins of religious extremist that we have in people who are so unecessarily concerned about using Jesus name..I’m a christian.. And I dnt care wat the guy said about jesus because that’s not the issue and it will never be an issue because I could never notice something so irrelevant!!
    So what @zeebook wanted some popularity? That’s his problem , but the bottom line is that he made a very vital point some of yall have failed to notice!! Too blinded by religion that the RELIGION THAT IS SUPPOSED TO SET YOU FREE HAS BECOME A BONDAGE MADE OUT YOUR SHALLOW MINDS! I will not go about cussing and fussing bout irrelevant issues but I think we all need to think more often!!
    @zeebook should retreat does not mean he is running away, he’ll come back stronger and we will joing our vpices with his and change this country!!! This is proof that something can be done on twitter! Do you have any idea how much we say to the world? They know what we are going through so when our government people Go abroad telling lies at them interviews the world knows!! They do! Its our fight!

  • tobiloba

    The question is must you abuse someone before correcting him/her? Must you play politics with social network? Omojuwa and El- rufai, u guys should grow up. Give constructive criticisms not destructive ones and stop using foul language

  • http://facebook.com Obi

    When i saw it on facebook i didnt belived it bcoz i know muslims love and respect JESUS as their prophet. Plz we should be senceable in our doings

  • ekene uche

    A lot of twitter muscle flexing has been on ever since this story broke with a lot of accusations and counter accusations. To begin with,Nigerians are a sensitive and emotional people who in the flicker of an eye,can exhibit behaviours that wouldn’t normally be expected.
    2ndly,communication,written or verbal,connotes different things to people,ie,understanding. A single sentence can represent different things to people.
    Thus,I think on twitter,everyone has a responsibility to tweet responsibly.Or be ready to face the storm that might arise from the interpretation of a tweet. As a christain too,I ordinarily would not take offence with the tweet cos he was drawing an analogy,but that’s me. How about the remaining 150million people?
    Me thinks it was just a harmless tweet that went sour given the touchy and unpredictable nature of Nigerians,esp when it relates to religion! For a moment I am forced to wonder,what if it had been Mohammed instead of Jesus? Would it be like this or something much worse?
    Finally,it hasn’t gotten to a point where the tweeter should be threatened,God fights his battle,@least as a christain that’s what I believe! He needs no helper for that.
    As I said earlier,tweet or Retweet responsibly!!! Prevention till today still beats the hell out of cure!

  • alistair

    Naija social media get enough hypocrites, even oyinbo go tell u such analogue go cause wahala for a country like Nigerians, Nigerians wey suppose know better dey yarn opata like say dem come back from north pole. El rufai are u a learner? For the tweet and Rt to reach dis kain
    Kasala, Wetin we dey call for baba ijebu na 2-sure and for pool na sure banker. Dem dey tell u say our country na 1 of d most dangerous places to live, dat tweet na 2 test if na true? Abeg make nothing happen to people wey don apologise 2 people dem annoy na I’m be our prayer and everybody go find beta work do. Oya! Commot here jare!

  • Meldrick

    That’s a lie. He’s just looking for cheap popularity. Nobody sent him death threat.

  • http://www.madekreations.com M’ADE

    #GBAM. I CAN REMEMBER WHEN HE SAID THAT, ISN’T IT OBVIOUS THAT APART FROM MANY UNEDUCATED AND UN-INTELLIGENT TROOPS WE HAVE IN NIGERIA, MANY OF THESE PEOPLE THREATEN THE ‘GOOD’ ARE ONLY FIGHTING UNDER DISGUISE OF RELIGION AND THE REST WHO FOLLOWED DIDNT EVEN SEE THE SAID TWEET….. I AM SO SAD FOR THIS COUNTRY

  • http://www.madekreations.com M’ADE

    IS THAT YOUR LIL WAY OF COMPREHENDING?

  • Andie Torgbenda

    This is a clear case of usin 1 stone 2 kill 2 birds n d joy of blamin it on someone else is another incentive. Elrufai just saw a perfect opportunity 2 insult d supposed Jonathanians n christians, he took it with joy. Thank God u’re showin ur true colours now, if d tweet had made jest of prophet Muhamed will u’ve retweeted it? Let d SUPPOSED mega party make a mistake by presentin u in 2015 n get outright rejection, we can’t allow a religious fanatic 2 lead this country again. Guess its just Ribadu now, u better kiss politics goodbye!

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Dear President, Terrorism which was alien to Nigeria has become an intrinsic challenge to the country. This challenge has led to serious infrastructural damage in the areas of education, health and social welfare facilities, poor economy particularly in affected areas, while millions are left homeless. Terrorism in Nigeria did not develop from a vacuum; there are some social and political factors that gave birth to terrorism in Nigeria. Though the terrorist group, under the name “boko...

Air Force Unveils Unmanned Bomb Detector, Light Surveillance Aircraft

The development is part of the force’s contribution to the fight against insurgency in the troubled north-eastern region. Commandant of the AFIT, Air Vice Marshal Toni Adokwe, introduced the device at a gathering ahead of the institute’s 44th Convocation Ceremony coming up on Friday. The Commandant demonstrated how the device could dictate and pick up Impoverished Explosive Device to safer locations for disposal. The device has a frequency jammer to distort GSM signals and...

Beneath Leahy’s Law By Anthony Ademiluyi

Senator Patrick Leahy etched his name in the world of diplomacy through the instrumentality of the American Senate – an institution he has belonged to since 1975 with the promulgation of the Leahy act named after him. The Leahy vetting is the process by which the United States government vets assistance to foreign security forces to ensure that the recipients have not committed gross human rights abuses. Military aid is automatically withdrawn if there are established and...

Names Of Oil Thieves Handed To Buhari By U.S

A member of the President Muhammadu Buhari's entourage during last week’s visit to the US has disclosed that the US gave the president names of Nigerian oil thieves. The source disclosed that the President was given two separate lists – one listing the names of top government officials who have been stealing the country’s oil, using their high offices to perpetrate the stealing; and the other containing the names of illegal oil bunkerers. He said the...

Fake Baby Bump? Kim K Flaunts It Anyway

Kim Kardashian’s pregnant tummy seems to be growing, then shrinking, then growing again! While the KUWTK star, 34, has been extremely vocal that there is no way she’s faking her second pregnancy, Kim was under speculation yet again after her baby bump seemed to drastically change size within one day. So how is Kim reacting to the controversy? Well, not exactly how you’d expect! “Kim thinks the whole ‘fake’ baby bump controversy is hysterical. If anyone doesn’t think she’s pregnant they should take a...

Nigerian Army Arrests Soldier Responsible For Sporadic Shooting In Damaturu

The Nigerian Army said the sporadic shooting heard around Damaturu metropolis on Tuesday was due to an action of one of its soldiers. The explanation came in a statement issued by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman. “The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the public and clarify that the sporadic firing heard in Damaturu this evening was a gross act of indiscipline on the part of a soldier who has already been arrested,” Usman...

Kaduna State reconstitutes boards, names Special Assistant on Persons With Disability

-    Binta Dikko-Audu heads SIECOM -    Aboki leads KASUPDA -    Aliyu Muhammed Salisu is Special Assistant on Persons with Disability The Kaduna State Government today announced new boards for it agencies responsible for managing elections, urban planning, traffic and emergencies. A statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, disclosed that the governor has approved the reconstitution of the boards of SIECOM, KASUPDA, KASTELEA and SEMA. Dr. Binta Dikko-Audu will chair the board of the Kaduna State Independent Electoral...

PDP Supports PMB’s Anti-Corruption Move, Warns Against Victimization

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supported the anti-corruption war by President Muhammadu Buhari, noting however, that the war should not be blind to the impunity of the present leaders of the country in terms of borrowing and spending without recourse to the statutory organs of government. The party also insisted on due process in order to ensure that it is not used as a guise to victimize innocent citizens and curtail the freedom of Nigerians.

APC Accepts Gbajabiamila’s Emergence; Still Indifferent On Saraki, Ekweremadu

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has expressed “relative satisfaction” with the choice of Femi Gbajabiamila as the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. He, however, expressed indifference to the vote of confidence passed on the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and other principal officers of the upper legislative chamber. Mr. Gbajabiamila on Thursday emerged the House Leader. He had on June 9 contested the Speaker position but...

We Were Not Elected To Fight For Positions, Saraki To Senators

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, told his colleagues that the primary purpose of their election was not to fight for leadership positions but to pursue good governance and purposeful leadership. Saraki made this remark while welcoming his colleagues back to the plenary after  a four-week recess which was dictated by fierce struggle for leadership positions. Saraki said: “Nigerians did not give us our mandate to come and pursue leadership; their mandate was for us to...

Dozens Of Women, Children Freed From Boko Haram By Nigerian Army

Nigeria's army said Tuesday it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country's northeast. Army officials said the operation to free the captives took place in the town of Dikwa in Borno State, which had fallen to Boko Haram twice since April, and was recaptured by...

Tyga Sued For Not Paying His Rent

17-year-old Kylie Jenner owns her own $2.7 million home, and her 25-year-old boyfriend, Tyga, is being sued for not paying his rent ... yet again. Tyga's being sued by his landlord for failing to pay two months rent on his house in posh Calabasas. The pad rents for $25k/month ... and the landlord says he's behind that amount times 2. If Tyga doesn't fork over the loot by Saturday, the landlord will go for eviction and charge him...

Kissing May Cause Cancer?

Kissing has overtaken smoking and drinking as the leading risk factor for developing head and neck cancers. The humble French kiss can pass on human papilloma virus (HPV), and Head of Maxillofacial and Head and neck Surgery at the Royal Darwin Hospital, Dr Mahiban Thomas, said the virus was responsible for a ‘tsunami’ of cancer cases. Dr Thomas told NT News if you became infected by HPV in the oropharynx, your risk of developing head...

Actress Linda Ejiofor Beautiful In New Photos

Nollywood Actress Linda Ejiofor looks glamorous in her new photoshoot.    

Amina Bala Zakari: Is She Good Enough To Lead INEC? – Tunde Babalola

The narrative has changed in Nigeria’s political hemisphere since power changed hands via the ballot on May 29th, with the PDP having some trouble settling into its new role as opposition after 16 years in charge. This perhaps explains why like a toddler learning to walk, the party is holding onto every action and inaction of President Muhammadu Buhari to form the fulcrum of its criticisms. From probes, to speeches, to appointments, the PDP has made it...

EFCC Interrogates Saraki’s wife for six hours

Wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, invited to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s office in Abuja on Tuesday for interrogations, arrived with a plethora of supporters who are lawmakers. Mrs. Saraki was invited alongside Zainab Dankingari, the wife of a former governor of Kebbi State and daughter of the late president,...

President Buhari Appoints Gen Boroh As Head Of Amnesty Programme

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Brigadier-General Paul.T. Boroh (rtd.) as the Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme for former Niger Delta militants. Brig. Boroh, whose appointment takes immediate effect, is to take over the responsibilities of Kingsley Kuku, the former Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Niger Delta who also doubled as Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme. The appointment of a new Coordinator for the Amnesty Programme is expected to lead to the speedy resolution of recent...

Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, dies at 85

THE Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, has reportedly passed on, on Tuesday, at 85 years. Sources said the monarch, who was said to have been flown out of the country since last Friday, died in the United Kingdom. A former commissioner and indigene of Ife, who spoke to Punch said, “It is true. I was with him on Wednesday. Last Thursday when we held the political summit in Ife, he supported us and sent an emissary to the summit. He...

KogiDecides: Politics Aside Kogi State Deserves Good Governance – @Lanre_Olagunju

Nigerian politicians most times fail to realize that Nigerians aren’t as concerned about the party in government - be it the People’s Democratic Party or the All Progressives Congress - as much as they are concerned about good governance. Politicians, in many cases, are still mostly conceived to be liars and king of mischief. But in the real sense, good governance doesn’t lie. When a government works, everyone feels the impact. But when a government in power...

Bobbi Kristina’s Body Released For Burial

The Fulton County Medical Examiner has released Bobbi Kristina's body and it is currently at a funeral home in preparation for burial next to her mom. The body was released Tuesday at around noon, a day after an autopsy was performed. The Medical Examiner has all the information he needs to determine the official cause of death, although it appears from the preliminary results there were no signs of foul play. The service is set for...

Prophet commits suicide in kirikiri prison

Destiny Onwudinjo, an acclaimed prophet of Heaven Divine Ministry, in Shasha, area of Lagos, has committed suicide inside the Kirikiri maximum Prison. Onwudinjo who was sentenced to seven years imprisonment without an option of fine for absconding from court to evade trial, decided to terminate his life inside the prison after he became dejected about his conviction and jail term. According to his co-inmates, he hit his head several times on the prison wall and broke his head. He later fell down and...

Gaddafi’s son sentenced to death

A Libyan court  has sentenced Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, and eight others including Gaddafi’s former head of intelligence -Abdullah al-Senussi, to death over war crimes linked to the 2011 revolution. More than 30 close associates of the deposed leader are also on trial for suppressing protests during the uprising.

Amaechi behind REC’s arrest, says family

The family of the arrested Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Gesila Khan, has accused former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, of being behind the arrest of Khan by the Department of State Services. Khan’s family, from Peretoru in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, made the allegation in a statement on Tuesday in Yenagoa.

Senate: PDP mourns as Akpabio suffers first ever judicial defeat

... tribunal dismisses ex governor's  preliminary objection against Okori ...fear, anxiety grips Akpabio, PDP as witness testimony begins July 29 ...ruling a big setback for us - PDP As early as 9am the courtroom was filled to capacity. Counsels, APC supporters, journalists, tribunal staff all took their sit in preparation for the commencement of the days proceedings. The main agenda was the tribunals ruling on the two preliminary objection...

Lady Gaga’s Fiancée Bought Her $295,000 Worth of Alexander McQueen Shoes

Lady Gaga in a nude bodysuit with three pairs of Alexander McQueen armadillo boots. “Long Live McQueen. Look monsters, we got a sign of love from the beyond,” she wrote.  Aside from the models contractually obligated to wear Alexander McQueen’s Armadillo boots down the runway,Lady Gaga was one of the only women who was brave enough to take them for a spin in real life. Now, years after the shoes made their catwalk debut and their original designer passed...

Patience Jonathan was not denied access to the VIP lounge at PH airport – FAAN releases official statement

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has denied reports that the wife of the former President, Dame Patience Jonathan, was denied access to the VIP lounge of the Port Harcourt International Airport. FAAN has said even though the former First Lady was not denied access, her convoy...

Why I Joined ISIS & Left After 3 Days, Former ISIS Militant Explains

A former Islamic State militant recently spoke with NBC news about his experience fighting with the group in Syria — and why he surrendered after just three days on the frontlines. The man, a 24-year-old single father and college dropout who traveled from New York back to his native Turkey, told NBC what has become a familiar story. Socially isolated and lacking meaning in his life, he was seduced by the jihadis' promise...

Fed High Court Clears Saraki To Constitute Senate Standing C’ttees

The Federal High Court in Abuja has refused to grant an ex-parte order seeking to stop the Senate President Bukola Saraki from constituting the senate standing committees . While ruling on Tuesday in an ex-parte motion filed and argued by Manman Osuman on behalf of five senators led by Senator Kabir Marafa, Justice Gabriel Kolawole held that there was nothing urgent in what the plaintiffs are asking for. Justice kolawole said that the senate standing...

Publish Jonathan’s Handover Notes, PDP Reps Charge PMB

The House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to publish the handover notes of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the official  gazette of the federation. The resolution,Tuesday, at resumption of plenary after a recess, followed a motion by Uzom Nkem-Abonta who observed that only officials of the presidency have access to the document at the moment. Mr. Abonta however noted that “some extant laws may place restrictions on the publication of the document” even...

Tinubu seeks 100 days of honeymoon for Buhari

An APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, urged Nigerians who have been accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of being too slow to allow the President at least 100 days of honeymoon. Speaking with State House correspondents shortly after meeting behind closed-door with Buhari at the...

81 Senators Pass Vote of Confidence on Saraki

The Senate on Tuesday passed a Vote of Confidence on Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki's presidency, putting to bed insinuations in some quarters that it is divided. The motion, which was moved by Senator Samuel Anyanwu (Imo east), had a wide range of support base and acceptance of majority of the Senate, as 81 Senators supported the motion. The passage of the Vote of Confidence on Saraki's leadership as President of the Senate has effectively laid to rest...

Khloe Kardasian Brings Sexy Back In Smoking Hot Photo Shoot

Khloe Kardashian has shared an unaltered photograph from a recent photoshoot after haters slammed the pictures online for being overly retouched. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians reality star is the cover story of Complex mag’s August/September edition in a sexy workout shoot.   Read More: uk.celebrity.yahoo.com

Yes! Eva Longoria Wears Glasses

She’s the face of a new campaign for Australian discount eyewear brand Specsavers, and Eva Longoria has been accused of faking her need for glasses just to get the gig. Jenna Clarke of the Sydney Morning Herald claimed, “Eva was in town representing a budget eyewear chain, but according to photographers that have been snapping her for close to 15 years, she doesn’t wear spectacles. I’ve only found two photos of her ever spotted wearing glasses outside the...

Robbery, Thuggery, Now Forgery: A Legislative Evolution By Gbolahan Yusuf

The legislature. Many see it as the most important leg in the tripod of governance, especially given its power as a supervisory arm over the almighty executive even while limiting the power of the judiciary over it. It is public knowledge that any democracy revolves around the people (of, by, and for the people), and so the powers of the legislature are easily justified seeing as it stands for the people in any government. Or well, it...

EFCC Forms Team For Saraki’s Wife, Yar’Adua’s Daughter

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday raised a team of crack investigators to grill Senate President Bukola Saraki’s wife, Oluwatoyin and the late President Umaru Yar’Adua’s daughter, Hajiya Zainab Dakingari. Mrs. Saraki has written the EFCC seeking to appear today or tomorrow. Expressing her readiness to cooperate with the anti-graft commission, she had never received unlawful public funds. A source in the commission said: “We are ready for Mrs. Oluwatoyin Saraki and Hajiya Zainab...

Gbajabiamila emerges Reps Majority Leader

Representative of the Surulere Federal Constituency, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila has emerged the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. Details to come later...

Gbajabiamila Emerges Reps Majority Leader

The leadership crisis in the House of Representatives appears to have been resolved as the member, representing Surulere Federal Constituency of Lagos, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, has emerged the Majority Leader of the House. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met the representatives ahead of their resumption today but the federal lawmakers emerged from the meeting singing discordant tunes, suggesting that the meeting with the president had failed. Read More: punchng

Two Senior Pastors Continue Their Bloody Fight Over Who Will Be General Superintendent

The shameless leadership tussle in the Assemblies of God Church is getting out of hand. Reports suggest that there would have been another bloodbath recently but for the timely intervention of the police. Vanguard reports that factionalization of the church has resulted in crisis which has been brewing in the church as two senior Reverends, Professor Paul Emeka and Dr Chidi Okoroafor, have been at loggerheads, each laying claim to be the overall leader of...

APC Supports Buhari’s Probe Of Jonathan’s Administration

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has expressed strong support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to probe the immediate past federal government, saying the revelations of mind-boggling corruption that are just beginning to emerge have made such a probe imperative. ”Some people have insinuated that the Buhari Administration should ignore the massive looting of our patrimony and move on. We say no responsible government can afford to do that, because it will amount to endorsing corruption and...

“Poverty Is Not An Excuse For Failure. Do Something!” – Auma Obama

Some inspiring quotes by President Obama's sister, Auma. "When Barack first came to Kenya he slept in a small camping bed in my flat" "I once drove Barack in my battered beetle here in Kenya. 27 years later he gave me a ride in the Beast. Poverty is not an excuse for failure. Everyone can succeed. Do something!" Credit- linda Ikeji

Boko Haram Fails In Another Attempt To Capture Home Town Of COAS

Boko Haram terrorists have failed in their latest attempt to capture Buratai, Borno State, the home town of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj-Gen. Tukur Buratai and also the location of a military camp. The Director Army Public Relations (DAPR) Col. Sani Usman, who confirmed this in a short message Tuesday noted that this is about the fourth time since February 2014 the dreaded group has attacked Buratai. Usman said that the terrorist invaders had...

38 People Dead: Boko Haram Members On The Run, Chadian Forces In Pursuit

The Chadian army has launched a “major operation” to flush out Boko Haram jihadists from islands in Lake Chad, sparking violent clashes on Monday between soldiers and the Islamic State-affiliated group. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will, meanwhile, travel to neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on combating the regional threat posed by the extremist group, whose six-year insurgency has claimed 13,000 lives and caused about 1.5 million people to flee their homes. On Monday, “violent clashes” raged near...

PDP Spent N2.5bn, APC N728m During Election Campaigns – Report

A report by Compliance and Content Monitoring Ltd (CCM) has revealed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Party (APC) spent a combined N3.23 billion on political campaign advertisements for this year’s general elections, according to a report at the weekend. According to the report PDP spent for about N2.5 billion (77 per cent) and APC spent N728 million (23 per cent). CCM said the media advertisements were placed on radio, television, press...

Bobby Brown will Not Get Any Part of the Fortune Whitney, Bobbi Kristina Left Behind

Bobbi Kristina was set to inherit at least $20 million when Whitney Houston died, but there were strings attached and it looks like most of that fortune will be determined by Whitney's wishes ... not her daughter's. Accordng to News We got from TMZ: We've seen a copy of Whitney's will, which established a trust in which Bobbi Kristina got 1/10 of Whitney's estate when she turned 21. Bobbi Kristina was set to get 1/6 of...

Court Refuses To Stop Probe Of Ekweremadu, Others

A Federal High Court in Abuja has refused to stop the police from continuing investigation of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and others over alleged forgery of the Senate 2015 Standing Rules. Justice Gabriel Kolawole yesterday refused an ex-parte application filed by Senator Prince Gilbert Emeka Nnaji which sought to restrain the police from proceeding with the investigation and making public the report of the inquiry. Nnaji requested interim orders to restrain the...

Gaddafi’s Son Sentenced To Death

A court in Libya has sentenced Saif al-Islam, the most prominent son of Libya's slain leader Muammar Gaddafi, to death by firing squad. He was sentenced in absentia on Tuesday by a court in the capital, Tripoli, along with eight other senior members of the former regime, which was overthrown in 2011. They were accused of war crimes and suppressing peaceful protests during the revolution, a state prosecutor said in early June. The trial...

PMB Seeks Senate’s Confirmation Of Newly Appointed Service Chiefs

The Senate on Tuesday announced the receipt of a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, requesting the confirmation of Service Chiefs, recently appointed by him. President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, read the letter at plenary as the Red Chamber resumed after five weeds recess. Saraki said that the letter for confirmation of the appointments was in accordance with the provisions of Section18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act, 2004. Read More: vanguardngr

House Crisis: Reps Adopt APC’s Zoning Formular

A make or mar meeting between opposing factions of All Progressives Congress members in the House of Representatives, ended early Tuesday with the two sides adopting an earlier directive from the APC leadership on the zoning of key leadership positions. The party had zoned the positions in a letter to the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, on June 23. In the letter, the party presented Femi Gbajabiamila (South-West) as the house leader; Ado Doguwa (North-West) as deputy...

Late Bobbi Kristina Had History of Falling Asleep Wasted in Bathtubs

Bobbi Kristina got extremely drunk the night before her mom died, fell asleep in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and flooded the room ... and it could be critical evidence in the homicide investigation. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Bobbi was partying with Whitney Houston at the Beverly Hilton bar and got drunk and unruly. Bobbi Kristina went up to her room, drew a bath and fell asleep in the tub ... intoxicated. By the time she...

Over 250,000 Barrels Of Oil Siphoned Daily, PMB Raises Alarm

President Muhammadu Buhari has raised the alarm that oil theft continues at the moment with an average of more than 250,000 barrels being siphoned daily. Speaking yesterday on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) programme tagged “Good Morning Nigeria”, Buhari promised  that he would soon ensure that those committing that crime against Nigeria are faced with facts and prosecuted. He said crude was  being illegally loaded from the country’s terminals by unpatriotic Nigerians that only...

Tyrese Blasts Urban Radio For Not Playing His Song

White radio will ONLY play R&B/Soul if it's performed by white guys ... so claims the black guy who has the #1 R&B/Soul album ... Tyrese. Tyrese does not mince words ... he says he can't get white radio DJ's to play his single "Shame" to save his life ... it's only played on black stations. He then ups the ante, claiming white radio would love "Shame" if it was performed by Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith or Robin Thicke.

Woman Who Accused Bill Clinton Of Sexual Harassment Launches Anti-Hillary Website

A woman who has claimed she was sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton during his presidency in 1993 is going after his wife with a website chronicling 'a scandal a day' – and she's looking for more sex-harassment victims. Kathleen Willey testified in a lawsuit brought by Paula Jones against the former president that he groped her and kissed her in a small room near the Oval Office. The Clintons and their lawyers disputed that claim. But...

Nick Gordon Learnt About Bobbi Kristina’s Death Over The Internet… Releases Press Statement

Bobbi Kristina Brown's boyfriend Nick Gordon learned of the 22-year-old's death over the internet, according to reports. An insider told Us Weekly that Nick learned of Bobbi's death "just like everyone else did, from the internet" as he was in Florida with his mother at the time the news broke. Nick had been banned from seeing Bobbi Kristina and earlier this month he was served with $10 million lawsuit, accusing him of being violent towards her...

Army To Establish Motorcycle Battalion To Combat Terrorism

The Nigerian Army is considering setting up of a special force that will use motorcycles to check the activities of terrorists. The new battalion, when established will complement efforts of the ground troops. It has been learnt that the Motorcycle Battalion will be a special unit out of the initiative of the army chief, Major General Tukur Buratai, in his efforts to wipe out Boko Haram within the shortest possible time. Reports say that the new...

Earthquake Hits Indonesia

The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Indonesia’s Papua region on Tuesday. It said the quake struck inland, some 244 kilometres west of the provincial capital of Jayapura. No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of deaths or damage. Credit: NAN

More On Obama’s Speech During AU Visit

Closing a historic visit to Africa, President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged the continent's leaders to prioritize creating jobs and opportunity for the next generation of young people or risk sacrificing future economic potential to further instability and disorder. He said the "urgent task" of generating jobs for a population that is expected to double to...

Obama Addresses AU, Emphasizes On Human Rights

Barack Obama arrived at African Union headquarters Tuesday, where he will become the first US president to address the 54-member continental bloc, at the end of a tour focused on corruption, rights and security. In his speech, President Obama addresses climate change, security, food security, human rights and democracy. Details on his speech will be brought soon...

Rihanna And Lewis Hamilton Dating?

Lewis, 30, has cooled things off with model Kendall Jenner so he can give the singing star his full attention. Last Saturday he and Rihanna, 27, dined at New York restaurant Da Silvano before moving on to 1 OAK nightclub. They then went to her penthouse in the city to carry on partying into the early hours. Read More: 

News Alert!! Godswill Akpabio Emerges Senate Minority Leader

Former Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio has been named the minority? leader of the senate. THE CABLE reports that Akpabio was nominated by the south-south caucus of the PDP in the senate. His nomination, however, is against the standing rules of the senate, which exempts first-term senators from holding principal positions. More details later.

This Man Is CONVINCED He is Jesus Christ, Already Gaining Followers

An Australian man believes the Shroud of Turin proves he is the second coming of Jesus Christ - and he says the Vatican is convinced, too. Before we go any further, we have to explain what the shroud of Turin is. The Shroud of Turin is  a length of linen cloth bearing the image of a man who appears to have suffered physical trauma in a manner consistent with crucifixion. Many believe that the image on...

Jihadi John Flees ISIS?

British terrorist “Jihadi John” has reportedly left  ISIS, fearing for his life after being identified six months earlier as a Kuwaiti-born Londoner from a well-to-do family. Jihadi John left because the terrorist organization might drop him "like a stone or worse if they feel he is no longer of any use to them," according to a source for the British news outlet, the Daily Express. The Daily Express report has not been confirmed by government...

Committee Threatens Sanctions Against Violent House Of Reps Members

As members of the House of Representatives resume plenary on Tuesday, the Adhoc Committee on Code of Conduct has warned returning members to behave orderly. Plenary was cut short the last time the House sat on June 25 when some members attempted to seize the mace leading to a free-for-all fight between members loyal to Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Femi Gbajabiamila. After the fracas, Mr. Dogara postponed plenary to July 28. The ad hoc...

NASS Crisis: I’ll Crush All Opposition, Mostly APC Members – Speaker Dogara Warns

Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Monday, July 27, 2015, warned all members of the parliament, mostly, members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), who are against his leadership, to conduct themselves orderly as the parliament resumes, otherwise, they would be severely dealt with. According to Daily Independent, Members of the APC Loyalist Group had been at dagger drawn with the speaker over the allocation of the Principal Officers seats meant for the...

Flood Wreaks Havoc In Anambra

Awka and Onitsha, the capital and commercial nerve centre of Anambra state, were yesterday heavily impacted by flood following torrential rains that lasted from the early hours of Sunday to yesterday. By yesterday afternoon, the flood had pulled down a residential building at Udoka Estate and submerged another at Ngozika Estate in Awka. The flood also made Awka Ring Road leading to Nibo impassable. The flood, which made the Obibia River to overflow across the road,...

A Minister In GEJ’s Govt Stole $6Billion – Gov. Oshiomole Alleges

Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole has alleged that a minister that served in former president Jonathan's administration stole a whooping $6billion. Governor Oshiomole made the allegation while speaking to state house correspondents after a meeting with President Buhari today. He said American officials made the alleged fraud known to the Buhari led delegation during the state visit to the US last week. "PDP destroyed the country. I mean from the lips of American officials; senior officials of the...

Tribunal Dimisses Wike’s Bid To Relocate Election Tribunal To Rivers

The Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, has dismissed an application by Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, seeking an order relocating its venue to Rivers. In a ruling, the three-man panel led by Justice Muazu Pindiga, dismissed the application on the ground that the tribunal had power to sit in Abuja, following security challenges in the state. The tribunal also held that the composition of the tribunal was not in any way defective...

Boko Haram: President Buhari To Visit Cameroon

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks with that country's President Paul Biya on combatting the regional threat from Boko Haram, Nigerian officials said. "President Buhari is going to Cameroon on Wednesday. He will hold talks with President Biya on arrival on Wednesday and the issue of Boko Haram will be central in their discussion," presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said. Since his inauguration on May 29, Buhari has...

A Lot Of Knowledgeable Nigerians Have Been Compromised, Buhari Explains Why It Is Taking Time To Appoint Ministers

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Buhari has once again explained why it is taking him time to appoint ministers, saying that a lot of knowledgeable Nigerians fit for the position have been compromised and it is very risky to appoint such people into office. He explained that appointing ministers who will be taking instructions from ‘powerful people’ outside the cabinet will take Nigeria back to square one and that is part of what...

Eve & Billionaire Husband Maximillion Cooper Enjoy a Family Vacation in Barbados

Grammy award winner Eve and billionaire husband Maximillion Cooper got engaged on Christmas Day in 2013 and wedded in June 2014 in Ibiza, Spain. They were on Sunday papped enjoying a family vacation in Barbados. The 36-year-old rapper wore a white two-piece with a scalloped top while on holiday with Gumball 3000 co-founder Maximillion and his four children from a previous marriage. Eve was in the driver's seat of a Yamaha jet ski with Maximillion, 43, right behind...

Bobbi Kristina’s Autopsy Shows No Evidence Of Foul Play

There are no obvious signs someone tried to kill Bobbi Kristina ... this according to the preliminary autopsy results. According to the Fulton County Medical Examiner, the autopsy shows "no obvious underlying cause of death."  The Medical Examiner goes on to say, "no significant injuries were noted." Short story ... this could help Nick Gordon, who has been under the police microscope from the get-go. The report says there were no previously unknown medical conditions that could...

States To Repay Bailout Loans From Allocations

It has been revealed that the bailout package being prepared by the Central Bank of Nigeria for the 36 states of the federation is to be deducted from their statutory allocations. On Monday revealed that some state governors had started visiting the central bank to discuss modalities on how and when the funds would be released. It was gathered that the CBN would release the package to the states as concessionary loans to be repaid over a longer period...

Crude oil falls below $54, threatens Nigeria’s savings

The global benchmark crude oil hit $53.33 per barrel on Monday, threatening the expected accretion to Nigeria’s Excess Crude Account this year. The steep decline in oil prices had forced the National Assembly to settle for $53 per barrel as the oil benchmark price for this year’s budget, down from $65 proposed by the...

Forgery Scandal: Lawan group heads for court again

Senators opposed to the leadership of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, operating on the platform of a group called Senate Unity Forum, on Monday filed a fresh suit at Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking the nullification of the inauguration of the 8th Senate carried out by the management of the National Assembly, on June 9.

Buhari: I won’t make persons who lack integrity ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said he would not make compromised citizens and ‘hostages’ ministers. “We will try as much as possible to avoid appointing hostages; by this, I mean people who have been in the system but compromised their personal and professional integrity, Buhari said on Monday in a live programme, Good Morning Nigeria, on...

US officials told us Jonathan’s minister stole $6bn —Oshiomhole

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday, said the Peoples Democratic Party government of former President Goodluck Jonathan had destroyed the country. Oshiomhole, who was on the entourage of President Muhammadu Buhari to the United States, said Nigeria had in Buhari a President who talked with confidence unlike “a President that is blabbing and...