How dare you Mallam Nasir El-Rufai!

Published:31 Jan, 2013

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When I first heard of the insensitive act of Elrufai against Jesus and Christians, I just waved it away with the hand saying I did not believe he would cast aspersions on the Jesus Christ, whom Christians hold sacred. “Mallam has apologised”, I was also told. “Political correctness”, I muttered.

I did not in any way believe that Mallam Elrufai would deliberately or even accidentally fall into such a religious pit as to draw to himself, the anger of Christians in a nation where he has emerged, over time, as a vocal opposition. Particularly in an environment of greed, corruption, tribalism and religious intolerance.

I was still adamant that he did not say anything untoward regarding my Lord and saviour. I would not even consider the thought that Elrufai, a man I refer to as a Nigerian, would lose his decency to the point of insensitivity. I have followed the actions and utterances of this man and I was not in doubt that he was the stuff nationalists were made. Here was a man who stood firmly on the side of truth, reason and common sense and insisted on lines of action that put the interests of Nigerians above those of the Late President Yar Adua’s cabal. He stood with Nigerians to do the right thing. Mallam Elrufai, a muslim and a Northerner, stood with Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, (who was not a muslim, no, he was also not from the North) against the established institution of power in Nigeria.

I was still doubtful that Mallam would remotely cause offence to anyone on the basis of religion. This is because I am aware that Mallam Nasir Elrufai is also a christian! What! Yes, is that not what we call people who go to church? Well, Mallam goes to church when and where he finds a godly man on the pulpit. Only people who go to church are called Christians in Nigeria. For Elrufai, its about God, its not about whether the building is called church or mosque, its all about godliness, not religion. For him too, its about Nigeria not Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, etc.

You see, religion has divided us because we think and believe that God is in buildings. Yes God is in buildings but not in buildings made by human hands. He lives in the hearts of ALL humans, good or evil, believe it or not. Our men who present themselves as God’s spokespersons have not made it easier for Nigerians to understand that everyone is special before God, that we all have equal and unhindered access to God. Why would they?

If they did, we all will find out that we do not need anyone to access God. If they did, we would be free, we would experience the liberty that comes from being one with God and then, it would happen! Their personal kingdoms they have built in God’s name would crumble because you will no longer give life to the beast through your financial commitments to men’s kingdoms. It means that they would have to find day jobs to sustain themselves like Apostles Peter, Paul etc. did. Best of all, you will be free to serve your God who demands NOTHING from you and joy unspeakable would be yours.

We have had governments in this nation – the good, the bad and the ugly. At no time have we had one that shamelessly peddle religion as a weapon of governance. We have never seen one that has openly pitched its peace-loving citizens against each other on religious basis. It is an open secret that the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria CAN are some of the most corrupt and rotten leaders in Nigeria. That’s to the credit of the Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

This government, with the aid of its religious arm, has brought untold hardship on Nigerians. Nigerians have fallen from their position as the happiest people on earth to the saddest and unhappiest. We are no longer permitted to laugh. Joy has departed from our nation. There is pain everywhere as a great number of Nigerian people, old and young die of ailments that are easily curable while our political goons and their spouses indulge in cosmetic surgeries in luxurious foreign hospitals. There is pain everywhere as our roads become death traps for struggling Nigerians who are battling poverty with no support from the government. There is pain all over our nation as our leaders isolate Nigerians, preferring instead to shuttle about in private jets and rewarding their cohorts on pulpit with the same. There is pain everywhere as corruption is exposed and covered on a daily basis forcing David Cameron, the British Prime Minister to use the Nigerian government as an example of a government that is raping its people openly and shamelessly. There is pain in our land as men and women become overnight millionaires just for warming the beds of the hoodlums and touts who sit on our common wealth.

The Nigerian government has ensured that there is no more laughter in our nation. How dare you go against their wishes, how dare you laugh, Mallam Nasir Elrufai!

Laughter has become a scarce commodity in our nation until Mallam Elrufai laughed! A few uninformed religious bigots and agents of the hugely corrupt Nigerian authorities opined that it was very insensitive of the Mallam to laugh. What? Laugh? Yes that was all he did. Those who joined the bandwagon did not even know what happened or how it happened. Twitter illiterates who also double as religious neonates were on Facebook, declaring Fatwa on a man who just laughed!

We are being tele-guided by the likes of Dr Doyin Okupe and his ‘shadow ministers’, Abati and Omokri to become a nation of political correctness. We have lost our sense of humour. Being sensitive to the feelings of others is a very good attribute, one our government scores a huge ‘F’. However, we cannot sacrifice the truth on the altar of political correctness. We now have to say certain things in certain ways in other not to offend a few people. As a born-again Christian, I was not offended by the truth of the tweet by @zebbook, the young and courageous Nigerian youth who happens to be a follower of Jesus Christ too. What young Bukola did was follow the footsteps of Jesus by showing how evil the Nigerian government can be, a role Ayo Oritsejafor and his likes should be playing.

Dr Goodluck Jonathan had, in one of his lacklustre recorded “live” media chats said that Nigeria’s population has in part, 70% as its youth. What has he done to get our young people participate in governance seeing that the are in the majority in our nation?

In the days when Jesus walked the earth, he held to account those who ripped off his people, including religious leaders. Bukola did same and his tweet shows how highly he esteems Jesus. We cannot crucify an up-standing Nigerian youth for the mere fact that a few Nigerians do not have a good understanding of the English language. We must all know that Jesus and Allah are not invalids. They are not disabled. If they feel insulted by Bukola’s tweet or Elrufai’s laughter, they have the ability to turn these two into pillars of salt as a deterrent to those who tweet and laugh. We cannot continue to fight on God’s account. He does not need us to. If you have a God you have to fight for, something is wrong with the way you understand God.

Nigeria is in trouble and all the Dr. Jonathan administration is doing is to roll out an amateurish childlike propaganda machinery that equals that of a four year old. “Lets have a debate”, says Nigeria’s peddler of hope, Oby Ezekwesili. “Jealousy”, cries the childish Nigerian authorities. A Nigerian, a woman, challenges the Nigerian government to a wrestling match on issues affecting our nation and the government runs to mummy! C.H.I.C.K.E.N!

Instigating the malnourished puppies to attack a man who laughed is the height of idleness among the practitioners of gerontocratic oligarchy in our nation. These misinformed few must channel their energy into fighting to bring about the sort of democracy that looks after everyone, especially the weak and the poor, the vulnerable ones of our society. They must add their voices to the growing number of Nigerians, clamouring for democracy.

It is very clear that the irresponsible, corrupt and useless government in Nigeria is feeling the heat. It is true they have put on their kids gloves,
but the winners of this battle for the soul of our nation is predetermined. Everyone knows that it is a matter time before corruption and those who make a profession out of it are judged in our nation. On those days, their private jets would be grounded. The bottled up anger of a nation will be unleashed on those that have wiped laughter off our faces. On that day, we all, will laugh and it will no longer be a crime to laugh.

Lauretta Onochie
Follow me @Laurestar on Twitter.

  • http://moacn.wordpress.com Sir Farouk

    It amazes me everytime how people act blind to humor when it cones to religion. It’s like CAN could not recognize satire If it fell from heaven and slapped them in the face. Its a shame that people believe God needs to be defended. If they really believed in an all powerful God they will let him sort his affairs of who offended him and tender to their congregations. I believe El-Rufai did not need to apologize for a statement that first of all wasn’t wrong, second of all wasn’t his statement and third of all shouldn’t offend anyone. Political correctness dulls the blade of the truth…

  • sure

    When I read the RT, I said no this is not @elrufai this must be Akpors. I then asked Akpors, “why do u go by d name @elrufai? and in Tucor benedicto’s voice Akpors answered,…. ” one name is as good as the other”.My people. Make una leave all this defending of @elrufai, he made a mistake period and he has apologised, unless u ppl have alliance and intentions. Any o attack dog of the govt like okupe would have received it hotter than hades too, make we leave govt 4 dis one.

  • http://yahoo.com Waziri

    “@zebbook: If Jesus criticizes Jonathan’s govt, Maku/Abati/ ­Okupe will say he slept with Mary Madgalene.”
    WHY ARE YOU POINTING ACCUSING FINGERS ON ELRUFAI WHILE
    THE POST ABOVE WAS NOT AUTHORED BY NASIRU EL-RUFAI, THOSE TRYING TO GAIN ATTENTION SHOULD PLS ASK ZEBBOOK BEING THE AUTHOR!
    How many postings have been shared or retweeted by all of us, why leaving the author who is very popular on twitter to attack someone different, you want to stir up religious and political crisis out ofyour selfish motives. Go back to yoursponsors and tell them, it has fail.

  • IBRAHIM MUH’

    Briliant! It is important for our youth to kwon that you can not fight for God, be it a muslim or christain and you should not make your self a tool in the hand of politicians.

  • Ilham.

    Enough is Enough. I wish it never turned out this way… Please Nigerians, let’s embrace peace and religious tolerance… By the will of the Almighty God, soon our rights to tweet, retweet and laugh will be granted back to us…or do anybody out there still retweet and laugh?

  • mahmud aminu mahmud

    great job…no need for appology because no punishment without a crime.

  • http://vemmawealth.robertkiyosakivideo.com Akin

    Omojuwa, you’re very piety in this write up. CAN is right about this. This is not about extremism or Jonathanian Tendencies. Elrufai cannot even make that joke using muhammad. Like you wrote, how dare him crack a joke using Jesus. The king of kings. The alpha and omega. I hv nothing against Elrufai and as a matter of fact I looked forward to him ascending the presidency in d future. However, while he was engrossed with opposing Jonathan and cohorts, and we need people to, he made a costly mistake. No matter how you want to redress it, hide it, lock it up and throw the keys away, the Church is the bride of Jesus Christ and u can’t insult my husband and expect me to smile even if its a retweet. You repeat what you condone.

  • http://www.nigeriannewspaper.com jude

    I found nothing wrong with wat Mallam said, we cannot fight for God and should not be the first to cast a stone. Any time general election is approaching, PDP will always find ways of using region to paint individuals, groups and opposition parties black before the masses. Nigerians, ignore wat mallam said.These are people who can change this country.

  • adebayo redeem

    We are all victims, is it about Mallam? Is it about d tweet? or our continues being use as tools of war,about d horrible situation of our nation d tweet is trying to explain we all can c d truth we aint blind until den we wil b free indeed

  • Ednah Emmanuel.

    The man made a costly mistake inthe process of making constructive criticizim. Let a christain in London retweet something of this nature n we will all watch Nigeria burn! If he never retweeted the tweet in question alot of us wouldnt have known of it. He is a public figure n should watch what he says… Whatever inspired this writer I dont know but the man had apologised. Meaning he saw where he erred; y the write up in his defense?

  • kel

    Just wasted five minutes of my time reading this junk from an otherwise intelligent writer. Still await your more intelligent articles. This does not deserve an engaging response.

  • ikwuoche

    I challenge all those who think malam shouldn’t have apologised to dare publish the new york cartoon on mohammed on twitter!!! Let us see how you will laff!

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  • guze

    I’m aware that we have so many good writers and grammarians in Nigeria, but Does it really matter whether or not Mallam authored the tweet..?using the name “Jesus” to analyse an assertion of that manner is not right even if @zeebook meant well.I’m not trying to be a judge here but hey! let’s all learn to write what any layman would understand,Nigerians are not patient people_your tweets go don cause kasala b4 you realize.

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  • Brendan

    I hav respect for El-Rufai for his outspoken nature but am disappointed that he would approve of such a joke. We have seen whr the streets of Kano got burnt as a result of a joke using the name of Mohammed so I think he should have known better than to approve of such jokes. Its good that he appologised but its done and it has certainly changed how many Christian Nigerians look at him.

  • Kelechi

    Now El Rufai’s acolytes are falling over themselves writing nonsense like the one above in defence of a man who got himself into trouble by his own making. Now tell me, how is President Jonathan to be blamed for El Rufai’s foolishness? El Rufai showed poor judgement in retweeting that tweet. He should have known better. Now he has apologised which is ok, so why write nonsense in his defence? Why accuse President Jonathan?

  • Eme

    And if u have never had… Disrespect for God can cause a righteous anger. http://www.solutions-christian-counseling.com/anger.html

  • Henry

    This will be my very last input in this non-starter of a debacle.
    Let me start by saying neither Zebbok and Mallam Nasir Rl Rufai committed no crime, either religious or political, that is in a society where religion has not clouded the sense of reasoning of men.
    Actually, Zeebbok emphasised the unarguable importance of the person of Jesus Christ. His tweet simply pointed to the fact that the GEJ administration will not mind demonizing even the most important of person or institution that we hold dear in a bid to assure of their own longevity.
    Why all the angst at a totally harmless comment? Many of the christian-jihadists who rose up in hard threatening armageddon on anyone who laughed at the tweet are still the ones who will at night go haggle with call girls, cheat and defraud their neighbours and hold grudges against their brothers.
    Enough of this hypocrisy please.

  • Mitchell

    Ok let’s leave tge issue of whether we should defend our God or not. The tweet was not insulting to God or Jesus Christ at all. In fact it highlighted the impeccable and impeacheable character of Jesus Christ and the desperate methods of the present administration in covering up their mess. As for those saying if the joke had been about Mohammed, crises would have ensued for sure. Well you are probably right. Nigerians muslims have been known to be excited over the littlest of things. But that just highlights the beauty of christianity. It’s about love and forgiveness n religious toleranc. Not violence. I don’t mean to cast aspersions on the muslim religion but some factions are known to be extremely violent and intolerant. Please don’t let us christians be like that.

  • http://Website Ohida

    I learnt d actual tweet came from a christian. Why leave him\her out only to attack someone who only retweet? Perhaps bcos he’s not a christian, did u all love God as much as is being shown here? Laughs!

  • idris mallami

    This is a typical 9ja case.making an issue where there’s none.I see nothing wrong with el-rufa’is twit.but CAN with the backing of FGN make it an issue.until nigerians learn how to tolerate one another,we’ll keep having problems.

  • bdouns

    In Islam, one is not considered to be a muslim untill he believes in Allah, believe in Allah’s Angels (Gabriel and co), believe in His books (10 Commandments, Psamls, Gospel and Qur’an), and believe in all His Prophets (Muhammad, JESUS CHRIST, Adam, Noah, David, Moses, Abraham, Joseph, etc) peace be upon them all… I believe many non muslims don’t know this! Thus, for any muslim to make or laugh about this kind of a nasty joke on Jesus Christ, no matter the intention, is not only blasphemous but could indeed nullify his faith and incur, on himself, the wrath of Allah! May the Lord forgive us our shorcomings/trespasses and guide our utterances. Ameen!

  • Ezeh David. O

    Damage control! All to no avail. Mallam has just learnt the hard way the time honoured saying that silence is golden. He has just re-tweeted one too many. He has had a field day disparaging this government & did not know where to draw the line!

  • Dan

    I read your comment about el fuai and one wonders where is your stand? The man in question has apologized to Christians and that was all. To me you are trying to defend what was wrong whether to the Christian faith or Islam. Elrfai has a lot of prominent Christian friends and followers on this page, when it have to do with religion in this country forget it. Remember the cartoon about the prophet sometime last year in Europe some many people were killed. Am not an advocate of religion riots, but maturity to condone mockery is key. Advise the former minister that he has to avoid comments that will tarnished his name. Thank you

  • http://Website Brightzeal

    Nigeria is full of confused and foolish people,country where truth doesn’t see light of the day in any event.
    Until we learn to coexist as one, We will never make head way,.The blame of one another in Nigeria will never take us to any level of accomplishment.
    Race and Religion has torn us apart,God deliver my country.

  • John

    This has just shown that Nigerians can be very constructive even in the face of hardship.Permit me to say that a lot of Nigerian Youths look up to Mallam El Rufai as a role Model, but this has again shown that no one person has monopoly of knowledge. To some people including me, mallam would have understood that this is a circular society, n that this would have been a joke taken too far bc of how sensitive we take religion in this clime. Even the Bible says don’t use the name of your God in vain. He may have simply in his usual manner overlooked the tweet and all these would not have come to be. There are people that the lacklustre perfomance of this govt has beclouded their sense of reasoning, so they take any sane position on issues from anybody as govt agent. My people we should know when to draw a line, and always be constructive in our arguements because we must continue to learn from each other to make our country a better one. I still believe that we shall continue to push them for a change. God bless 9ja.

  • Eyen Akwa Ibom

    Mine is very simple: our Muslem brothers wouldn’t take it kindly if same was said agaisnt Mohamed that’s my arguement. I respect Mallam a lot and thank God he apologized. I’m baffled why @Laurestar can’t for God’s sakes just respect that!

  • @sinzuSSG

    I think the only mistake elrufai made was to apologise for LAUGHING ……. Do we now nid “FREEDOM OF LAUGHTER” to laugh in nigeria?

  • http://Website Peter

    @Sir Faruk: “Its a shame that people believe God needs to be defended”. Really? A muslim is writing dis? Honestly I still think its a typo!

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Kylie Jenner has finally shut down those pesky rumours that she’s tied the knot with Tyga, after being spotted with a fancy band on THAT finger. Rumours that weren’t *exactly* helped when she appeared on ‘I Am Cait’, replying to Caitlyn Jenner telling her her grandma was married at 17 by saying: “Kind of like me.” Taking to Twitter to clear things up once and for all, the 17-year-old wrote: “Not planning...

FG Tasked On Completion Of Ajaokuta, Other Steel Mills

The Federal govt. has been called upon to vigorously pursue, complete and put the Ajaokuta iron and steel complex, the Aladja steel rolling mills and the Oshogbo machine tools and Aluminum Smelter project into full and efficient production in order to boost the performance of PRODA, NASENI and FIIRO. Obibuzor Ifeanyi, President/Chairman of Council Institute of Business Development, who made the call in Lagos, said if   the nation’s steel and petrochemical plants are working well, producing...

Fresh Crisis Hits PDP

A fresh crisis has hit the people’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State, despite the congresses conducted by the party last week in the state that produced a new chairman in Prince Ken Emeakayi. The Chief Ejike Oguebego faction came up with a subsisting court order Friday, given by the federal High court in Portharcourt in 2013, declaring that status quo antebellum be maintained pending the hearing and determination of the substantive matter. Also, the...

Maiduguri Bomb Blast: What Really Happened

Witnesses have given accounts of the deadly bomb blast that rocked a grocery market in Maiduguri on Friday morning. Five people were reportedly killed and several others injured in a suicide bomb attack at a crowded earlier morning grocery market in the Borno State capital on Friday. According to a member of the youth vigilante group, who spoke under condition of anonymity, the attack happened at 6:30 am (local time) when most people were still...

Nigeria Assumes Presidency Of UN Security Council

Nigeria has taken over the leadership of the United Nations Security council, a monthly rotational presidency that member countries share. A statement by the head of Media 1, Tope Adeleye Elias-Fatile, permanent mission of Nigeria to the United Nations said the position starts running from the 3rd of August 2015. It will be an opportunity to highlight what the country is doing at the highest level of international engagements. Credit: 

Chadian Army Kills Over 100 Militants In Anti-Boko Haram Operation

At least 100 jihadist fighters have been killed in an operation against Boko Haram Islamists holed up on the islands of Lake Chad, the Chadian army said in a statement Friday. "117 terrorists have been killed, two Chadian soldiers died and two others were wounded" in the operation against the Nigeria-based movement, which began two weeks ago, army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermendoa Agouna said. "For two weeks, Boko Haram terrorists have been trying to...

Beijing To Host 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing was selected Friday to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing narrowly defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic Committee. The vote was surprisingly close: 44-40. The Chinese capital, which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, came in to the vote as the strong favorite, despite its...

News Alert !! Missing Malaysian Air Boeing 777 Debris Found

  As reported by AFP ............ More details to follow later

Senator Bukola Saraki: At A Time Like This! By Olalekan Waheed Adigun

Since the inauguration of the 8th Nation Assembly on 9 June, 2015 many, including me, have offered several views on the causes and possible solutions to the crisis. Like most Nigerians, I want this to come to an end; the only difference is the “how?” I have made it clear in my previous articles on this matter that I am not, and will never be, in support of hooliganism, thuggery or corrupting, that appears to characterise...

‘I Will Keep Attacking You For Being Gay ‘, – Ultra Orthodox Jew Who Stabbed 6 Yesterday At Jerusalem Gay Pride March

An Orthodox Jewish assailant stabbed and wounded six participants in the annual Gay Pride march in Jerusalem on Thursday, police said. Yishai Shlissel spent 10 years in jail for a similar attack a decade ago when three marchers were wounded. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned 'as a most serious incident' what was the worst attack in years on the event in Jerusalem, a city where the religious population is more prominent than in other parts of...

Reuben Abati’s Rough Road to Redemption – Gimba Kakanda’s bloody rejoinder to Dr. Abati’s “My phones no longer ring” piece

Oblivion is a scary place. And for all who walked in the corridors of power and had enjoyed a reign expected to last longer, an abrupt end would surely be remembered with a painful nostalgia. Such pain must be the inspiration for Reuben Abati's first engagement with the media after leaving office, in a widely shared and contested account of his inglorious stint as Spokesman to President Goodluck Jonathan from 2011 to 2015 The story of Abati is, in the briefest summary, that...

NIMASA Boss, Akpobolokemi Arrested By EFCC

Former boss of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi, who was sacked two weeks ago by President Buhari was arrested by EFCC officials yesterday July 30th. According to a NIMASA official who revealed this to Premium Times, Akpobolokemi was arrested yesterday morning at about 10am over allegations of misappropriation of funds during his tenure as the DG of the maritime agency “He was taken in this morning around 10 a.m. Some...

Drake, Fans Laugh Off Meek Mill’s Diss Reply, ‘Wanna Know’

Mill’s “Wanna Know,” his highly anticipated response to Drake’s diss raps, was slammed online. Mill maintains his stance that Drake does not write his songs, and makes specific reference to Drake’s “Know Yourself,” even playing audio of another rapper demoing a verse that includes a trademark Drake lyric, “Runnin’ through the six with my woes.”

I Headed A Military That Lacked Equipments & Motivation To Fight – Badeh

Immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh has confessed that when he assumed office as the CDS, he headed a armed forces that lacked the relevant equipment and motivation to fight an enemy (Boko Haram terrorists) that was invisible and embedded with the local populace. Badeh made the confession just as he pointed out that the decision of certain countries, to deny Nigeria weapons to prosecute the war against Boko Haram, added...

Reasons Why You Must Be On Twitter By M. Malumfashi

Twitter, a social media platform developed in 2006 and has now reached over 300m 'active' users with may be up to 1 billion accounts. At this digital age, with over 3 billion people said to be users of the Internet (almost half of the entire world). Nigeria represent about 2.5% of that figure making it the most Internet-using nation in Africa. According to NCC Internet users stood at nothing less than 88m, that's about 40% of our...

Unmasking Barack Obama’s Light Up Africa Project By Tony Ademiluyi

In 2013, United States President Barack Obama launched the Power Africa project with much fanfare in Cape Town in South Africa. The ambitious project is a $7 billion one handled by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the goal to double electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years. In his words ‘The program would provide light where currently there is darkness and the energy needed to lift people out of poverty.’...

Caitlyn Jenner Nominated For Social Media Queen At Teen Choice Awards

The 65-year-old transgender star has been nominated at the upcoming Teen Choice Awards for Social Media Queen. Caitlyn goes up against Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, and Taylor Swift in the same category. Upon the announcement Caitlyn tweeted: 'And to think I wouldn't have qualified for this nom a few months ago... What an...

Nigerian Army Rescues 71 From Boko Haram

Nigerian soldiers rescued 71 people, almost all girls and women, in firefights that killed many Boko Haram militants in villages near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the military said Thursday. Some captives told The Associated Press they were in the clutches of the Islamic extremists for as long as a year. "I was waiting for death ... they often threatened to kill us," said Yagana Kyari, a woman in her 20s who said she had...

Dear Obama: Corruption Isn’t Just Africa’s Problem By Howard W. French

r an American president celebrated by many of his listeners as a returning native son, Barack Obama’s recent speech in a Nairobi stadium was a strange way to promote what he called an Africa “on the move.” Yes, there were plenty of feel-good moments in Nairobi, where a smiling Obama dined with family, dropped occasional phrases in Swahili, and danced with an easy grace to African rhythms before the cameras. It all thoroughly charmed an audience...

House Leadership: S’East Reps Grumble Over Exclusion

THE two All Progressives Congress members of the House of Representatives from the South-East geopolitical zone on Tuesday grumbled over their alleged exclusion from the House leadership positions by the party caucus. The South-East Reps rejected the argument that they were first-timers hence not qualified to hold principal office in the lower federal chamber. They argued that the Senate Minority Leader, ex-Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, was also a fresh member of the upper...

Amber Rose Raises White Flag, Intends To Make Amends With The Kardashians

Amber Rose is ready to "have a conversation" with Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian after a Twitter feud erupted when the 31-year-old model slammed Jenner for her relationship with 25-year-old rapper Tyga, the ex to her friend, Blac Chyna. The drama began in February when Rose spoke to Power 105.1'sThe Breakfast Club. "She's a baby, she needs to go to bed at 7 o'clock and relax," she said of Jenner. "That's ridiculous. should...

Bomb Explosion Rocks Maiduguri Market

Explosion has rocked Gamboru market by Customs bridge in the heart of Maiduguri claiming many lives. Eye witness told our reporter that the explosion went off Friday morning near the parking area of tricycle operators know as Keke NAPEP in the market. The scene is said to be strewn with bodies of victims of the blast. Detail Later...

Meek Mill Releases His First Diss Track At Drake, ‘Wanna Know’

Meek Mill has finally broken his silence and released a diss track aimed at Drake. Meek's "Wanna Know" was premiered on Hot 97 last night.'Wanna Know' features production from Jahlil Beats who flipped the entrance music from wrestler 'The Undertaker' for the backdrop. The song also includes a snippet of one of Quentin Miller's reference tracks for Drake and Meek adlibs, "Milli Vanilli ass nigga!" Elsewhere in "Wanna Know" the Philly rapper...

Explosion Kills Many In Maiduguri Bus Station

A bomb explosion has rocked a crowded motor park in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, residents and security operatives have said. The incident occurred at a busy location where tricycles pick passengers, and may have killed dozens and injured even many more.  The thunderous blast, which sounded at about 6:30am, resonated all over Maiduguri, residents say. Witnesses later said the explosion occurred near the entrance of Gamboru Market where operatives of commercial tricycles park to...

#AkwaIbom : Akpabio rattled as INEC testifies in court……INEC tenders ex Governor’s Akwa Ibom North East nomination form

...I'm taken by surprise, Akpabio cries out ... PDP will choose new Senate  minority leader soon - APC Shock and surprise were visibly written on the faces of counsels to former Akwa Ibom State Governor , Chief Godswill Akpabio as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday appeared before the Hon Justice Goddy Anunihu led Akwa Ibom State National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal at the Customary Court, Dutsen Alhaji ,Abuja.

Defence spokesman Olukolade retires, Abubakar takes over

The Director, Defence Information, Maj. Gen Chris Olukolade, is set to retire from the Nigerian Army, having reached his retirement age. Olukolade is to hand over to Col. Rabe Abubakar next week as the Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday, approved the...

PDP officials blew N12bn in nine months –Workers … say NWC members shared money made from nomination forms

Angry workers of the Peoples Democratic Party have accused the members of the National Working Committee of the party of squandering N12bn in nine months. Out of the total sum, the workers said N11bn was realised from the sale of nomination forms while N1bn was got from the sale of delegates forms.

I was once a danfo driver -Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has appealed to members of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria against allowing themselves to be used by kidnappers to perpetrate evil. Speaking on Thursday during the swearing-in of the new State Executive of the union in Ado Ekiti, the governor, who said he was once a ‘danfo...

I’m not expecting a ministerial appointment from Buhari —Tunde Bakare

The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said that he is not expecting a ministerial appointment from President Muhammadu Buhari. Bakare, who was the running mate of Buhari on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change in the 2011 presidential election, also defended the President’s style of governance,...

I had plans to impeach Ekweremadu -Ndume

The Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, on Thursday, caused a stir in the upper chamber when he revealed how he collected signatures of other senators to impeach the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in the 7th Senate. Ndume stated this while raising a point of order to draw the attention of the Senate to an...

Doctor, Nurse Land In Court After Aborting 6 Months Old Pregnancy Of 31-Year Old Lady

According to Tribuneonline, a man who claimed to be a medical doctor, Taiwo Ogunlana and a nurse, Kafayat Oyekola, have been arraigned before an Ebute Metta Magistrates' Court, Lagos State, for carrying out an illegal abortion on one Miss Kemi Awoniyi. Ogunlana, who claimed to have attended Lagos State University Teaching Hospital School of Nursing between 1979 and 1983, worked with the National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos. He was also said to have been...

I Am Praying For Buhari That God Will Protect Him – Rev Fr Mbaka

Founder of the Enugu Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, while preaching at a special mass organized to celebrate his 20th anniversary in priesthood yesterday July 29th, offered prayers to God for President Buhari, asking God to protect him from enemies. He also offered prayers to God for the Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi that God will not allow occultic men steal his vision "I am praying for Buhari, that God will protect him so that enemies...

Priest Announces On Pulpit That He Is Gay, Divorcing Wife And Marrying A Man

An Episcopal congregation in Queens was in for a big surprise recently when their priest Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, 59, came on pulpit to give Sunday sermon and announced that he is gay. The shocked congregation was further informed that he is divorcing his wife and marrying a younger man. Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, is the archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, On a Facebook post this week, the...

Two Zimbabweans Appear In Court For Helping American Dentist Kill Cecil The Lion

Two Zimbabweans accused of helping an American dentist hunt Cecil the lion have appeared in court amid growing anger over the protected animal's slaughter. Professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst (right) and local landowner Honest Ndlovu (left) allegedly assisted Dr. Walter Palmer, who has since received death threats, catch and kill the lion. Dr Palmer claims he had trusted his local guides to meet legal guidelines on his trip to Africa, during which he shot Cecil with a...

DPR Collected N30 Billion Illegally – Gov. Oshiomole

Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole who has been in the news in recent times over his allegations on the misappropriation of funds in the last administration, says he will not be silent when people are abusing power and stealing government funds. Oshiomole, who was a guest at a seminar organized by the Post-Mortem sub-committee of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) yesterday July 29th , alleged that the Department of Petroleum Resources collected N30 billion illegally during the...

ISIS Release Photos Claiming Some African Christians In Libya Converted To Islam & Joined Sect

These are supposedly African Christians in Tripoli, Libya, who converted to Islam and joined ISIS in Libya. ISIS released the photos on social media. The men don't look like they willingly joined ISIS though. Looks like they told them "join ISIS or die!". More photos below...

Controversial South African Pastor Prays Gay Spirit Into Man

Remember the pastor who made his members swallow snakes and eat cloth during one of his deliverance services? Well he is in the news again. Last Sunday while preaching in his church, he prayed the gay spirit into the young man pictured above. See more photos below...

#AllsocksPantyHose: 20 Things You Should Know About Panty Hose – @Allsocks_

  Pantyhose is often called tights in the United Kingdom, some other countries call it sheer hosiery.   They are close-fitting leg wear, which cover the wearer's body from the waist to the feet.   Panty hose is considered to be a woman's/ girl's garment, it appeared in the 1960s as a convenient alternative to stockings.   Panty hose has remained an alternative to stockings and control panties. They are also gradually replacing girdles.   Pantyhose are usually made of nylon, or fabrics blended...

Governor El-Rufai Cuts Overhead by 60%, Cancels State Sponsorship of Pilgrims

Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa'i of Kaduna State, says his administration has cut down overhead costs by 60 per cent as part of measures to rescue the state from its precarious financial situation. El-Rufa'i, in a broadcast to the people of the state on Wednesday night, said that the state was broke and had a debt burden of more than N74.297 billion, comprising N28.840 billion domestic and N45.44 billion foreign debts. He said that the administration had...

PDP Broke? We Warned Earlier On That Being In Opposition Is Not A Walk In The Park – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied the allegation by the PDP that the Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, Mr. Lawal Daura, is a card-carrying member of the party (APC), calling the accusation absurd and frivolous. In a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party challenged the PDP to publish any evidence it may have...

Makeup Artist Transforms Herself Into Kanye, Oprah And Caitlyn

Some of us are still trying to put on liquid eye liner without looking like an octopus shot ink into our eyes. But for Magali Beauvue, a female makeup artist based in France, no makeup challenge is too great. The beauty guru's Instagram page is a who's who of A-list celebrities: Kanye West, Oprah Winfrey, Drake, Eddie Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Caitlyn Jenner... Amazingly, these aren't Beauvue's clients. They're Beauvue herself, dolled up to look like just about every star you...

Khloe Kardashian Looks Slimmer Than Ever! Where Are The Curves?

She is known for the enviable curves inherited by the rest of the voluptuous Kardashian clan. But reality star Khloé looked slimmer than ever in a figure-hugging black ensemble as she posed for an Instagram snap for Popsugar on Wednesday. Showing off her slender legs and nipped-in waist, the 31-year-old looked a shadow of her former self, no doubt the result of her recently increased workouts. The fashionista, who is currently promoting her new children's wear...

Eva Longoria Demands Newspaper ‘Apologise’ For Claiming She ‘Pretended’ To Need Glasses For Specsavers Campaign

She arrived Down Under in a blaze of Specsavers glory, fronting the optical retail chain's campaign for the smartest glasses wearer. But despite Eva Longoria wearing glasses as the style ambassador and judge for the 2015 Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year hunt, a Sydney newspaper accused her of 'pretending' to need spectacles to market herself and the brand. The Desperate Housewives' star, 40, told Thursday's Kyle and Jackie O show of the Sydney Morning Herald claims: '...

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Funeral To Take Place On Saturday

Bobbi Kristina Brown will be remembered by her friends and family during a funeral service in Atlanta on Saturday morning. The private service will take place at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta at 11am, with family members including her father Bobby Brown, aunt Pat Houston and grandmother Cissy Houston gathering to pay their respects. Soon after her body will be flown to New Jersey, where she will be buried alongside her late mother Whitney Houston at Fairview Cemetery...

Miley Cyrus To Host VMAs, Gives Middle Finger In Her First Promo

Miley Cyrus is hosting MTV's Video Music Awards this year and we can't help but be excited and nervous about what is going to transpire on that stage! Judging from the 22-year-old's first video promo that she shared via Instagram, we expect Aug. 30 to be a night of controversy. Watch promo below: https://instagram.com/p/5sbypAwzPA/?taken-by=mileycyrus Credit: intouchweekly  

Oil Marketers Back President Buhari On Sector Probe, Split Of NNPC

The Zonal Chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association of Nigeria, Western Zone, Alhaji Debo Ahmed, has expressed its support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s probe of the activities in the oil and gas sector. He hailed the administration’s plan to split the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, saying it would address the recurrent scarcity in the oil and gas sector. Ahmed told newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara State that it was high time the sector was overhauled to...

Individual Efforts By Everyone Of Us Won’t End Terrorism – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said efforts being made by individual countries are not capable of tackling terrorism. He said Nigeria and neighbouring countries must come together and join forces if the dream of defeating Boko Haram terrorists in the sub-region must come to pass. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement on Thursday quoted Buhari as speaking at a state dinner held in his honour at...

Tompolo Hails Buhari, Calls Him A Listening Leader

Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, frontline ex-Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND leaders, the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Niger Delta ex-militants and other stakeholders in the Niger Delta, yesterday, hailed President Muhammudu Buhari over the appointment of Brigadier Gen Paul Boroh (rtd) as the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. Niger Delta ex-militants, who congratulated the newly appointed chairman of the Niger Delta Amnesty programme, said that Buhari had made a wise and deserved...

PDP Announces Reduction Of Staff Strength, Salaries And Allowances

Barely two months into its new status as the opposition political party, having governed the country for sixteen years, the Peoples Democratic Party, has started struggling with the challenge of being an opposition, as it yesterday announced that the party will reduce allowances, staff strength by 50%. The party has also said it would reduce the salaries and allowances of its staff by 50%, even...

Kylie Jenner Had Lip Fillers & Khloe Supports It

Khloe Kardashian is throwing a whole heap of shade on anyone who has been dishing out criticism to her younger sister, Kylie Jenner recently. In an interview with Complex magazine, Khloe slams people’s criticism of Kylie well-publicized lip fillers. “Sometimes things bother her. When it comes to her lips, I knew it was one of her biggest insecurities. She used to always take pictures covering her...

Iyanya Bears It All On His Romance With Yvonne Nelson (Watch Video)

Iyanya was asked in an interview with MTV Base VJ Ehiz ‘Real Talk’ about Yvonne Nelson and their public breakup. Here is what he had to say! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PbKplHXlyY Source: MTV Base

Sharon Osbourne Speaks Out Against The Legalisation Of Marijuana

Sharon Osbourne may come across as a laid-back liberal mother, but there is at lease one issue on which she remains staunchly conservative. The former X Factor judge – whose husband Ozzy Osbourne and children Kelly and Jack have all battled drug addiction – has spoken out against plans to legalise marijuana, warning “it is going to end in tears”. Sharon, 62, told American CBS TV: “I have big resentments that this is happening. Anything...

Kris Jenner & Ex Husband, Now Caitlyn Jenner, Finally Meets In Person

The highly anticipated meeting between Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner has finally happened. A source confirms that the two exes met at Caitlyn's Malibu house yesterday for their first face-to-face get together, undoubtedly an emotional moment for both. Kris, who openly struggled with the news of Caitlyn's transition on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, is the last of the family members to meet Caitlyn. And although she stayed mum about Jenner's debut in the...

Soldiers In Aba Kill Kidnapper, Arrest 2 Members Of His Gang, Including A Lady

Soldiers of the 144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, stationed at Asa in Ukwa West local government area of Abia State have shot dead a kidnapper, arrested two members of his gang, including a lady, and rescued a female victim. Vanguard gathered that an Aba-based business woman, Mrs. Rita Anaekwe, was last Sunday night abducted at her residence on Anaekwe Street, Umuleta village, Obinkwu in Ukwa West local government area. Family sources said the hoodlums gained entry into...

419 Girls Scam ISIS on Social Media For Travel Money

If you’re low on funds for that big vacation, you could always ask to borrow money, make a Kickstarter campaign… or swindle a couple of Islamic State recruiters. It may not be the safest way to make money, but that’s what three girls from Chechnya, a Russian republic in southeastern Europe, did. The Chechen girls are under investigation for fraud after they allegedly scammed ISIS members into giving them money on the pretense that...

Director General Of The DSS, Lawal Daura Is An APC Member – PDP

Press statement from the PDP... The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its meeting today thoroughly considered a number of very important issues pertaining to the state of affairs in our nation. The NWC brings to the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to some disturbing development in the polity which, if not nipped in the bud, might significantly affect our democracy and stability as a nation negatively, and that is the growing...

ISIS Plans To End The World By Provoking The US To War

According to a recruitment document understood to be written by ISIS militants,the terrorist group plans for an all-out war to bring about 'the end of the world'. Follow the jump for the full story and discovered document: The Urdu document seen by USA Today, passed to the American Media Institute by a Pakistani citizen connected to the Taliban, reveals the scale of the ambition of ISIS, including targeting India to provoke...

Oil Worth $13.7bn Stolen Under NNPC, Says NEITI

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Hajiya Zainab Shamsuna-Ahmed, on Wednesday said between 2009 and 2012, about 160 million barrels of oil valued at $13.7bn was stolen under the watch of the national oil giant, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. She also said that subsidy payment from 2005 to 2012 indicated that $11.63bn had been paid to the NNPC but that “there is no evidence of the money being remitted to the federation...

Oil worth $13.7bn stolen under NNPC, says NEITI

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Hajiya Zainab Shamsuna-Ahmed, on Wednesday said between 2009 and 2012, about 160 million barrels of oil valued at $13.7bn was stolen under the watch of the national oil giant, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. She also said that subsidy payment from 2005 to 2012 indicated...

Port Harcourt And Warri Refineries Commence Preliminary Operations

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has announced that the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries have been successfully re-streamed after a nine-month rehabilitation exercise conducted by its in-house engineers and technicians. The corporation, in a statement, noted that both plants commenced preliminary production of petroleum products after successful test-runs, adding that while PHRC was ramping up its operation to about 60 per cent of its 210,000 barrels per day capacity, WRPC production was projected to hit 80 per cent...

FG Overrules JAMB On New Admission Policy

The Federal Government has overruled the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on its new admission policy that recently sparked off protests in parts of the country. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. MacJohn Nwaobiala, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Tuesday, after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari of his ministry’s activities and challenges at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. JAMB had, at its 2015 Combined Policy Meeting, adopted a policy whereby candidates of universities with...

Missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 Plane Wreckage Found Off The Coast Of Africa?

Almost a year since the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flight vanished mid-air during flight to China, wreckage found of the coast of Africa Officials revealed might be that of the missing plane. The debris, discovered near to the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, is that of a Boeing 777, investigators confirmed. The Malaysia Airlines jet - also a Boeing 777 - is thought to have come down in the same ocean on March 8 last year. Officials at...

Police Arrest Fed Poly Oko Graduate For Beheading Friend in A’Ibom

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command on Wednesday arrested a 32-year-old graduate of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, Mr. Stephen Onona, in connection with the death of his close friend and employee, Mr. Daniel Solomon. Onona is from Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State while Solomon was from Uruan LGA of Akwa Ibom State. Onona was said to be an employee of Africana First Publisher, Uyo, where he worked for four years. The Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom...

Buhari commends Father Mbaka’s courage and patriotism in run-up to 2015 elections

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended fiery Catholic priest, Revd Father Ejike Mbaka, for his patriotism in the run-up to the 2015 general elections, saying his courage has earned him a mark in the sands of time. In a statement Thursday to congratulate the leader of the Adoration Ministries Enugu, Nigeria, on the occasion of his 20th priestly ordination, the President said history would favour Mr. Mbaka for courageously speaking truth to power, even at great risks. In the statement signed by...

Nigeria has taken ICJ’s ruling on Bakassi in good faith -Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Yaunde, Republic of Cameroon said to Nigerians to accept the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the oil-rich Bakassi penisular to Cameroon in good faith. “Since Nigeria allowed the case to go to court and we lost, we have to abide by it” he said

Massive shake up in Nigerian Army , as Buratai appoints new GOC

There is massive shake up in the hierarchy of the Nigerian Army as the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai appointed new General Officers Commanding the Divisions of the Nigerian Army as well as new Principal Staff Officers to run the affairs of Army headquarters. Also appointed were...

Air force intercepts Boko Haram’s fuel supply

The fuel supply route of the Boko Haram militants has been intercepted, and their new fuel supply seized by the fighter pilots of the Nigerian Air Force. The Director, Air Force Information, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, said in a statement on Wednesday, July 29,  that the Air Force seized 4,000 drums and jerry cans of...

FG goes after ‘super rich’ civil servants over corruption

Federal Government’s anti-corruption operatives have been sent after ‘super rich’ public officers who have multiple properties and other assets suspected to have been the rewards of graft. The searchlight of the anti-corruption agents is on civil servants that possess many properties in the Federal Capital Territory.

Photo Of The Day – D’banj

D'banj looks smart in his suit, designed by Okunorenhe.  He Wore a black suit, paired with neck chain, a wrist watch and shoes to blend the look. He wrote on his Instagram #SALUTE = Dress code + Work mode - Boss Mood #theKingIsHere #TheKingIsHere ...feels good to be Bag in Lasgidi. Week 3 get ready..   Lagos are you ready for the...

El-Rufai Nominates 13 Commissioners

The governor of Kaduna State, mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has nominated 13 persons as members of the state executive council. In a letter to Aminu Shagali, Speaker of the Kaduna State...

#AkwaIbom: Okori VS Akpabio: No election took place, Okori’s witnesses tells tribunal

...insist Akpabio not PDP candidate ...ex Governor's camp in disarray, Paul Usoro, Nwoko missing in court The trial in the legal battle between Chief Inibehe Okori of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Chief Godswill Akpabio of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) commenced on Wednesday at the Customary Court, Dutsen Alhaji, Abuja. Three witnesses testified on Wednesday against the former Governor. At the...

Governor El-Rufai nominates 13 Commissioners

Malam Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, has nominated 13 persons as members of the state executive council. In a letter to Hon. Aminu Shagali, Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, El-Rufai requested the legislators to consider and approve his nominees. The governor also attached the indicative portfolios of the nominees in the interest of a transparent screening process. The nominees are: NamePortfolio 1 Professor...

Beyonce Finally Pregnant After Months Of IVF Treatments

Beyoncé, 33, and her hubby Jay Z‘s, 45, are more than ready to expand their family it seems. A new report claims that the famous duo turned to IVF to get pregnant for a second time. It’s been three years since they welcomed their daughter Blue Ivy, 3, so the timing couldn’t be better. Speculation that Beyoncé is pregnant is back with full force! A new report claims that the singer is with child thanks to multiple rounds of IVF treatments. “Even though...