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!

  • fadala
  • 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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No fewer than 20 persons were killed on Monday in an early morning crash around Irepeni, along Abuja-Lokoja-Okene highway. About 25 cows were also killed in the incident. Vanguard gathered that the accident was caused by a road block mounted by armed robbers along Irepeni axis of the highway. The robbers were said to have fled the scene afterwards. An eyewitness said a luxury bus with number plates KRD 799 LC, which was heading to Abuja...

Don’t Rush Buhari To Hasty Action, Gowon Pleads With Nigerians

Following the recent 30-day assessment of the new government led by President Buhari, and Buhari being referred to Baba Go-slow, former Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has pleaded with Nigerians not to rush the new president. Speaking exclusively with the Nigerian Tribune, in Ibadan, Gowon said; "Give him a chance. You cannot solve any problem within two or three days. People say they want a change but as far as the problem of Nigeria is...

Jos Explosions: Angry Protesters Torch Two Churches – Police

The Plateau State Police Commissioner, Nasiru Oki, has said two churches were on Monday set ablaze by angry persons protesting bomb explosion at a mosque Sunday night in Jos. The police boss made the disclosure Monday evening at the police headquarters in Jos, the state capital. While briefing journalists on the police’s investigations, Mr. Oki said no arrest had been made so far. He also noted that no life was lost in the church...

News Alert !!! Many Feared Dead As Bomb Explodes At Workers’ Biometric Screening Centre In Zaria

Many are currently feared dead in a bomb explosion which occurred at workers’ biometric screening centre in Sabon Gari local government area of Kaduna State this morning. Details later. . .

UN Screens Boko Haram Victims For Skills Acquisition

The United Nations (UN) has commenced the screening of 2,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) for the first phase of providing means of livelihood and early recovery support scheme to the victims of Boko Haram insurgency. Speaking in Gombe, yesterday, the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, Dr. Daouda Toure, told the IDPs that the screening was to ascertain if they were actually victims of insurgency. “UNDP, in partnership with the governments of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe,...

Akon Meets with Osinbajo, Elumelu At Energy Summit in Abidjan

International Singer, Akon was all smiles as he met with African Leaders at the Launch of the West African

Floyd Mayweather Stripped Of WBO Welterweight Title After Beating Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather has been stri*ped of the welterweight world title he won after his points victory over Manny Pacquaio in May for failing to adhere by the rules, the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) announced on Monday. Mayweather (48-0) failed to remit the sum of $200,000 (£128,000) sanctioning fee to the WBO by the 3 July deadline, as well as vacate the junior middleweight title he also held. He had, after his victory over Pacquaio, said...

Buhari Secretly Shared The Same Vision and Core Principles of Boko Haram – Fani Kayode Writes About a Northern Agenda

Those who thought Chief Femi Fani-Kayode was done with President Buhari because the elections have since been won and lost will have a sharp re-think after reading this post from his Facebook wall. Anyone that honestly believed that a man who secretly shares the same vision and core principles of BH and who spent many years defending them can do anything but give them a free hand when he comes to power is living in cuckoo...

APC Crisis: Oyegun’s Exit Isn’t A Solution — Senator

Senator Francis Alimikhena, APC, Edo North is the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate and a retired military officer. In this interview with Vanguard, Senator Alimikhena, who is in his first term in the Senate and the only APC senator from the South-South, speaks on topical issues affecting the Senate and his party.  Excerpts: What should one expect from you as the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate?

Five Nigerian Students Detained In Malaysia Over Alleged N125.2m Internet Fraud

A Malaysian court has ordered the detention of five Nigerian students in Malysia for their alleged involvement in a N125.2m (RM2.4 million) internet fraud in Selangor & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to local media reports, the 5 Nigerian students who are between the ages of 20 and 30 are undergraduates pursuing a degree in Information Technology in a leading University Kuala Lumpur. They were arrested on June 30, 2015. A Malaysian police chief ACP Azmi Adam while...

Ikorodu Heist Was Planned In 30 Minutes, Suspect Says

The police paraded suspects in the Ikorodu bank robbery, yesterday. About N80 million was reportedly carted away a fortnight ago by the robbers in a heist one of the suspects said was planned in just 30 minutes. According to one of the suspects, 25-year-old Bright who has fathered two kids, the robbery was carried out by an 18-man gang. Bright, a graduate of English/Christian Religious Study from the College of Education, Ekiadolor, Edo State, said a...

Emir Sanusi Spoke On Proper Child Education And Condemned Early Female Marriage

Emir of Kano, Sanusi II, spoke in Kaduna at the weekend during the 10th Annual Ramadan Lecture organised by the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN). His speech was on “The Challenges of Muslim Ummah in the 21st Century."

Ebola Resurgence: WHO Calls For Resilient Health Systems

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that recovery from Ebola will be impossible unless resilient health systems are rebuilt in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The world health body in a message yesterday on its website said recovery in West Africa needs more urgency as the region’s battered systems have limited capacity to reactivate essential health services. In the lead-up to a major fundraising conference for Ebola recovery, the WHO described rebuilding of the...

Hold PDP Responsible For Any Breach Of Peace In Osun, APC Tells Police

As the call for the impeachment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola increases in Osun, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has called on security agencies to hold the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore and his party responsible for any breach of peace in the state. In a statement by the Directorate of Publicity, Research and Strategy, yesterday, the party said it was aware of plans by a group of...

INEC: Zakari Reconstitutes 14 Standing Committees

The acting chairperson of the Independent National Commission (INEC), Amina Bala Zakari, has approved the re-constitution of 14 Standing Committees of the electoral commission. She however will serve as chairman of three committees namely Information Technology and Voter Registry, Finance and General Purpose Committee, and Security Committee. According to a bulletin by INEC, the reconstitution was contained in a memo issued and signed by the secretary to the commission, Mrs Augusta C. Ogakwu. The committees...

Nigeria Has 3rd Highest IDPs After Syria, Iraq – NHRC

The chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof Chidi Odinkalu, has disclosed that with about one million people displaced from their homes, Nigeria harbours the third highest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the world, behind war-torn Syria and Iraq. He stated this yesterday at a national conference organised by the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), the MDGs Office and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) with the theme, ‘Good

El Rufai Removes LG Treasurers, Orders Ghost Workers Fished Out

Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State on Monday removed all local government treasurers and Directors of Personnel Management (DPM) in the councils in the state. The governor also directed the chairmen, caretaker committees for local government councils in the state to fish out “ghost workers” at all cost. El-Rufa’i, who gave the directive while swearing in 23 local government caretaker chairmen, however, said the treasurers and DPMs would be reassigned. The governor, who assured...

Nigeria Has $1.7 Billion Left In Excess Crude Account Says Accountant General

Last week, governors claimed that about $2 billion was left in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) by the last administration. However, recent figures from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGoF) indicates it is actually between $1.6 and $1.7 billion. The newly appointed Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, revealed the figure.

University Of Ibadan Ranks First In Nigeria And Eight In Africa

The recent 2015 rating according to Journals Consortium of 1,447 African universities and higher institutions, using certain criteria such as research publications and citations from 2010 to 2014 and visibility on the Internet, has ranked the University of Ibadan (UI) best in Nigeria and eighth in Africa.

CRAN Sues FG For Relocation Of Boko Haram Suspects To Anambra Prison

Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network (CRAN) has filed a suit against the Federal Government, requesting prompt relocation of the 47 suspected Boko Haram members allegedly transferred to Anambra State recently. The group in a suit filed at the Federal High Court, Awka is seeking a declaration of...

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State Dissolved Plateau Local Government Councils

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau dissolved the 17 Local Government Councils in the state. Mr Rufus Bature, Secretary to the State Government, said that the dissolution was in accordance to the powers of the governor...

Doctors Of Jos Teaching Hospital Suspend Strike Because Of Twin Bomb Blast

The Secretary of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Plateau, in person of Dr Meshack Daniel, made it clear that the suspension of strike was to enable the doctors give adequate medical attention to the victims. Dr Meshack Daniel said, "As

FIFA Bans Head Of World Cup Committee For Two World Cups

FIFA banned the former head of the FIFA evaluation committee, Harold Mayne-Nicholls, a former Chilean FA president, for the next seven years, that is, for 2018 and 2022 World Cups for “confidentiality” breeches. Harold Mayne-Nicholls will not be taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level. The full details of the charges were, however, not disclosed.

President Buhari Approves N400 Billion For Workers’ Salaries

President Buhari has approved a comprehensive relief package valued at over N400bn to put an end to the lingering crisis of unpaid workers’ salaries in the country. Vanguard gathered that a three-pronged relief package that will end the workers plight include: The sharing of about $2.1b (N413.7bn) in fresh allocation between the states and the federal government. The money is sourced from recent LNG proceeds to the federation account, and its release okayed by the president; A...

Ciara’s New Boyfriend Russell Wilson Says They Are Abstaining From Sex!

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a born again Christian who abstains from sex! From Future, that is definitely an upgrade for Ciara. Russell told The Rock Church in an interview over the weekend that God told him to lead Ciara and says they abstain from having sex… "I met this girl named Ciara who is the most beautiful woman in the world. She is the most kind person, the most engaging person, everything I could ever...

Gbese !!! Pastor Disgraced After Women Storm His Wedding Claiming To Be Married To Him

Drama ensued at the NPC Church in Valley Road in Kenya recently after some women stormed the church while the wedding ceremony of a pastor in the church, Pastor John Waituha was ongoing. According to reports, the women claimed they were legally married to the Pastor and even showed children which they said they had for the pastor. Pastor John broke down in tears while the women were shouting at the church. The police was called in...

Nigerian Poses As Royal Marine, Dupes Four Women Of N30m

*Four women who were duped out of £100,000 by lonely hearts conman on dating website Match.com after he posed as a Royal Marine will only get a few hundred pounds back each *The victims paid money to Nigerian immigrant Adewale Adewole, 31 *He posed as a Royal Marine commando on the dating website Match.com *Falsely claimed to be army captain Timmy Francis who ran an orphanage *Duped women into sending him money which he transferred to his wife Four besotted women duped...

Man Sentenced to One Month In Prison For Stealing 7 Pieces Of Meat In A Pot Of Soup

An Ota Magistrates’ Court this morning sentenced a 28-year-old man to one month in prison for breaking into a shop to steal seven pieces of meats from a pot of soup. The Magistrate, Miss Temitope Adebutu, however, gave the convict an option of N5,000 fine. The accused, of no fixed address, was arraigned on a two count of stealing and burglary.

See Photos Of The Ikorodu Bank Robbers Being Paraded By Lagos State Police Command

hese are the faces of the suspected criminals who partook in the Ikorodu robbery -attacking two banks and carting away with huge sum of money....The robbers attacked the banks located at Ipakodo Ebute, near Ogolonto in Ikorodu. They were said to have used speed boats in accessing the community, raiding First Bank and Zenith bank in the area. See more photos below...   PHOTO...

Pictures Of Prof. Jega Resuming Office At The University Today

Prof. Attahiru Jega, former INEC Chairman reporting today at the Dept of Political Science, Bayero University, Kano. Welcome back sir!    

Khloe Kardashian Shares Hot Lingerie Pic With Kourtney

Khloe supports her sisters like no other..Amidst photos of Scott Disick flirting with his ex in France, Khloe decided to remind him who's the baddest..She shared the pic above with caption: #TBT to the baddest in the game... Then and now. My ace for life @kourtneykardash Khloe is very close to Scott but when it comes to her sisters, she draws the line..

Abandoned Mother of Triple Twins Speaks: “I Will Take My Runaway Husband Back”

It was easy locating the storey building where Ruth Uche, the woman whose husband fled home when he learned she was expecting another set of twins after previously giving birth to two sets of twins, resides. The dark-brown building at 32, Awori/Morica Street, Agege, Lagos stands out like a sore thumb, but locating the single room where she currently takes refuge with her three sets of twins is a bit more challenging. Gaining access to the room situated at...

Simon Cowell Loses His Mum

Simon Cowell's beloved mother Julie Brett has died. The 89 year old passed away recently after a lengthy health battle. She died of a stroke. Simon is said to be devastated. X Factor auditions which were supposed to start today have been cancelled. May her soul rest in peace, amen.

ISIS Executes 2 Media Activists For ‘Working Against Them’ In Syria

ISIS over the weekend released a horrific video showing the execution of two media activists in Raqqa, for allegedly being 'informants', speaking against them and handing out anti-Shariah leaflets. In the video, the two men identified as Bashar Abdul Atheem and Faisal Hasan Al Habib, who were local residents in Raqqa, were first interrogated before they were tied to a tree and shot dead. ISIS says it's a warning to other activists working against them. More photos...

Fuel Scarcity To Continue As Importers Run Out Of Bank Credit!

The scarcity of refined petroleum products, especially petrol, may continue across the country for the unforeseeable future because marketers have stopped importing the product due to the reluctance of the banks to provide them with credit. It was also learnt that as of May 29, 2015, the amount being owed all the oil marketers by the Federal Government was N291.7bn. Our correspondent gathered that the refusal of the banks to provide credit to the marketers had adversely affected the...

Borno Residents Caution FG Against Dialogue With Boko Haram

Some residents of Borno on Monday cautioned the Federal Government against rushing into dialogue with the Boko Haram insurgents as a way of ending their violent campaign. Those who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Monday advised government to concentrate on military action against the insurgents. Shieikh Musa Usman, a Maiduguri based Islamic scholar, advised government to equip the military with the necessary weapons to face...

How To Be A Nigerian By Ololade Ajekigbe

Nigerians are a very special breed of people who possess unique qualities that only they could have been blessed with. Today, I will be attempting to help you recognize a full blooded Nigerian when you see one. If you are a Nigerian who has lived mostly in the diaspora, especially if you didn't spend your formative years here, you may not be able to relate with the characteristics I will be highlighting, sorry... but that only suggests...

On The Ball : The Rise Of Dele Alli By Edward Okaro

In this piece, I'll be talking a little bit about the two things I absolutely adore as an avid football/soccer fan: (a)The Barclays Premier League (The most watched league in the world) and (b) My beloved Nigerian National Men’s Football team (or the Super Eagles as they are fondly called) The subject to which these two things are centred around is none other than promising Nigerian born starlet Bamidele ‘Dele’ Alli and I’ll be...

One Minute Extra With Jess : Jess Says Thank You

This episode is to say thank you to everyone for the feedback, corrections and especially to my viewers and subscribers. We are closely coming to the end of the first season of One Minute Extra With Jessica and I look forward to a more informative and entertaining season two.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yMAauCC_AQ&feature=youtu.be

Kidnapped Wife Of Former Bayelsa Acting Governor Regains Freedom

The kidnapped wife of the former acting governor of Bayelsa State, Madam Martha Nestor Binabo, has been released. According to a family source, the 48-year- old woman was handed over to a negotiator at Buguma area of Rivers State in the early hours of Sunday. According to the source, the family adhered to the strict instructions by the kidnappers not to involve the police. She was released with a transport fare of N18,000 and a...

Army Plans More Court-Martial To Fight Indiscipline

The Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, on Sunday said that the Nigerian Army would continue to set up court-martial to check indiscipline among troops within its ranks. The Army boss, who made the statement while speaking during the an Interdenominational Church Service to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2015, NADECL, added that the Army is taking all proactive measures to restore sanity and battle confidence to troops. “I must set up court-martial and...

Cross River State To Host MBGN Pageant In October

Cross River State Government and Silverbird Group have signed a 4-year management contract for the hosting of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN), at the prestigious 5,000 seat capacity Calabar International Convention Centre (CICC). According to the agreement, Calabar will play host to both the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) and the maiden edition of Miss Africa Beauty Pageant owned by the Cross River State Government. Speaking shortly after the signing ceremony at...

Free Man : Delta State Policemen Rescue Pastor From Kidnappers’ Den

A joint team of police operatives from Otu-Jeremi, Ughelli South Local Government Area and NNPC area in Warri have rescued a pastor of a new generation church in Effurun from kidnappers’ den after he had spent some days in captivity. It was gathered that the victim was rescued from a bush along ECN road, Otu-Jeremi following a tip-off. The victim, our correspondent also learnt, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen at about 8:30 pm, along Keme...

Pope Francis Begins South America Trip In Ecuador

Pope Francis has arrived in Ecuador, in his first visit since becoming pope to the Spanish-speaking part of South America, bringing a message of solidarity with the poor in the region, while trying to rally his church amid dwindling numbers. Francis, history’s first South American leader of the Catholic church, arrived in the capital Quito at 19:40 GMT on Sunday for a week-long tour of the continent, which also includes stops in Bolivia and Paraguay.

Suswam Denies Beating Wife In London, Says He’s In Germany

Former Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswan, Sunday said he was not arrested in London for wife beating. His lawyer, P.H. Ogbole, who spoke in Abuja yesterday called on friends and family of the former governor to disregard the publications claiming that Suswam was arrested in the United Kingdom for beating up his wife, Yemisi. While threatening to take legal action against those behind the falsehood, Suswam described publication alleging that he beat his wife as...

NEMA Releases Official Report On Jos Bomb Attacks, Contradicts State Govt’s Report

The Director in charge of the North-Central zone of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mohammed Abdulsalam, has put the number of deaths in Sunday night’s bomb attacks on Jos at 44. Mr. Abdulsalam also told journalists via telephone on Monday morning that 48 others were badly injured, and are currently hospitalized in various hospitals in the Plateau state capital. But the Plateau state government insisted that only 18 people died in the incidents, with 18...

Shettima Urges Fleeing Residents Of Attacked Villages To Return Home

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima has urged fleeing residents of attacked Zabarmari and Hadamari villages to return, as troops will provide protection against any Boko Haram attacks or bombings on the affected farming and herding communities in the state. The governor, while addressing surviving residents of Zabarmari, urged the fleeing villagers trooping to Maiduguri to return to their respective houses. “Since the military have repelled the insurgents from destroying this village, the people should not...

President Buhari To Revisit Unbanning Of Textiles

President Muhammadu Buhari is to revisit the recent decision of the Jonathan Administration which removed the importation of textile products from the list of banned items. A highly placed government official  said the decision by the last administration to remove textile from the list of banned items to be imported into the country was “unconscionable” ?in view of larger implications on the unemployment situation in the country. The official who spoke on condition of anonymity...

Why We Invited Ekweremadu For Questioning- Police

The Nigerian Police Force has given reasons for inviting the deputy president of the senate, Ike Ekweremadu, to its headquarters for questioning. The police explained on its Facebook page that it received a petition from a senator who alleged unauthorized substitution of senate document. It said in line with the policy of the police leadership on evidence gathering, the matter was referred to the Force CID in Abuja for investigation. Following the investigation, a...

Youths Block Highways In Kaduna To Protest Appointment Of Interim Council Chair

There is currently tension in Kaduna as youths, predominantly Gbagyi, blocked the ?major roads leading to Chikun local government area of Kaduna State in protest of the appointment of Hajiya Hadiza Yahuza as interim chairman of the local government. The situation attracted heavy traffic jam? as workers were prevented from accessing the road to their work places. Meanwhile, heavily armed policemen are? presently using tear gas to disperse the angry youths.  About five youths have...

Yero left Kaduna in deficit, says KDSG

The Kaduna State Government has dismissed claims that the former government left over N8 billion in the accounts. Former deputy governor, Mr. Nuhu Audu Bajoga, made the claim  over the weekend. A statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the governor said the Mukhtar Ramalan Yero government actually left the state in deficit. “The Kaduna State Government had N228,333,371.67 in its central account on 29 May 2015....

Man Pictured Draped In Isis-Like Flag Near Big Ben And Houses Of Parliament In London

Police have confronted a man draped in what appeared to be an Isis flag, as he walked past the Houses of Parliament with a young child on his shoulders waving a miniature version of the parchment. Startling images of the incident shows the man walking past a group of scouts with a black flag around his shoulders as he...

Boko Haram Members Sell Seized Goats To Owners To Raise Money To Buy Petrol

A survivor of Boko Haram attack on a Borno town made a startling revelation that Boko Haram insurgents were selling goats and other livestock seized from owners during se­ries of attacks on the communities to buy pet­rol. Danladi Umar who fled the troubled Kukawa town, north of Borno following the Wednesday Boko Haram at­tack disclosed to Sunday Sun. “They took away our goats, chicken and other livestock after attack on Kukawa and other neighbouring villages. They also...

Photos: Femi Fani-Kayode’s Daughter Weds

The traditional wedding of Temi, the daughter of former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode to her beau, Jaiye Randle, the son of Lagos Chief, Bashorun J.K Randle, took place today July 5th in Lagos. Congrats to them...

What I Told Nicki Minaj When She Broke Up With Safaree – Meek Mill

Meek Mill has opened up on his role in Nicki Minaj's break up with Safaree ...It was reported he was instrumental in their breakup,by setting Safaree up on various occasions .Speaking with Sway of Sirius FM, Meek said all he did was tell her: ‘Do what’s best for you really. I’m not no hater,‘Do what’s best for you. Whatever you feel in your heart.‘Cause I don’t want to be in the middle of something and that ain’t...

‘Negotiate With FG And Stop The Killing’ – Saraki Tells Boko Haram

Senate president,Bukola Saraki has called on Boko Haram to accept president Buhari's offer of negotiation.This comes as it was revealed the FG is ready to negotiate with the insurgents to bring an end to insurgency ..In a statement released by his media office, Saraki condemned the killing of 6 at the Redeemed church in Yobe today...His statement reads My heart is with individuals and families who were directly or indirectly affected by this ungodly, sadistic and evil...

I Did Most Of The Work In The EME Album – Skales Reveals

 Its no news that Skales and Wizkid had a huge social media fight over somethings the former said...Skales had alleged he wrote most of Wizkid's hit songs,he also said Wizkid was avoiding a collaboration with him.. Now,Skales has moved on to a new record label but tells whoever cares to know,he wasn't unproductive during his time at Banky W' led EME records..In a new interview with RubbingMinds today,Skales...

Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis Just Got Married

According to People magazine, the stars tied the knot this weekend, reps have not yet responded to requests for comment. There were several rumours they had been married earlier this year but they are finally married now. Kutcher, 37, and Kunis, 31, met while playing love interests on the Fox sitcom, which ran from 1998 to 2006. "My first real kiss ever was with him on the show," she said in W magazine's August issue, adding, "We all get movie star crushes....

Dangote Explains Why He Wants To Buy Arsenal

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has disclosed his reason for seeking to acquire a stake in English Premier League team, Arsenal. Few weeks ago, Dangote, 58, attracted widespread criticism from various quarters in Nigeria when he re-iterated his interest in acquiring the Premier League team. Many Nigerians called him out, insisting that his money would be better spent by acquiring a local Nigerian football team and promoting the Nigerian Premier League rather than...

See the Moment ISIS Child Killers Brutally Shot Dead 25 Syrian Soldiers In Front Of Bloodthirsty Crowd

ISIS has released a significant new execution video from the historic city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert. Child executioners are shown in the video being forced to brutally slaughter a group of more than 25 regime soldiers. The video shows the soldiers lined up on their knees on the stage of the Roman amphitheatre, which had formerly been used for an annual festival in the city. A baying crowd of men and boys gathered in the restored...

Graphic Photo From The Jos Bomb Blast At Yan-Taya Mosque Yesterday

This is a photo from the deadly bomb blast that rocked the Yan-Taya mosque in Jos yesterday.  The blast had happened as a sermon on the occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan was going on. Another blast occurred at Bauchi Road, a major thoroughfare in Jos that is also in an area where many Muslim families reside. At least 15 people were killed and 20 others were injured...

Best Foods For Weight Loss & Quick Results

Listed below are a few of the best food categories to promote healthy digestive health. They each have helpful functions to cleanse your body of harmful toxins and promote overall wellness: 1. Foods that are Rich in Fiber You are probably going to notice one recurring theme throughout this article. That theme is the use of healthy dietary fiber. This is an important dietary staple to focus on since our current diets tend to lack...

Ministerial Appointments: Delay Aimed At Assembling Best Hands – Al-Makura

Nasarawa State governor Tanko Al-Makura has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s seeming delay in the appointment of ministers and other key government officials has nothing to do with the leadership crisis rocking the party. He added that it also has nothing to do with insinuations that the president is finding it difficult to take action because he is torn between patronising those who contributed to his victory and those who can really deliver the goods.

PMB Should Address Nigerians On Insurgency – BBOG

Expressing concerns over the resurgence of suicide bombings in the North-East, the #BringBackOurGirls(BBOG) group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation on the Boko Haram insurgency. Speaking during the group’s sit-out, Aisha Yesufu, noted that Nigerians, especially those affected by the bombings, would want to know government’s efforts towards ending the nightmare that had been terrorizing the nation over the years. According to her, the president's’ silence on the issue was unacceptable,...

Police Arrest Ikorodu Bank Robbers

Four members of the robbery gang that raided two banks in Ikorodu, Lagos State, on 24 June, have been arrested, the police claimed. The gang had robbed First Bank and a new generation at Ogolonto and carted away huge sums of money. The police in Lagos in the aftermath of the public outrage triggered by the robbery and the manner of escape via the Ikorodu lagoon, offered a N5 million reward for information.

Buhari Reacts To Criticisms On Appointing More Northerners

Following criticisms that trailed the appointments made so far by President Muhammadu Buhari which many argued were lopsided in favour of the north, the president, yesterday, dismissed insinuations that he was implementing a northern agenda in his appointments. It will be recalled that President Buhari since taking over the reins of power on May 29 has, so far, made 11 appointments, out of which only one came from the South West. Although some people considered...

USA Women Team Wins World Cup For The Third Time

The female team of USA showed once more they are great by defeating Japan 5-2. Carli Lloyd was the star of the day as she became the first woman to score a hat-trick in world cup final. USA lifts the world cup once again in 16 years, since their last title in 1999.

Ben Affleck Denies He Has Serious Feelings’ For Margot

Fans of 'Bennifer' were left heartbroken earlier this month when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner called time on their 10 year marriage. And in the days that followed, the rumour mill went into overdrive. The latest claims to plague the 42-year-old actor are reports that he's 'developed serious feelings' for his Suicide Squad co-star Margot Robbie.

Greek Finance Minister Announces Resignation

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned after Greek voters delivered an overwhelming "No" vote in a referendum on whether to accept more austerity measures in return for new bailout cash. In a statement published on his personal blog on Monday, Varoufakis said he was stepping down to allow Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to reach a new deal with European creditors. "Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made...

Nigeria Can’t Be Fixed Overnight – David Umaru

Senator David Umaru representing Niger East Senatorial District in the National Assembly has said that the 16 years of destruction of Nigeria by the former ruling party cannot be fixed in a short period. The senator who spoke over the weekend at a Thanksgiving service organised by the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Shiroro District Church Council (DCC) at Gwada area of the state, called for patience from Nigerians. David Umaru assured that the present...

We Have No Hand In Ekweremadu’s Police Invitation- APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said it has nothing to do with the reported police invitation of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, over which the PDP has released an “outlandish” statement containing all sorts of imaginary claims. In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said it neither wrote a petition to the police nor is it aware that any petition was written against the Deputy Senate...

Fraudsters Alert: Chibok Girls’ Parents Warn Nigerians

The parents of the abducted female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno, on Sunday alerted the public on the activities of some fraudsters using their names to defraud Nigerians and corporate bodies. Yakubu Maina, the chairman of the association of parents of the abducted girls, raised the alert at a news conference in Maiduguri. “We wish to alert Nigerians and corporate organisations on the existence of some individuals and organisations masquerading as parents of...

APC Southwest Chairmen Vow To Never Acknowledge Saraki, Dogara

Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Southwest have vowed not to recognize the emergence of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara until the crisis revolving around the National Assembly contest is sufficiently resolved by the party. Chairman of the Ekiti State chapter of the party, Chief Jide Awe disclosed this yesterday as his counterpart in Oyo State, Chief Akin Oke insisted that the two presiding officers of the...