How my government is tackling #SouthernKaduna crisis from the root – Nasir El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai spoke with reporters in Lagos on his style of governance, the rift between him and Senator Shehu Sani, the violence in Southern Kaduna and how to end the crisis.

Could you shed light on the protracted Southern Kaduna crisis?
The crisis would start with a dispute between two people; as long as those two people are from different ethnic groups, different religious persuasions, they don’t get resolved by community leaders or law enforcement agencies. They get escalated into a group conflict between one ethnic group against another or one religious group against another.

The conflicts, according to the Agwai Committee, arise from the semi-settled Fulani people. In at least two cases out of the 11 we have had, it was a clash between indigenous ethnic groups that are mostly Christians. So, I want people to understand this; this has been a pattern; 11 times it has happened and not necessarily religious, and it is mostly ethnic. It was only once in 1992 after the Zangon Kataf crisis that the Federal Government under Babangida established a judicial tribunal, which tried Zamani Lekwot and others for killings, and they were sentenced to death. Babangida politically commuted their sentences to life imprisonment, and thereafter, they were released. It was the Federal Government that did it, not the state government. The state government has never prosecuted anyone. And this is the pattern, and then, we wait for another conflict.

Why is the area addicted to crisis?
In 37 years, we have had 11, and if you do the maths, you will see that it happens almost every three years. So, when we came into office, I asked for all the reports of the commissions of inquiry and I read all of them; the only one that I have not been able to find is that of the first one, the Kasuwa Magani crisis. I read all of the White Papers because I knew sooner or later that in our four years, we might have one. So, we were ready for this. But we took steps to ensure that it did not at all happen. The first thing we did was to try to understand ‘why were communities in Southern Kaduna attacked?’ We set up a committee under Gen. Martins Agwai to study the problem and tell us what is the problem. The committee was inaugurated, submitted a report in August 2015. They had some findings and recommendations that were very, interesting. They found that there were three kinds of Fulani – the settled Fulani that don’t have cattle; the semi-settled who have cattle, but don’t go very far, maybe within the confines of the state and then, the transhumane Fulani, who come from West African countries.

There is an ECOWAS protocol that allows them to move across these countries and it appears there are international stalk routes that had been marked in pre-colonial times to enable them to move their cattle up and down. What has happened is that, over the years, expansion of population, urban development, need for farmlands have encroached on these international stalk routes.

So, as these Fulani, mostly from outside Nigeria, come. they get on farms that in their minds were part of the international stalk routes but have now been overtaken by need for agricultural land. This is where the conflicts come.

What were the findings of the committees set up to probe the crises?
The conflicts, according to the Agwai Committee, arise from the semi-settled Fulani who move cattle within Nigeria and the transhumance Fulani who come from outside Nigeria. The second finding and recommendation of the committee was that under Governor Patrick Yakowa, this dichotomy was understood by him and that when the attacks on Southern Kaduna communities persisted, he figured that it had to do with the 2011 post-election violence and he began to send delegations to reach out to the transhumane Fulani and offer them compensation to stop coming to kill.

To some extent, Yakowa was successful until he died; because at some point, the attacks stopped. But, when he died, the successor government did not continue, and the attacks resumed. The Agwai Committee recommended that we should try to reach out to these transhumance Fulani because they are the main cause of the attacks. The committee established that it is not the Nigerian Fulani that are doing most of the attacks and that the bulk of it was coming from abroad.

We said to them, ‘look, we offer you compensation for deaths, for livestock lost, provided you agree that these reprisals stop. Leave our people alone; this has happened, it happened in 2011.’ We were very successful because from August 2015 when we started the outreach, following Agwai Committee report, till May 2016, there were no attacks in Southern Kaduna. There was silence. We thought that we had dealt with more than one-half of the problem – the transhumane Fulani. Once we started sending delegations, even those who were planning to attack heard that the government was going round apologising, offering compensation. so, they waited because the Fulani have their informal ways of communication and we thought that we had solved that problem.

What is your relationship with the three senators from your state?
One of the things that I initiated was a monthly meeting with members of the National Assembly from Kaduna State across party lines. Because I believe that their job is to advocate for Kaduna State’s interest at the federal level and that we should all work together.

I hosted them to a dinner immediately after the inauguration, but the senator from Southern Kaduna did not come, the two APC senators came, and most of the members of the House of Representatives came. I told them that we needed to work together to influence budgetary provisions for Kaduna, to influence projects and so on. I was doing that monthly, until the Governors’ Forum started fixing monthly meetings the same time I was having dinner with the members of the National Assembly. That disrupted it, and I have not met with them now for about four months, but we have now agreed to a monthly late lunch meeting. The senator from Southern Kaduna maybe considered himself a PDP senator and, maybe, thought we would not be fair to him; so he has never attended these meetings.

I think that, once elections are over, you are governor of everyone and you should try to bring everyone along. That does not mean that I don’t have separate meetings with APC House of Representatives members or House of Assembly members; we do when we have to meet over party issues, and I meet monthly with House of Assembly members across party lines. They come, and I host them to dinner. They ask what we are doing, and we explain.

We are on one page, and I think this is why our House of Assembly, I think, is the most prolific in Nigeria. It has passed something like 25 laws in two years.

What is your relationship with Senator Shehu Sani?
Shehu Sani’s history is that he is an activist, of some type and it is up to you to determine the adjective. He contested the APC primary and defeated the candidate that I supported (General Sani Saleh), and after the primaries, I brought everyone together and said we have to win this election. I got Saleh to support him, and we supported him fully. I think the problem is that because Shehu Sani’s mind is that of an activist, he thinks that the way to position himself…he thinks politics is being in the media all the time. Activism is different from politics. Sometimes in politics, you don’t want your name in the media, but activists’ oxygen is the media, and he thinks that the way to remain visible and prepare him for running for governor of Kaduna State in 2019 is to criticise everything I do.

Even, if I breathe air, he will criticise it. I told my media team not to respond to him; we are a government of everybody, including Shehu Sani. Let the party apparatchik respond to him, let people in the streets respond to him, and I also told them to let’s work, let’s produce results because we will get to the point that nobody can come and criticise us. Because of the things he has been doing, criticising the president, saying all sorts of things about me, the party disciplinary process was initiated against him, but he blames it on me. He thinks I engineered it. But, frankly, I don’t care about Shehu Sani. I don’t think he is a threat to me politically or in any way. In 2018, when the whistle is blown we will see who has support on the ground in Kaduna.

It is claimed that you empowered General Saleh’s supporters…
I can choose who to empower. I am the governor of the state, and I have to make appointments, and in making the appointments, I have to balance merit, loyalty and paying off other debts. I don’t owe Shehu Sani anything. I asked all of them, Shehu Sani, to give me names of people that I will appoint to positions. They gave me, and I looked at them, and none of the people from Shehu’s list is good enough to be a commissioner in my cabinet.
Shehu Sani’s first anger was that the list of commissioners came out and none from his list. In a state where there are about 10,000 PhDs that I have in my data base; I am not going to take a diploma holder and make him a commissioner just because he is Shehu Sani’s man. I don’t operate like that. When President Obasanjo called me and said he was going to make me a minister, I gave him a condition that ‘you don’t appoint members of my team, I will appoint my team,’ and that is the person that appointed me. If you have a difficult job, you have to appoint your own team. One of the commissioners we appointed has a Ph.D in Physics; he was a director in the Federal Civil Service. I never saw him until the day that I swore him in.

We just looked at his CV. Somebody brought it, and we appointed him based on his CV because there is a job to be done. Do I do this all the time? No! When we were appointing local government chairmen, I didn’t get involved. I said let us go and look at those who worked for us at the grassroots and appoint them local government chairmen and councillors. There are 225 councillors in Kaduna State, 23 local government chairmen; I did not appoint one! I left it to the party and our leaders, I said go and do it. I looked, and there was no woman, I said it is not possible, 23 chairmen and no woman?

So, I looked I saw one woman councillor in one local government, and I made her chairman! That was the only thing I did. I got two women to be local government chairmen! That was what I did. I did not appoint one person because they are not working directly with me. But the people that work directly with me, I must have confidence that they can deliver. Many politicians don’t like this because the PDP system of distribution has become so engrained that people feel entitled that once they help you win an election, you must give them commissioners or so.

Even Obasanjo that made me minister of FCT did not send me one person to work with me! On his membership of the Abuja Cabal It is not correct. Am I very close to Buhari? Yes. I worked very closely with him in the CPC (Congress for Progressive Change) when everyone had given up on him. I know him, I know how he thinks and he trusts me. Primary assignment He knows that I am driven by public interest. Do I participate in federal decision making? I don’t. I am too busy addressing Kaduna problems to be part of it. When I am called for an opinion or when I happen to be around, and I have an input or if I see something going seriously wrong; I drive and go and see Mr. President I have heard A, B, C, D. I don’t think it is right, you should consider doing C, D, E. I do that and I drive back to Kaduna. My primary assignment is Kaduna. I am not involved in the Federal Government. People like to say and attribute so much to me, and sometimes it is good for me, it gives me a larger than life image!

Is there a cabal?
There is always a cabal. Even in your own newspaper, there is a cabal. Nobody can run an institution without a coterie of two, three, four trusted people. There is always a cabal; the issue is whether it is a positive or a disruptive cabal. Am I a member of the cabal? No, I am governor of Kaduna State, I work for Kaduna State 24/7.

Why have you not transmitted some good things you did in Kaduna like the attachment of portfolios to commissioners-designate to the president?
Every leader has his leadership style, and every governor has his own culture. The culture in the Federal Government is to send names without portfolios. But that was the culture in Kaduna before you came? But I have decided to change it. I am not the president. If I am the president, I probably may do things differently, but if I am the president, also, I may get information and briefings by officials and security agents that may help me do things differently. You don’t know how much briefing or information he has. Every leader has his own style, information that guides how he decides. So, I can’t say that what I have done in Kaduna is necessarily relevant to the Federal Government.

The marking of Inuwa Abdulkadir’s house?
I don’t know that. I didn’t even know Inuwa Abdulkadir had land or house in Kaduna. I know that he has a wife that lives in Kaduna, I would assume that like most northern elite that he has a house in Kaduna, but I really didn’t know. I don’t know about this. These things are done as a matter of procedures and duties, and if he has his title and approved building plans, nobody would touch his house.

Of course, there is a problem between us because he is trying to mess up our party in Kaduna State in pursuit of an agenda and I have told him that if he doesn’t stop doing that, that I will deal with him and I got three witnesses to that. I am not a guerrilla warrior, if I am going to fight you, I will give you notice so that you will prepare. If Inuwa Abdulkadir has a house in Kaduna and he built without title or permission, I will not ask KASUPDA not to demolish just because he will blame me for it; I don’t care about that.

On the other hand, if he has his title and approved building plans, you better ask him to produce them to KASUPDA because this KASUPDA is three or so levels below me and I don’t get to know what they are doing.

Everything You Need To Know About The #IStandWithNigeria Peaceful Protest March

Since the idea of a nationwide march was first mentioned, the need for urgent solutions to the challenges facing Nigerians has become very clear. The people have hoped for a better Nigeria since 1999 but things are not getting any better for the majority.  We are still where we are – poor and desperate. I will be no longer be quiet.

I want to thank EiE, The 2face Foundation, numerous colleagues and countless fellow Nigerians for stepping up to partner with me. I am just a musician with a point of view and the ear of my fans.

I have dedicated my time and resources to peace building, voter education towards peaceful elections and youth engagement in governance in Nigeria. This time around, my partners, colleagues and I have come together to present a platform for real Nigerians to communicate their real pains to government at all levels in a peaceful and articulate manner with a view to getting lasting solutions to our problems.

This march is about demanding that all saboteurs of good government policies should hands off.

This march is about encouraging positive minded Nigerians to continue to work without intimidation.

We have a system that is clearly designed not to work for the majority.


What is this match not about?


It is not a platform for politicians of any party to manipulate. I know you will still spin it but for one second leave your battles aside and just listen to people without trying to score cheap political points against one another. It is not a point scoring exercise. It is certainly not personal.

It is not an organized labour platform. With all due respect to our comrades who have done much for Nigeria, this march is for the unrepresented.

It is not a ‘my religion or tribe is better than yours’ matter. All our blood is red.

I, Innocent Idibia, am a living example of a Nigerian who owes their success to Nigerians of every tribe and religion. None ask what religion or tribe I am before supporting me. I am grateful.




Therefore, it is with every sense of humility that I say that with this march, I want:

1)        Security

All Nigerians lives MUST matter. My religion, ethnicity or what part of the country I live shouldn’t determine the type of protection I get from my government.

According to the Constitution, “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.”

2)        Education

To develop beyond oil, we have to invest in our human capital. Every child must have access to quality education. If our teachers are not paid, how will we raise the next generation to lead the country and run our businesses?

3)        Health

Health is wealth. People die daily from lack of basic, affordable health care. We can definitely do better.

4)        Power

Government needs to make it easier to generate power at the state and local government level so everything is not tied to the center. We need electricity to be productive. The cost of generating our own power is crippling.

5)        Unemployment

Poor education plus a struggling economy means a lot of people are unemployed. Unemployed people are hungry and angry.

6)        High cost of living

Food, transportation, medicine, everything is 3 times, 4 times more expensive but our salaries haven’t increased. What do we do???

7)        Social Justice

According to the Constitution, “The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be a State based on the principles of democracy and social justice.”

There cannot be one set of rules for the poor and another set for the rich.

8)        Transparency

The best way to kill corruption is to increase transparency. Government finances and contracts must be open and available to all. Who got the money, to do what and by when?

9)        Cost of government

Our governance is TOO expensive – federal, state, local – cars, housing, allowances. We must reduce the cost of maintaining our public officials

10)     Patriotism

I stand with Nigeria. There is enough in Nigeria for all of us to “chop belleful”. Enough is enough. We must put Nigeria first and keep all the greedy & selfish people away from leadership.

Call to Action

Between now and Monday, February 6, I ask you to share via videos, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, SMS to 0902-355-5335. How are these issues affecting you? What are your daily struggles? How is it doing you? No matter what part of the world you are, I encourage you to share your stories. And join me on Monday in Surulere or online

Use any of the hashtags #IStandWith2Baba #IStandWithNigeria #OneVoiceNigeria on social media.

We will take all the reports and send them to our elected representatives as ONE VOICE of Nigerians across party, ethnic and religious lines – as they hear real people talk about real issues.

On Monday, February 6th, meet me at the National Stadium at 8AM and we’ll walk to the National Theatre – 2 national icons that epitomize our decline – as we state clearly and peacefully that #IStandWithNigeria and Nigeria must work for all of us and all of us must work for Nigeria.

Bukola Ogunyemi: Appraising Kaduna’s Smart Infrastructure Plan

Bukola Ogunyemi: Appraising Kaduna’s Smart Infrastructure Plan
Kaduna State knows that infrastructural development is a straightforward way to inject money into the economy and lay the foundation for long-term growth. This is why it has committed N108 billion of its 2016 budget to capital expenditure and will further commit N130 billion in 2017.
Already, 421 contracts have been awarded for renovation of public primary and secondary schools in the state. These renovations are complete with the provision of solar-powered bore holes and cubicle toilet blocks. The aim is to expand class sizes to the extent that they cater for school enrolment rates which have soared from about 1 million pupils in 2015 to 1.8 million currently.
In the same vein, the Dangote Group alongside the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have provided funding support to the Kaduna State Government for the renovation and equipping of 1 Primary Health Care centre in each of the 255 wards in the state. Imagine how much of the state’s health burden will be relieved if 255 PHC’s function optimally across the state.
The more attractive option for politicians is to initiate new projects at the expense of uncompleted ones inherited from previous administrations. The tragedy this poses is that the likelihood of leaving behind even more uncompleted projects becomes high.
Luckily, Kaduna’s present administration is not thinking this way. Early in his administration, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai contracted Bain and Company to review all inherited and ongoing capital projects in the state with a view to developing a prioritization mechanism for future ventures.  Among its truly shocking findings was the fact that N87.5 billion existed in outstanding contractual obligations. Examining the outstanding obligations further also revealed that most projects were awarded for the protection of political interests as opposed to the public interest.
In the years leading up to 2015, much of the state was without potable water. This will change in early 2018 when the N50 billion Zaria water facility is completed. Thanks to funders like the African Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank, the Zaria water project will supply 150 million litres of water daily and provide water coverage for 2.2 million people across 7 local government areas. Even for agriculture, the sludge generated from the water treatment process will be used as fertilizer.
In 2012 and 2014, construction on the project was disrupted when the contractors abandoned site due to the inability of the government to offset some N3.2 billion payment for completed and future works. Now, thanks to a deal brokered by the Governor and his team, the contractors will accept staggered payments of N300 million monthly until all outstandings on the project are cleared.
It is in making smart deals like these that the state raises the required funds for most of its infrastructural projects.
Already, the state government has begun a redesign of its entire transport infrastructure. With the support of the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF) and funds from the UK Department of International Development (DFID), a transport policy was launched in 2016, the policy will ensure accessible and reliable public transport service that meets the mobility needs of the state.
The Zaria road in Rigassa, the Rabah road and Kawo roads are very major entry, intra and exit ways for Kaduna State. Unfortunately, these roads have become peculiar traffic areas.
The State Government has responded to this by implementing measures that streamline traffic inclusive of dualizations, repairs to dilapidated roads and the introduction of a bus rapid transport (BRT). The BRT will have an exclusive lane such that it can operate even at times when traffic is the most congested.
Another smart deal will fund Kaduna’s road interventions. The state receives about N1.3 billion monthly from the Federal Government to augment the prices of the fall in crude prices, it has negotiated a retainer-ship with 12 contractors who continue to work specifically on roads for an agreed monthly instalment until their contract prices are offset.
Besides these efforts, a N10 billion proposal was included in its 2016 budget to construct a Metropolitan Rapid Rail Line. The line will run through the Millennium City to Rigassa and Mararaban Rido, Zaria expressway to Sabon-tasha, Mando and Nnamdi Azikwe expressway. Expressions of interest have been sent out and a prequalification carried out on 18 companies.
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai knows that infrastructure spending unlike any other form of government expenditure puts an economy firmly on the path of sustained progress. This is why his administration is committed to putting in place infrastructure that guarantees easier access to both education and health services, improved transportation systems that result in easy accessibility and an overall increment in the standard of living.

What It Means To Be Female In Nigeria – A Year In Review by Mary Olushoga

Nigeria has a long way to go when it comes to supporting women’s rights and gender equality. Religion and culture affects how women are treated in society. These factors often hinder progress. This year was especially challenging for women and girls around the world. The world’s remaining superpower, the United States of America failed to elect its first female president. However, there were strides in other areas. For instance, Ilhan Omar was elected the first Somali-American lawmaker in the United States.  In Nigeria to date, no woman has been elected governor, president, or vice-president.  2016 was just not the year for women and girls. Why?

The Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill was rejected. The Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill also known as the GEO Bill was voted against by Nigerian lawmakers. The bill sought to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and girls. It should come as no surprise why this bill is necessary and needed. On a daily basis, women and girls in Nigeria are discriminated against solely on the basis of their gender, whether on the job or in society at large. On December 9, 2016, the senate public hearing on the GEO Bill was cancelled for the lack of quorum. Nigerian lawmakers do not deem women’s rights and gender equality important, so not only did they vote against the GEO Bill, they also did not even show up to achieve a quorum on the day the Bill was to be discussed.

President Buhari’s Comment about Women. To date, President Buhari is yet to apologize for his comments in Germany where he relegated women’s role to the kitchen, the living room, and the other room. President Buhari’s inappropriate comments were made in the presence of Angela Merkel, the first female chancellor of Germany. Merkel is also recognized as one of the most prominent world leaders. His comments came three days after the International Day of the Girl Child. What impact does such statement have on women and girls in Africa considering that Buhari is the current President of the most populous country on the continent? It means that there is no public leadership role for women and girls in Nigeria. It means that women and girls are not respected or seen as equals.

Sexual harassment and assault in Nigeria’s Prisons. Data from The National Council of Women’s Society reveals that 90 percent of female prisoners are either pregnant or nursing mothers. The organization therefore urged the Nigerian government to implement and create policies that would protect female prisoners. Many of these prisoners are reported to be poorly educated, from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds and have some form of mental health problems. What can be done to protect this vulnerable group?

Terrorism in Internally Displaced Person Camps. On a daily basis, women and girls in internally displaced person (IDP) camps are raped and sexually exploited by security forces and vigilante groups. Many are drugged and coerced into having sex in exchange for food and other basic necessities.  The Human Rights Watch reports that Nigerian government officials and other authorities have raped and sexually exploited women and girls displaced by Boko Haram. We can agree that more needs to be done to protect women and girls to ensure that they have access to basic rights, necessities and services.

Continuous kidnappings of women and girls. Nnamdi Obasi, Senior Adviser at the International Crisis Group reported the kidnappings of about 35 women on December 12, 2016 by over 100 armed bandits in Matankari village, Maru local government area, Zamfara State, Nigeria. These kidnappings are one of many to have occurred in 2016 that either went unreported or were not given adequate media attention.

The National Soccer Team were not paid. When will the talents of women and girls in Nigeria be taken seriously and respected? After winning the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations, the biennial international football championship organized by the Confederation of African Football for the women national teams of Africa. Nigeria’s national women’s football team, also known as the Super Falcons, were not paid their allowance and other bonuses after winning the championship. The nonpayment of their allowance led to a protest at the Nigerian National Assembly (NASS) and the Presidential Villa for a little over 9 days. This peaceful protest was also followed by an outrage on social media from Nigerian citizens in support of the team. The team began protesting on December 6, 2016 and were recently paid after the government felt publicly humiliated by the media.

I posted this question on social media, was 2016 the year for Nigerian women and girls? Andrew Alli, President of the Africa Finance Corporation responded, “There has never been a year for Nigerian women and girls as far as I can figure. They are probably the most marginalized in the country.” Juliet Kego Ume-Onyindo, engineer and leadership coach stated, “In some key areas we saw gains. There has been more focus on Girl-Child education especially in the North East. Advocacy continues for us all.”

My hopes for the coming year. As 2017 approaches, I hope that Nigeria and other African countries will work hard to implement and take seriously the UN Sustainable Development Goals. I hope that Nigerian lawmakers will do what is right and pass the gender equality bill. I hope that Nigeria will ensure equal rights for all, protect and provide security for women and girls. I hope that the Nigerian society will understand that women have an enormous role to play in Nigeria’s economic development progress and growth. I hope that Nigerian women will fight for their right and take what is rightly theirs to take. Women’s rights are indeed human rights.


Here are 14 Organizations Changing the Lives of Women and Girls in Nigeria. Feel free to add to the list: mary [at]


FIFA Again Gives Lazio More Time To Address Wage Dispute With Nigerian International Ogenyi Onazi

World football governing body, FIFA, has yet again given Italian Serie A club SS Lazio more time to respond to the wage dispute brought before it by Nigerian international Ogenyi Onazi.

The 23 year old midfileder left Lazio for Turkish side Trabzonspor in August but alleges the Italian club owe him two months wages before the transfer. Lazio however failed to respond to email, fax and telephone calls by Onazi’s representatives over the issue. This prompted the Super Eagles player to approach FIFA for dispute resolution.

Lazio was given until November 29 to respond to Onazi’s claims but the Italian side failed to do so and instead asked for a 20-day extension to FIFA’s deadline, claiming they are struggling to translate written letters from Italian to English even though such process should take only a few days.

In the latest twist, FIFA has again granted Lazio an extended time to state their case after club sent partially illegible documents to the football governing body. Lazio now has until 11th January 2017 to turn in all documents on the issue after which a decision shall be taken by FIFA.

Onazi spent five years at Lazio, scoring seven goals in 110 appearances before his transfer in August.

Mohammed Abubakar: Overhauling Public Service Delivery: The El-Rufai Example

Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai knows that he has a responsibility to deliver on the hopes the Kaduna people demonstrated in him when they helped him clinch a landslide victory in the 2015 Gubernatorial Elections, and from all indications, this is an obligation he is taking really seriously.

In furtherance of this responsibility, he is currently focusing mainly on improving service delivery, ensuring sustainable infrastructure development and protecting the lives and property of Kaduna State’s citizens. His unrelenting efforts and commitment are important especially in contrast to the status quo in Nigerian politics, wherein politicians typically fall short of delivering and even renege on their most basic obligations. A trend which continues to undermine whatever modest successes the country, and its nascent democracy make. This is why it is refreshing to learn of states like Kaduna which seek implement reform with deliberate policies that achieve all of the above.

In creating an analytical framework that provides for the achievement of the above, the state has adopted a three pronged approach which includes Attitudinal Reorientation leading to cost reductions, Local Government Administration Reforms, and a Public Service Renewal and revitalization Project.

The attitudinal reforms have begun with the creation of an environment where every citizen is encouraged to thrive through the creation of equal opportunities and the restoration of law and order. While viable jobs are being created, the state is also focusing on the reasons why people break laws with a view to fixing these reasons before empowering State Institutions like the Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Law Enforcement Agency (KASTELEA) to enforce strict penalties on Citizens who break these laws. The KASTELEA itself is a model for job creation and has created 2550 jobs for environmental and traffic marshals.

As a show of its commitment to cost reductions, the cuts rightly started with the Kaduna State Government House immediately the current administration was sworn in. Running costs for the Government house as projected by the Mukhtar Ramalan Yero led government for 2015 alone was about N2.7bn, however this was reduced to N684m by the current administration in 2016 just over a quarter of the previous administrations budget. In the same vein, various worker verification exercises embarked on by the administration have resulted in savings of up to N500m monthly due to the establishment of an updated personnel and payroll register, this register has eradicated the payment of ghost workers. In addition, contract re-negotiations on the Kawo–Lugard Hall BRT road has led to a reduction of about N1bn in contract cost that the Kaduna State Government no longer has to bear. All these efforts ensure that more funds are available and can be channeled towards people-oriented projects.

Considering that Local Governments are the closest structure of Governance to the grassroots, Kaduna has begun a review and amendment process of all laws guiding Local Government Administration (LGA) in the state. The aim is to reposition them such that they proffer solutions to localized problems and provide vital support to communities.  A major impediment to their independence and operation has been in the control of their finances by the state and in a bid to get them to function effectively, the El-Rufai led administration as one of its foremost policy pronouncements agreed to full financial autonomy for the LGA’s. Kaduna is ensuring that LGA’s control their expenditure and capital projections while encouraging them to adopt cost efficient measures similar to the ones already adopted by the State. And to ensure that this autonomy translates to capital development, a provision has been made in the law for the expenditure of at least 60% of all net revenues on Capital Development.

Above and beyond these measures, the state continues to support those who fall short. For instance, Primary Health Care workers have been moved from the LGA payroll to the State Payroll. Having freed up funds through the above interventions, the state Government will also task the LGAs with more responsibility including Forest Management, Agriculture and even Waste Management.

The will to strengthen the Kaduna State Public Service to position it as a vital organ capable of assisting the Government to meet both its vision for Kaduna State, and contribute to sustainable infrastructural development and service delivery is at the center of the State’s Public Service Revitalization and Renewal project. The project will among other things de-age the service with an aim to ensure that young people between the ages of 22-35 years constitute a minimum 30% of the Public Service before 2018. This will be done by undertaking massive recruitment drives at NYSC camps to ensure young talents are engaged early and improving working conditions to make the civil service more attractive to young people etc. The revitalization project will also include the creation of a database of Kaduna’s unemployed population with an aim to match their skills with relevant job openings both in the private and public sectors, and it will review remuneration with a view to scaling it upwards so that wages and salaries can guarantee a basic living in these current times.

The main focus of the Project is a general renewal of the service that includes improving skills match through transfers and training, cutting manning level overloads where such exist so that the system is more efficient, employment creation and adopting reward approaches that lead to improved remuneration.

In the end, what Kaduna needs is lasting and sustainable change that outlasts individual administrations. The current administration is committed to this effort; to create systems and policies that are effective now but also lead to lasting, transgenerational change. To get where we need to go as a nation, we need to fix the one institution that is the most effective means of taking us there; the government. Our focus should therefore be on making government function more efficiently. And through the reform efforts instituted under the El Rufai led administration, Kaduna is increasingly poised to do so.

NDDC Scholarship: The Typification Of Nigeria’s Chaotic Downtrend

The Niger Delta Development Commission in May, 2016 called for a Computer Based Test of all intending scholars by text message who wished to pursue their Masters and Doctorate degrees abroad – with an official release of this list of successful candidates of the Computer based test published on the NDDC website much later in July.
In June 2016, before the list of successful candidates in the computer based test was even published online; interviews were conducted for the successful candidates who were contacted by text messages. As at the 21st of September 2016, the finalized list of successful candidates had not yet been released.
90% of students applied to UK schools which are scheduled to resume between the second week in September to October 2016 with most enrolment deadlines in October.
As we speak to date; we are yet to receive news from NDDC.
Here are a few details:
1.  The NDDC did not communicate the reasons for this delay. All efforts to get a response from the authorities have proved abortive.
2. There are rumors that the successful scholars list is being tampered with.
3. Many have already lost their admissions.
4. Many are unable to defer as most Uk schools only have September Intakes; meanwhile the Nddc scholarship is only Valid for a limited time from when issued. Thus are on the verge of loosing their admissions.
5. The Visa process alone takes about a month
6. The 2015/2016 set of scholars had to write several letters and stage protests before their allowances were finally paid without a public apology. Their videos can be found on YouTube.
7. The future of the  brightest minds from the oil producing states is being mortgaged for the benefits of a few.
8. The lack of integrity and structure is laughable. Other scholarship bodies like PTDF have duly finalized details with their intending scholars who are now; this moment already abroad settling properly into school.
9. This chaotic manner of governance has been said to be the order of the day, a bitter pill which we must swallow since “we are not the only set to face this”.
We write to say that this is unacceptable and that the scholars who have made it to the final stage and the youth of the Niger Delta Area demand a response from the commission and delivery of their promise to serve the people in truth and integrity.
We demand the following:
1. A public statement and apology indicating why the list has been delayed for so long.
2. A swift release of the award list and letters so that September scholars can proceed to obtain Visas and resume school salvaging the admissions left.
3. A swift release of the full monies for tuition and upkeep immediately to the schools and students upon arrival in order not to repeat the evils and delays as in the previous sets who received their monies some 8months after arrival.
We are aware that given NDDCs past record with the scholars and youth of this scheme, these claims may be denied, refused and sought to be stifled..snuffed out from the public eye with grandiose arguments lacking simple evidence.
My dear citizens; what may we gain by  concocting such stories?…absolutely nothing. But there is much selfish gain on the other side after all they fight for no cause and stand to gain immensely from fixed accounts gathering interest on the monies and necks of the helpless.
The citizens are greater than the elected. Let us speak up. Let us share this across all platforms.
There is hope.
Signed on behalf of
NDDC (Niger Delta Development Committee) Prospective Scholars.

#NES22: Experts Set Agenda For 22nd Nigerian Economic Summit

#NES22: Reviving Nigeria’s EconomyExperts set agenda for 22nd Nigerian Economic Summit

In the midst of what some analysts describe as the worst economic downturn in decades, Nigerians have spared no effort in making known their discomfort and disappointment at the present economic realities. The grave misdeed of too much dependence on sale of crude oil for revenue generation cannot be overemphasized, this is why, when oil prices fell from more than $100 a barrel to about $40, the naira lost more than a third of its value and is still falling.
For the foreseeable future, signs abound that the price of oil will remain low, not only because of oversupply in the market but also as a result of several other indices, green technology is catching up both in cost and efficiency, also manufacturing, ICT, agriculture and other viable alternatives to oil are been embraced around the world as part of efforts to create a stable economy in order to withstand global uncertainty.
As a huge consumption economy, Nigeria is definitely paying a costly price of been unable to feed itself, resulting in undesirable economic growth, dwindling foreign reserves, stress in balance of payment and a constant mounting pressure on local currency exchange rate relative to major currencies. Commendably, discussions on diversification have been held at virtually all economic and business sessions in the last few years, with many conclusions on the need to consciously adopt the change in Nigeria alternative.
Speaking on the need to embrace the made in Nigeria initiative, Erudite economics scholar, Professor Gafar Ijaiya of the department of economics, University of Ilorin, describe the made in Nigeria initiative as long overdue, expressing that Nigeria enjoyed a rich and vibrant economy during the early days of deliberate localization “in the decades following Nigeria’s independence in 1960, before we fell into the trap of overdependence on oil, we had very vibrant industries that were producing for our local consumption, The manufacturing sector helped to stabilize the nation’s economic development in terms of employment, export and agriculture which serves as source of foreign exchange earnings, however, when the oil boom came, we abandoned all that worked for us and gave undue concentration to oil which contributed to the present economic realities”
Calling on delegates at the forth coming NESG 2016 summit to provide valuable recommendations that will lead the country in the right way out of the present economic recession, Ijaiya maintained that local production and consumption is a must for any economy facing recession “Any economy that wants to survive a recession must learn the strict culture of self-sufficiency, particularly as it concerns moribund industries, strengthening the agricultural sector and even empowering ICT, we must go back to the drawing board and embrace the spirit of growing, producing and buying our own if we are to experience success from the change agenda of the present administration”.
Interestingly, the 2016 and 22nd Nigerian Economic Summit has, as its theme, “Made in Nigeria” and experts are looking forward to leading discussions that will inform the structural and fiscal changes required to strengthen the Nigerian Economy, Setting an Agenda for the summit, Foremost business consultant, financial analyst and columnist Opeyemi Agbaje, CEO, RTC Advisory Services Limited,. Commended the choice of this year’s theme, describing it as a step in the right direction as long as the sentiments are objectively articulated.
Opeyemi Observed that the country still needs to work on getting its policies right “For me, we still have to get our policies right, for example there should be discussions about attracting investors, which I would love to see addressed at the summit, secondly the foreign exchange conundrum needs to be fine-tuned.
“We have spoken extensively on oil dependence, but I say that, Nigeria’s economy is diversified, since the contribution of the oil sector is reducing drastically as we have seen non-oil sector make significant contributions to the country’s GDP. However, made in Made in Nigeria for me means a very strong domestic Non-oil sector, which comprises agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, education and other industries in Nigeria, exporting to the world, so in the end, we don’t just stop import, but we ensure to sell our made in Nigeria product, services and ideas to the world” He concluded.
As the nation awaits recommendations from the 22nd Nigerian Economic Summit, in the approaching weeks, the made in Nigeria agenda will ultimately guide discussions and the overall direction of the summit especially at this time of pronounced economic recession. The production and consumption of made in Nigeria goods and services will progressively help in maintaining a trade balance between imports and exports, conserve and even add to our foreign reserves while reducing the pressure on the naira to other currencies, above all a wholehearted support of the made in Nigeria drive, will help to achieve self-sufficiency.

Dear Tunji Abayomi, I Have the Right To Choose Who To Support, By Bola Ahmed Tinubu

My Dear Tunji Abayomi,

It is said that to err is human. By your letter to me, it seems that you seek to remind me that I am human. Of this I am constantly reminded. I know I have made my share of mistakes. But my progressive inclination remains firmly rooted. However, by your pained and inaccurate letter, you have proven that you are human too.

You have been a friend and will continue to be. Thus, I can dispense with needless formality so that we can get to the crux of the issue. Your career is that of a lawyer and a activist. I appreciate all that you have done in the pursuit of a more just and democratic Nigeria. However, your letter to me is an impetuous display unbecoming of a man of your status and a man seeking the highest leadership position in his state. And as a lawyer you well know that one cannot seek equity without having done equity.

In writing the letter, you appear to have been bitten by a bug that often blinds the objectivity of a man. You have been bitten by an ambition that you fear you shall not be able to realise. In your pursuit of office, you have sought my support and influence. When you sought that support, you thought it proper and democratic to do so. If I had signalled my support for you, I am sure that you would never have written this letter alleging that I was undermining the democratic will of the people. You would have been pleased with me, I suppose.

But here I want to give you and others a clear assurance that you may rest more at ease. I reserve the right to support any candidate I wish because no one has the right to take this away from me. However, I will also do everything in my power to ensure the primaries are free and fair and that there will be no undue influence on the process.

However, because that support has not been forthcoming, you fear that the support you wanted may now go to a rival candidate. In your judgment, my support for you would have been democratic. Should I support another, then that same support is now to be considered dictatorial and unfair. Frankly, dear friend, I do not see the objectivity in your analysis or the merit in what you claim as your injury. If you seek a person’s support, you cannot in good conscience turn around and object that such support should never be given to another person. Your position is more undemocratic and unfair than what you accuse me of. Your words attack me for being undemocratic when in reality your heart attacks me for not giving you what you want.

I have participated in elections for decades for myself and others. Some have been won. Some lost. Never, however, have I asked a friend for support then condemned him or her for giving the very support I sought of them to another person. To do so is not to stand on principle but on bruised pride.

You said I seek to deny your democratic right. It is you who seeks to grab mine. If not mistaken, I believe I am a member of the APC. I have a right and duty to support the candidate who I believe will best represent the party. What your letter is really saying is that if I don’t support you I should keep my mouth shut. You complain of a purported meeting I had to discuss the coming primary in Ondo. Do you deny me and other APC members now the right to assembly and to talk? Had you heard that the meeting anointed you, I doubt you would have written the first word of the letter you sent to me.

But here I want to give you and others a clear assurance that you may rest more at ease. I reserve the right to support any candidate I wish because no one has the right to take this away from me. However, I will also do everything in my power to ensure the primaries are free and fair and that there will be no undue influence on the process. The candidate who can garner the most support and votes will win. Since its inception, the APC has run the cleanest and most transparent primaries in the history of this nation. The just concluded primary in Edo State is further evidence of this. My dear friend, I leave you free to run and win the primary. If you do, I shall congratulate you and support you in the general election. However, you must respect my rights as well and leave me to my own conscience to support who I wish to support. And to show interest in whom I wish.

I am a democrat. I am ready too for the chips to fall where they may after an open and fair primary election in Ondo State. Instead of welcoming this, it appears you are afraid of it. Instead of fighting me who is but one man with no vote, you should be fighting for votes and support. Your letter to me was woefully misplaced and inappropriate.

I also need to correct what appears to be a mistaken impression on your part about the 2015 election. Your letter seems to indicate that it was on your advice that I backed President Buhari. You assume too much credit and should be more guarded in your assertions. As a veteran in the political arena, I do not make important decisions lightly. I make final political decisions and calculations on my own after deep reflections and consultation with many people, and from many perspectives. I can assure you, dear friend, that I trust my own political counsel more than yours and that I have numerous other advisors whose advice I weigh more than yours. After all, had you so much influence over me in the presidential election, it would mean you surely should have greater influence over me when it comes to the primary in your state.

I do appreciate your passion and concern for the welfare of the people. Yet, you are not the only one who feels this. The love of the people is not exclusive to you, Tunji. My entire life has been devoted to the betterment of the people and of this nation. Lagos is a much better place because of what we have tried to do and I pray that it will be better still. Many worked hard and long and sacrificed much, even more than you, to bring in the new federal government. We did not do this as sport but to improve the lives of the people. You need not lecture me about the plight of the people. Their right to a better life is what motivates me. I do not doubt your love for the people and this nation. Yet, you have no right to doubt mine for you do not love this people and this place more than I do. Of that, I can assure you.

I am a democrat. I am ready too for the chips to fall where they may after an open and fair primary election in Ondo State. Instead of welcoming this, it appears you are afraid of it. Instead of fighting me who is but one man with no vote, you should be fighting for votes and support. Your letter to me was woefully misplaced and inappropriate. Still, I wish you the best and may democracy and the people’s will prevail above all else.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu is National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Tell Dogara To Resign Now, Jibrin Writes APC, Names Omisore In Budget Padding Scandal

Chief John Odigie Oyegun

The National Chairman

All Peoples Congress APC

National Secretariat

Wuse II



Dear Sir





I write to the leadership of our party, the various organs and chapters of the party, elected and appointed officials of our party, supporters, well-wishers and members of our party in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large through your good office, the Chairman of our great party.



I write you this letter for four very important reasons:



  1. To apologise and seek forgiveness of the party for the role I played in the election of the extremely corrupt Speaker Yakubu Dogara!
  2. To give a background of the current crisis as a result of the allegations I raised against Speaker and the 12 other corrupt members.
  3. To furnish you with the details of the allegations against Mr Speaker and the 12 others and
  4. To provide urgent recommendation on the way forward before this crisis cause irreparable damage of our great party.






Mr Chairman, you will recall the crisis during and after the election of Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun and Whip Alhassan Doguwa. You will also recall the leading role I played in bringing these 3 Principal Officers on board. I recollect with deep regret and pains and can still hear the eco of your voice in the make or mar meeting at the ICC shouting “sit down Jibrin, sit down Jibrin, Jibrin sit down” ” you dare not walk out of this hall Jibrin”! Sen Lawali Shuaibu watched helplessly with the box of ballot meant for the mock elections as I forced myself up, stood my grounds, made my points, held the hands of Yakubu Dagara, a green snake under green grass, and pulled him out of the hall. You saw what I didn’t see. A validation of the saying that ” what an old man can see, a young man cannot even if he climbs a tree” worst, an old man of over 7 decades. The rest is history.


The role I played to the best of my conscience at then sir was patriotic. I analysed the 2 candidates and felt Speaker Dogara has a better temperament to make a good Speaker. It was a narrow line of thinking, an error of judgement. It took only few weeks after the election for me to realize the corrupt and dangerous man inside the skin of Speaker Dogara. That was when I started getting reports of his corrupt practices for many years in the House undetected. I fell apart with Speaker Dogara instantly. Contrary to public belief, we have never been close since few weeks after he emerged Speaker.



We practically disagreed on almost everything. From the appointment of Committee Chairmen, to splitting of Committees, to non-disclosure of the finances of the House, to his greed of unifying everything under his control, commercialization of bills, divisive approach across ethnic and religious line, arrogance and power drunk, corruption and fraud during the budget period among many others. But who will I tell or run to having played such a leading role in bringing him on board. It was a painful, frustrating and depressing period for me. He operates alone, keep weird relationships with top politicians. His godfather is Sen Iyiola Omisore. Speaker Dogara is of the habit of taking standing Committee Chairmen to swear oath of allegiance before Omisore. During the build up to the appointment of committee Chairmen I had a terrible disagreement with him. I stayed far away from him. I was in London when he insisted he wants to see me. He came to my hotel room and we talked for hours. I gave him a lot of advice but I never knew it was getting in from one ears and out from the other. He was more interested in telling me about the forces who didn’t want me to be appointed Chairman appropriation as if I cared. He mentioned Former Speaker and present Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as one. That is how narrow minded Dogara can be.



I have always maintained to him that being Chairman appropriation is not in any way a favour to me. I dashed him money, he thanked me and left. The following day, he pleaded to me to join him at a house in London. I went and I saw him seated very comfortably with Sen Omisore. It was there he said he was going to appoint me Chairman appropriation and I should be reporting to Omisore! I was completely shocked. A nice lunch was served, we ate and we left. At least there are CCTV in London. I confided in a highly placed person who I wouldn’t want to mention his name. He advised me to remain calm and concentrate on my job. My refusal to comply with such questionable instructions largely accounted for the anger of Mr Speaker towards me. It was much later that I realized that Sen Omisore had adopted Speaker Dogara as a god son since their days as Chairman appropriation and house services in the 6th Assembly respectively. Studying Speaker Dogara in the last one year and many things I know that it may not be proper to mention here, he does not wish the APC well, he is a cheap pretender, he is not loyal to the party and he will provide a solid platform for a massive attack against our party in the nearer future. I know what I am talking about.



In a nutshell, it will be dangerous and potentially disastrous for the party to keep Speaker Yakubu Dogara on that seat. I wish to state that I deeply regret the role I played in the emergence of Yakubu Dogara as Speaker. I seek the understanding and forgiveness from you, our leaders and every member of the APC family that was hurt by my action. Thank God Almighty, I am young and energetic. I will be 40 on September 9th. I promise that moving forward, I will dedicate and completely commit myself to achieving the goals set out by the party. This case should serve as a lesson for everyone in the future.






Mr Chairman sir, let me reemphasize that I did nothing wrong. I committed no offense. I have never abused my office or corruptly enriched myself in the 5years I have spent in the House. No one has ever accused me of corruption in the House until lately after I raised allegations against Speaker Dogara, corruption started fighting back. They starting bringing up baseless allegations. I am pretty sure the anti-corruption agencies will do their job and all our party men and women will know the truth at the end of the day. My offense has been my refusal to be used as conduit to facilitate free flow of corruption in the House of Representatives I came under severe pressure during the budget period to break procedures and commit fraudulent actions. When they could not use me, the Speaker connived with few committee chairmen and they opened a bazaar of corrupt insertions into the budget. I complained to the Speaker but he took no action only for me to discover later that he, his deputy, Whip and Minority Leader were indeed the ring Leaders of that corrupt cabal in the House. All they wanted was to do away with me considered the obstacle. The Speaker and the 3 others were in the tick of the plot. The only time they call on me is when they need someone on television. I was blackmailed that it is my job as Appropriation Committee Chairman to defend everything about the budget whether I agree with it or not.



I did my work as appropriation committee chairman diligently. I followed all the laws and procedures. I have all the documents and video recordings of proceedings intact. Problem started when the President returned the budget. I was invited to a meeting of body of Principal officers. The speaker shamelessly denied he knew anything about the insertions. He knew very well that he and the 3 other Principal Officers connived with some Committee Chairmen to commit the fraud. By then, I could not take the pressure anymore from Nigerians who thought I wrote the budget alone while the Speaker, the 3 other Principal Officers and the Committee chairmen involved wickedly kept quiet.  I told the meeting clearly that they were the culprit. The meeting became very tensed to a point where Lasun and Ogar wanted to exchange blows with me. I maintained my calm and to the God Almighty that I worship, apologized to them. I was overwhelmed but I knew I cannot continue to cover up anything again. It was at that meeting that they requested me not to tell my colleagues at the executive session that the 4 of them stole 40billion out of the 100 billion meant for constituency projects. I told them clearly I cannot.



We then moved into the executive session. Members were very angry with me. They have every reason to because they don’t have full information of what transpired. I was called upon to address the session. I prayed quietly and stepped forward. They asked me about cuts in their budgets, the Speaker knew the answer and kept quiet, they asked about the insertions, all the culprits were seated there but the Speaker kept quiet, they asked about their missing 40billion, the Speaker kept quiet. At that point, I told them that the Speaker and the 3 other Principal Officers took the money and shared it to themselves and few others. The session went ballistic! I was scared to say more than that. After that meeting, the Speaker and the 3 others became even more angry with me. They were determined to embarrass and disgrace me using every means possible. They just wanted me out of out of the job. They quickly in an arrangement alien to parliamentary practice set up a harmonization committee and appointed one of them the Deputy Speaker Lasun Chairman to send a message to all members and the public that there is no more confidence in me and I am the culprit and provide a more comfortable avenue to continue their fraud and poisonous insertion in the budget. Deputy Speaker Lasun did a great job. He indeed FANTASTICALLY loaded the budget with poisonous insertions for the QUARTET aided and abetted by the Speaker.



In protest that my secretariat was taken away from me on two occasions for such insertions to be made on the instruction of Speaker Dogara, I refused to sign the harmonized version until a compromise was brokered by Sen Danjuma Goje that the Deputy Speaker who headed the harmonization should also sign. At the budget was signed into law the QUARTET resumed their hunting game for Hon Jibrin. They went everywhere in search of something to nail me, they couldn’t find any. They were frustrated but remained desperate. At that point, I was already fed up but I was sure I will stand up to them and expose them. The immunity debate gave me a chance to prove to them that enough is enough. At that point, I had made up my mind to leave. The whole environment was filthy. The smell of corruption was all over Speaker Dogara. Everybody knows he and his gang of few other members like Hon Herma Hembe was very corrupt front, back, left, right and center. He isolated himself with a very few small minded rogues in the House. I informed the Speaker on three occasions but he always replied me that I will call you later so we can discuss. On Wednesday the 20th July I went up to him and told him I will announce my resignation if he doesn’t. He still said to me lets meet at 10pm in the night. They just wanted to ensure I am disgraced out of office.



He went on at the end of the session and announced that I have resigned but they have taken a decision already to sack me on allegation of offenses regarding the 2016 budget. A budget they and me know too well they are the culprits. I had to respond for so many reasons. It provided me an apple opportunity to open up on the mess they perpetrated in the budget and corruption in the House in order to force reforms that will restore the battered image of the House.



Mr Chairman, believe me or not, this is what I have always wished and prayed for an opportunity to do.  Secondly, it is important to say my side of the story so that Nigerians will know I committed no offense. I was worried of my image. I have a family and children. The best I can bequeath to them is a good name. I therefore set out and released dozens of allegations against the Speaker and 12 others. Until date they have not responded to any of the allegations. In contrast, I have responded to all the allegations they raised against me which largely bothered on immaturity, betrayal and so on. My responses are in the public glare.



I proceeded to submit petitions based on the allegations to the EFCC, ICPC, DSS and the NPF for investigation and prosecution. While I have attended several meetings with these agencies to give insight on the allegations, provide documents and codes on how to crack these kind of corrupt cases and others in the House, they on the other hand continue to evade the anti-corruption agencies. They have used the period to intensify lobby for a safe landing in high places, hurriedly clean up the mess on their desk, shared money to some members for signature of confidence vote, offered incentives of committees to the Transparency and Integrity groups, embarked on an expensive media campaign to launder the image of the Speaker and attack my person and worst of all  attempt to black mail the executive, senate and highly placed individuals with the cheap lies that the padding allegations, if dealt with decisively will bring down the whole country. What a blackmail on the entire country!



When Mr Speaker and his cohorts realized that I was out for a real show, haven submitted my petition and documents to the anti-graft agencies which clearly shows my innocence and them as the culprits in the whole budget issues, he made a disgraceful about turn. He announced to the whole world that padding is not an offense. Few days later, he boasted that the anti-graft agencies have no power to investigate or prosecute him that is why he has shun all their invitations. There was uproar all over the country against Speaker Dogara. Yet, in another shameful and disgraceful turnabout, he said in a statement yesterday that he was misunderstood, indeed! And added that no money was lost during the appropriation exercise. But at the same time all of these offenses the accused is Hon Jibrin. What a shame!



The same Speaker who claimed he “sacked” me for budget offenses. Mr Chairman, all the statements of Mr Speaker during in the last few days have clearly proved my innocence. I have decided to find appropriate constitutional and legal means to get the Speaker and his co travellers to account for the damage to my name and person and trouble he has caused me and my family. Yes, he has the powers to remove a committee chairman but it must be done with a huge sense of justice, fairness and responsibility. The Speaker also claimed at the Civil Society Dialogue that we did lot of good work in the budget. Why did it take him this long to come out and admit? Simple, it was myself and Goje that sorted out all that. He knew nothing about the efforts we made in that regards but shamelessly he wants to claim it. Mr Chairman, I have taken my time to explain this so that you will get a proper context to this crisis. Let me reiterate that padding is an offense. Padding can be tried under Nigerian laws. The Speaker can be investigated and prosecuted.  Contrary to the claims of Mr Speaker, I can prove how money has been lost indirectly by government through padding.



I have pledged maximum cooperation to the anti-corruption agencies and I will provide them with guide and assistance on how to unravel all these crime and theft against Nigerians. For instance, let’s say an item in a budget proposed by the executive under Power for the purchase of a transformer cost N2million and same amount was budgeted. If the Chairman House Committee on power because he has the “powers” to appropriate decides to add N3million naira to jack up the allocation to 5million naira when it is a public knowledge that the transformer cannot cost more than 2million naira, what do you call that? That essentially means APPROPRIATION FRAUD! And such chairman is a FRAUDSTER, a common criminal. On the other hand, let’s say he decides to irrationally reduce the amount to 500,000 thousand naira knowing fully well that, the said amount cannot buy the transformer, what do you call that? APPROPRIATION SABOTAGE and such a chairman is a SABOTEUR. And let’s say he just decided to take the entire 2million naira away, the question is where has he taken it to? Let’s follow up, we might discover something shocking. I have no apology for saying this! Little by little, I will be providing more in-depth details.






Mr Chairman, I have decided to capture properly the allegations I levelled against the Speaker and 12 others so that you will under the gravity of the matter at hand and also understand that the allegations are beyond budget issues and includes tens of other criminal allegations that cannot be swept under the carpet against the following:



  1. SpeakerYakubu Dogara
  2. Deputy Speaker YusufLasun
  3. House Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa
  4. Minority Leader LeoOgor
  5. Hon Herma Hembe
  6. Hon Mohammed Bago
  7. Hon Zakari Mohammed
  8. Hon Chike Okafor
  9. Hon Dan Asuquo
  10. Hon Jagaba Adams Jagaba
  11. Hon Haliru Jika
  12. Hon Babanle Ila
  13. Hon Abonta Abonta



Speaker Yakubu Dogara and the three others fraudulently short-changed the House of Representatives and abused their offices by unilaterally taking away 40 Billion Naira out of the 100 Billion Naira allocated for constituency projects and distributing same to themselves and the trio of Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun, House Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor and others without the approval of the House.



Speaker Yakubu Dogara approached me with personal requests of about 30 Billion Naira to be inserted into the 2016 budget my refusal to get that done caused a major rift between them which has escalated beyond measure.



Speaker Dogara acting in concert with the aforenamed trio and as against my advice inserted wasteful projects for their constituencies worth about 20 Billion Naira.



I also complained to Speaker Dogara that the Chairmen of about 10 out of the 96 standing committees of the House have inserted over 2000 projects worth about 284 Billion Naira but his complaint was ignored because the Speaker was acting in cahoots with them.



That in a bid to ensure that his nefarious intentions are met, the Speaker took away the appropriations committee secretariat on two occasions where several insertions were made into the budget and this created avoidable tension during the budget process.



The Speaker also gave directions to create a strange line item in the service wide vote to allow for a 20 Billion Naira insertion into the budget under the name of National Assembly but I refused to accede to this request.



The Speaker fraudulently diverted a Federal Government water project to his farm in Nasarawa State and the source of funding for the farm remain questionable.




The Speaker also made a fraudulent arrangement to deduct monthly from money meant for members’ office running cost to fund a so called dubious mortgage arrangement.



The Speaker abused his office by directing an agency to grant loans and also arrange frequent private meetings with heads of MDA’s in a clear case of corruption and conflict of interest.



The Speaker acting in collusion with the above named trio allocated to themselves the entire 20% inputs reserved for the House of Representatives after the harmonization exercise.


The Speaker fraudulently collected undisclosed millions of Naira in a scam arrangement for the rent of houses and guest houses acting in collusion with Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun and Hon. Herman Hembe. It is a matter of public knowledge in the House that Lasun had openly accused Hembe to have carted away will some millions from the illicit money.



The Speaker has ordered that all the computers in the appropriation secretariat be shut down and moved to his office whilst the secretariat staff are being harassed to keep quiet and suppress facts relating to the entire budget and there has been attempts by agents of the speaker to burgle our client’s office to steal vital documents.



The Speaker also allowed several wasteful procurement of needless items, including ones that are already in the offices of members as a ploy to siphon funds of the House.



The Speaker has despite several protest from members continue to run the management of finances of the House and its budget in absolute secrecy in the face of several allegations of sharp practices.



The Speaker was involved in money laundry cases in the House and was the architect of the fraudulent multi-billion naira car purchase contract when he was Chairman House services committee.



And allegations of harassment and attempt to kidnap or kill me by Speaker Dogara and his corrupt gang.



He is using his office as Speaker to sabotage investigation.



1.Honourable Herma Hembe: 

Honourable Herman Hembe is the member representing Vandeikya/Konshis haFederal Constituency of Benue State and also the Chairman of the House Committee on the Federal Capital Territory. Honourable Hembe lives way above his means from funds. Apart from being adept at misappropriation, He has plenty questions to answer for movement of massive amount of money in the Federal Capital Territory budget.



2. Honourable Umar Mohammed Bago:

Hon Umar Mohammed Bago is the member representing Chanchanga Federal Constituency of Niger State and also the Chairman of the House Committee on marine transport. the fraudulent investigative hearing organized by Hon Umar Mohammed Bago with support of Speaker Yakubu Dogara wherein he invited about 1000 companies as a conduit to extort money. The source of money used to fund the investigative hearing has remained a mystery.



  1. Honourable Zakari Mohammed:  

Honourable Zakari Mohammed represents Baruten/ Kaiama Federal Constituency of Kwara State and also the Chairman House Committee on higher education. He made a complete mess of the higher education committee budget through massive movements of funds and hundreds of insertions. to investigate allegations of bribery against him and Speaker Yakubu Dogara over roles they played in the NNPC crude oil SWAP investigation.



4. Honourable Chike Okafor:

Honourable Chike Okafor is the member representing Ehime Mbano/ Obowo/ Ihitte of Imo State and also the Chairman House committee on health. To investigate Honourable Chike Okafor for being involved in and responsible for the movement of colossal amounts of money in the Health Committee budget.



  1. Honourable Dan Asuquo:

Honourable Dan Asuquo represents Akamkpa/Biase Federal Constituency of Cross Rivers State and also the Chairman of the House Committee on Power. To investigate his involvement in and responsibility for the movement of massive amounts of money in the Power budget.



6. Honourable Jagaba Adams Jagaba

Honourable Jagaba Adam is the member representing Kachia/Kagarko Federal Constituency of Kaduna State and also the Chairman House committee on Power. To investigate his movement of massive amounts of money in the interior budget.



  1. Honourable Haliru Jika 

Honourable Haliru Jika represents Darazo/Gunjuwa Federal Constituency of Bauchi State and is also the Chairman of the House Committee on Police Affairs. To investigate his movement of massive amounts of money into the Police budget.



8 Honourable Babanle Ila

Hon Babanle Ila represent Tarauni Federal Constituency of Kano state and is also the Chairman House services committee. To investigate thoroughly the wasteful contracts awarded under his and the Speakers watch in other to justify spending and non-disclosure of the finances of the house.



9 Honourable Abonta Abonta

He is the Chairman House committee on public petition. To investigate allegation of embezzlement, misuse and misappropriation of millions of naira meant for the running of his office.



Just to bring you up to date Sir,  I have forwarded to the anti-corruption agencies documents showing how Speaker Dogara and the 3 others allocated the 40billion naira they stole from 100billion for constituency project, how they inserted about 20billion naira of wasteful projects, how they cornered the entire 20% of inputs reserved for the House after the harmonization exercise, attempts to force in about 30billion naira of wasteful projects into the budget, attempt to force me to introduce a strange line item and insert about 20billion naira in the service wide vote using the name of  NASS, evidence showing that indeed about 10 standing committees of the house made about 2000 insertions in  budget worth about 284billion naira  and indeed reports of 6 standing committees showing massive movement of money with clear intent to commit fraud.



I have also commenced providing the anti-corruption agencies clue on how investigative hearings in the house under Speaker Dogara are used as conduit pipes to carry out massive corruption and how the house services committee chairman and the Speaker runs and spend money meant for the House in absolute secrecy. I will continue to cooperate with the anti-corruption agencies and guide them on how to crack the code of corruption that has assumed a monumental proportion under the very corrupt Speaker Dogara.






Mr Chairman sir, you will agree with me that the world is watching on how the APC will deal with this issue of incontrovertible corruption in high places. Here you have a golden opportunity to show the world that there is zero tolerance of corruption in our great party the APC. Even more, is the having a serving member that understands this issue in my person who has offered to stand as witness and provide every support to the anti-corruption agencies to investigate the allegations thoroughly and commence prosecution in earnest. There is no better way of demonstrating our commitment to the fight against corruption than to use Speaker Yakubu Dogara and the 12 others as example. You will also agree with me that in the face of all these allegations and front and back in his utterances, Speaker Yakubu Dogara and the other Principal Officers have lost the moral ground to continue in office.



They have become a baggage should be off loaded by the APC before it inflicts an irreparable damage on the Party. From every part of Nigeria and the world, that is the opinion of people. The party must act very quickly and decisively. In his usual mischievous manner, Speaker is bandying around religious and ethnic card. He has so soon forgotten those that lead the campaign that brought him up as Speaker in the first place.  As a way forward, I wish to recommend to the party to:



1-To direct Speaker Yakubu Dogara to reconvene the House and step down with other accused Principal Officers immediately to allow for internal and external investigation without interference so that sanity will return.



2-To nominate a Speaker Pro Tempo and mobilize our members to support him to take over and adjourn the House until when we are due for resumption in September. This will give room for consultations on the election of a new Speaker when we resume.



3-To insist on internal reform of the activities of the House and ensure that the new Speaker implements it fully.



4-To discuss on the possibility of returning the 100billion constituency component of the budget under any of our laws so that all stolen money can be returned particularly the 40billion naira and equitably distributed to all constituencies.



5-To discuss if the party so desired, I am offering to identity all the toxic insertions by Speaker Dogara and 12 others in the budget so that they can be removed. We have different laws under which that can be done.



I strongly believe that if these recommendations are implemented, it will go a long way in resolving the crisis and provide the ventilation for the House to commence the process of internal reforms and self-cleansing to repair its battered image and restore the trust of Nigerians in the House.



This will also provide a relieve for the party and the government who have remained completely embarrassed with this development.



Mr Chairman, I am available and always at your disposal should there arise a need for me to provide further explanation in person as regard my letter.



Thank you very much for your attention.

Yours in service to the Nation

Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin


Kiru-Bebeji Federal Constituency




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Stronger Together – Full Text Of Hillary Clinton’s Speech At The Democratic National Convention

Thank you! Thank you for that amazing welcome.

And Chelsea, thank you.

I’m so proud to be your mother and so proud of the woman you’ve become.

Thanks for bringing Marc into our family, and Charlotte and Aidan into the world.

And Bill, that conversation we started in the law library 45 years ago is still going strong.

It’s lasted through good times that filled us with joy, and hard times that tested us.

And I’ve even gotten a few words in along the way.

On Tuesday night, I was so happy to see that my Explainer-in-Chief is still on the job.

I’m also grateful to the rest of my family and the friends of a lifetime.

To all of you whose hard work brought us here tonight…

And to those of you who joined our campaign this week.

And what a remarkable week it’s been.

We heard the man from Hope, Bill Clinton.

And the man of Hope, Barack Obama.

America is stronger because of President Obama’s leadership, and I’m better because of his friendship.

We heard from our terrific vice president, the one-and-only Joe Biden, who spoke from his big heart about our party’s commitment to working people.

First Lady Michelle Obama reminded us that our children are watching, and the president we elect is going to be their president, too.

And for those of you out there who are just getting to know Tim Kaine – you’re soon going to understand why the people of Virginia keep promoting him: from city council and mayor, to Governor, and now Senator.

He’ll make the whole country proud as our Vice President.

And… I want to thank Bernie Sanders.

Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who threw their hearts and souls into our primary.

You’ve put economic and social justice issues front and center, where they belong.

And to all of your supporters here and around the country:

I want you to know, I’ve heard you.

Your cause is our cause.

Our country needs your ideas, energy, and passion.

That’s the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America.

We wrote it together – now let’s go out there and make it happen together.


My friends, we’ve come to Philadelphia – the birthplace of our nation – because what happened in this city 240 years ago still has something to teach us today.

We all know the story.

But we usually focus on how it turned out – and not enough on how close that story came to never being written at all.

When representatives from 13 unruly colonies met just down the road from here, some wanted to stick with the King.

Some wanted to stick it to the king, and go their own way.

The revolution hung in the balance.

Then somehow they began listening to each other … compromising … finding common purpose.

And by the time they left Philadelphia, they had begun to see themselves as one nation.

That’s what made it possible to stand up to a King.

That took courage.

They had courage.

Our Founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together.

America is once again at a moment of reckoning.

Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart.

Bonds of trust and respect are fraying.

And just as with our founders, there are no guarantees.

It truly is up to us.

We have to decide whether we all will work together so we all can rise together.

Our country’s motto is e pluribus unum: out of many, we are one.

Will we stay true to that motto?

Well, we heard Donald Trump’s answer last week at his convention.

He wants to divide us – from the rest of the world, and from each other.

He’s betting that the perils of today’s world will blind us to its unlimited promise.

He’s taken the Republican Party a long way…

from “Morning in America” to “Midnight in America.”

He wants us to fear the future and fear each other.

Well, a great Democratic President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, came up with the perfect rebuke to Trump more than eighty years ago, during a much more perilous time.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Now we are clear-eyed about what our country is up against.

But we are not afraid.

We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have.

We will not build a wall.

Instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good paying job can get one.

And we’ll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy!

We will not ban a religion.

We will work with all Americans and our allies to fight terrorism.

There’s a lot of work to do.

Too many people haven’t had a pay raise since the


There’s too much inequality.

Too little social mobility.

Too much paralysis in Washington.

Too many threats at home and abroad.

But just look at the strengths we bring to meet these challenges.

We have the most dynamic and diverse people in the world.

We have the most tolerant and generous young people we’ve ever had.

We have the most powerful military.

The most innovative entrepreneurs.

The most enduring values.Freedom and equality, justice and opportunity.

We should be so proud that these words are associated with us. That when people

hear them – they hear… America.

So don’t let anyone tell you that our country is weak.

We’re not.

Don’t let anyone tell you we don’t have what it takes.

We do.

And most of all, don’t believe anyone who says: “I alone can fix it.”

Those were actually Donald Trump’s words in Cleveland.

And they should set off alarm bells for all of us.


I alone can fix it?

Isn’t he forgetting?

Troops on the front lines.

Police officers and fire fighters who run toward danger.

Doctors and nurses who care for us.

Teachers who change lives.

Entrepreneurs who see possibilities in every problem.

Mothers who lost children to violence and are building a movement to keep other kids safe.

He’s forgetting every last one of us.

Americans don’t say: “I alone can fix it.”

We say: “We’ll fix it together.”

Remember: Our Founders fought a revolution and wrote a Constitution so America would never be a nation where one person had all the power.

Two hundred and forty years later, we still put our faith in each other.

Look at what happened in Dallas after the assassinations of five brave police officers.

Chief David Brown asked the community to support his force, maybe even join them.

And you know how the community responded?

Nearly 500 people applied in just 12 days.

That’s how Americans answer when the call for help goes out.


20 years ago I wrote a book called “It Takes a Village.” A lot of people looked at the title and asked, what the heck do you mean by that?

This is what I mean.

None of us can raise a family, build a business, heal a community or lift a country totally alone.

America needs every one of us to lend our energy, our talents, our ambition to making our nation better and stronger.

I believe that with all my heart.

That’s why “Stronger Together” is not just a lesson from our history.

It’s not just a slogan for our campaign.

It’s a guiding principle for the country we’ve always been and the future we’re going to build.

A country where the economy works for everyone, not just those at the top.

Where you can get a good job and send your kids to a good school, no matter what zip code you live in.

A country where all our children can dream, and those dreams are within reach.

Where families are strong… communities are safe…

And yes, love trumps hate.

That’s the country we’re fighting for.

That’s the future we’re working toward…

And so it is with humility. . . determination . . . and boundless confidence in America’s promise… that I accept your nomination for President of the United



Now, sometimes the people at this podium are new to the national stage.

As you know, I’m not one of those people.

I’ve been your First Lady. Served 8 years as a Senator from the great State of New York.

I ran for President and lost.

Then I represented all of you as Secretary of State.

But my job titles only tell you what I’ve done.

They don’t tell you why.

The truth is, through all these years of public service, the “service” part has always come easier to me than the “public” part.

I get it that some people just don’t know what to make of me.

So let me tell you.

The family I’m from . . . well, no one had their name on big buildings.

My family were builders of a different kind.

Builders in the way most American families are.

They used whatever tools they had – whatever God gave them – and whatever life in America provided – and built better lives and better futures for their kids.

My grandfather worked in the same Scranton lace mill for 50 years.

Because he believed that if he gave everything he had, his children would have a better life than he did.

And he was right.

My dad, Hugh, made it to college. He played football at Penn State and enlisted in the Navy after Pearl Harbor.

When the war was over he started his own small business, printing fabric for draperies.

I remember watching him stand for hours over silk screens.

He wanted to give my brothers and me opportunities he never had.

And he did. My mother, Dorothy, was abandoned by her parents as a young girl. She ended up on her own at 14, working as a house maid.

She was saved by the kindness of others.

Her first grade teacher saw she had nothing to eat at lunch, and brought extra food to share.

The lesson she passed on to me years later stuck with me:

No one gets through life alone.

We have to look out for each other and lift each other up.

She made sure I learned the words of our Methodist faith:

“Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.”

I went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund, going door-to-door in New Bedford, Massachusetts on behalf of children with disabilities who were denied the chance

to go to school.

I remember meeting a young girl in a wheelchair on the small back porch of her house.

She told me how badly she wanted to go to school – it just didn’t seem possible.

And I couldn’t stop thinking of my mother and what she went through as a child.

It became clear to me that simply caring is not enough.

To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws.

You need both understanding and action.

So we gathered facts. We built a coalition. And our work helped convince Congress to ensure access to education for all students with disabilities.

It’s a big idea, isn’t it?

Every kid with a disability has the right to go to school.

But how do you make an idea like that real? You do it step-by-step, year-by-year… sometimes even door-by-door.

And my heart just swelled when I saw Anastasia Somoza on this stage, representing millions of young people who – because of those changes to our laws – are able to get an education.

It’s true… I sweat the details of policy – whether we’re talking about the exact level of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, the number of mental health facilities in Iowa, or the cost of your prescription drugs.

Because it’s not just a detail if it’s your kid – if it’s your family.

It’s a big deal. And it should be a big deal to your president.

Over the last three days, you’ve seen some of the people who’ve inspired me.

People who let me into their lives, and became a part of mine.

People like Ryan Moore and Lauren Manning.

They told their stories Tuesday night.

I first met Ryan as a seven-year old.

He was wearing a full body brace that must have weighed forty pounds.

Children like Ryan kept me going when our plan for universal health care failed…and kept me working with leaders of both parties to help create the Children’s Health Insurance Program that covers 8 million kids every year.

Lauren was gravely injured on 9/11.

It was the thought of her, and Debbie St. John, and John Dolan and Joe Sweeney, and all the victims and survivors, that kept me working as hard as I could in the Senate on behalf of 9/11 families, and our first responders who got sick from their time at Ground Zero.

I was still thinking of Lauren, Debbie and all the others ten years later in the White House Situation Room when President Obama made the courageous decision that finally brought Osama bin Laden to justice.

In this campaign, I’ve met so many people who motivate me to keep fighting for change.

And, with your help, I will carry all of your voices and stories with me to the White House.

I will be a President for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

For the struggling, the striving and the successful.

For those who vote for me and those who don’t.

For all Americans.


Tonight, we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union:

the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for President.

Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come.

Happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between.

Happy for boys and men, too – because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone. When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.

So let’s keep going, until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves.

Because even more important than the history we make tonight, is the history we will write together in the years ahead.

Let’s begin with what we’re going to do to help working people in our country get ahead and stay ahead.

Now, I don’t think President Obama and Vice President Biden get the credit they deserve for saving us from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes.

Our economy is so much stronger than when they took office. Nearly 15 million new private-sector jobs. Twenty million more Americans with health insurance. And an auto industry that just had its best year ever. That’s real progress.

But none of us can be satisfied with the status quo. Not by a long shot.

We’re still facing deep-seated problems that developed long before the recession and have stayed with us through the


I’ve gone around our country talking to working families. And I’ve heard from so many of you who feel like the economy just isn’t working.

Some of you are frustrated – even furious.

And you know what??? You’re right.

It’s not yet working the way it should.

Americans are willing to work – and work hard.

But right now, an awful lot of people feel there is less and less respect for the work they do.

And less respect for them, period.

Democrats are the party of working people.

But we haven’t done a good enough job showing that we get what you’re going through,

and that we’re going to do something about it.

So I want to tell you tonight how we will empower Americans to live better lives.

My primary mission as President will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States…

From my first day in office to my last!

Especially in places that for too long have been left out and left behind.

From our inner cities to our small towns, from Indian Country to Coal Country.

From communities ravaged by addiction to regions hollowed out by plant closures.

And here’s what I believe.

I believe America thrives when the middle class thrives.

I believe that our economy isn’t working the way it should because our democracy isn’t working the way it should.

That’s why we need to appoint Supreme Court justices who will get money out of politics and expand voting rights, not restrict them. And we’ll pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United!

I believe American corporations that have gotten so much from our country should be just as patriotic in return.

Many of them are. But too many aren’t.

It’s wrong to take tax breaks with one hand and give out pink slips with the other.

And I believe Wall Street can never, ever be allowed to wreck Main Street again.

I believe in science. I believe that climate change is real and that we can save our planet while creating millions of good-paying clean energy jobs.

I believe that when we have millions of hardworking immigrants contributing to our economy, it would be self-defeating and inhumane to kick them out.

Comprehensive immigration reform will grow our economy and keep families together – and it’s the right thing to do.

Whatever party you belong to, or if you belong to no party at all, if you share these beliefs, this is your campaign.

If you believe that companies should share profits with their workers, not pad executive bonuses, join us.

If you believe the minimum wage should be a living wage… and no one working full time should have to raise their children in poverty… join us.

If you believe that every man, woman, and child in America has the right to affordable health care…join us.

If you believe that we should say “no” to unfair trade deals… that we should stand up to China… that we should support our steelworkers and autoworkers and homegrown manufacturers…join us.

If you believe we should expand Social Security and protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions… join us.

And yes, if you believe that your working mother, wife, sister, or daughter deserves equal pay… join us…

Let’s make sure this economy works for everyone, not just those at the top.

Now, you didn’t hear any of this from Donald Trump at his convention.

He spoke for 70-odd minutes – and I do mean odd.

And he offered zero solutions. But we already know he doesn’t believe these things.

No wonder he doesn’t like talking about his plans.

You might have noticed, I love talking about mine.

In my first 100 days, we will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II.

Jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, technology and innovation, small business, and infrastructure.

If we invest in infrastructure now, we’ll not only create jobs today, but lay the foundation for the jobs of the future.

And we will transform the way we prepare our young people for those jobs.

Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition-free for the middle class and debt-free for all!

We will also liberate millions of people who already have student debt.

It’s just not right that Donald Trump can ignore his debts, but students and families can’t refinance theirs.

And here’s something we don’t say often enough: College is crucial, but a four-year degree should not be the only path to a good job.

We’re going to help more people learn a skill or practice a trade and make a good living doing it.

We’re going to give small businesses a boost. Make it easier to get credit. Way too many dreams die in the parking lots of banks.

In America, if you can dream it, you should be able to build it.

We’re going to help you balance family and work. And you know what, if fighting for affordable child care and paid family leave is playing the “woman card,” then Deal Me In!

(Oh, you’ve heard that one?)

Now, here’s the thing, we’re not only going to make all these investments, we’re going to pay for every single one of them.

And here’s how: Wall Street, corporations, and the super-rich are going to start paying their fair share of taxes.

Not because we resent success. Because when more than 90% of the gains have gone to the top 1%, that’s where the money is.

And if companies take tax breaks and then ship jobs overseas, we’ll make them

pay us back. And we’ll put that money to work where it belongs … creating jobs here at home!

Now I know some of you are sitting at home thinking, well that all sounds pretty good.

But how are you going to get it done? How are you going to break through the gridlock in Washington? Look at my record. I’ve worked across the aisle to pass laws and treaties and to launch new programs that help millions of people. And if you give me the chance, that’s what I’ll do as President.

But Trump, he’s a businessman. He must know something about the economy.

Well, let’s take a closer look.

In Atlantic City, 60 miles from here, you’ll find contractors and small businesses who lost everything because Donald Trump refused to pay his bills.

People who did the work and needed the money, and didn’t get it – not because he couldn’t pay them, but because he wouldn’t pay them.

That sales pitch he’s making to be your president? Put your faith in him – and you’ll win big? That’s the same sales pitch he made to all those small businesses. Then Trump walked away, and left working people holding the bag.

He also talks a big game about putting America First. Please explain to me what part of America First leads him to make Trump ties in China, not Colorado.

Trump suits in Mexico, not Michigan. Trump furniture in Turkey, not Ohio. Trump picture frames in India, not Wisconsin.

Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again – well, he could start by actually making things in America again.

The choice we face is just as stark when it comes to our national security.

Anyone reading the news can see the threats and turbulence we face.

From Baghdad and Kabul, to Nice and Paris and Brussels, to San Bernardino and Orlando, we’re dealing with determined enemies that must be defeated.

No wonder people are anxious and looking for reassurance. Looking for steady leadership.

You want a leader who understands we are stronger when we work with our allies around the world and care for our veterans here at home. Keeping our nation safe and honoring the people who do it will be my highest priority.

I’m proud that we put a lid on Iran’s nuclear program without firing a single shot – now we have to enforce it, and keep supporting Israel’s security.

I’m proud that we shaped a global climate agreement – now we have to hold every country accountable to their commitments, including ourselves.

I’m proud to stand by our allies in NATO against any threat they face, including from Russia.

I’ve laid out my strategy for defeating ISIS.

We will strike their sanctuaries from the air, and support local forces taking them out on the ground. We will surge our intelligence so that we detect and prevent attacks before they happen.

We will disrupt their efforts online to reach and radicalize young people in our country.

It won’t be easy or quick, but make no mistake – we will prevail.

Now Donald Trump says, and this is a quote, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do….”

No, Donald, you don’t.

He thinks that he knows more than our military because he claimed our armed forces are “a disaster.”

Well, I’ve had the privilege to work closely with our troops and our veterans for many years, including as a Senator on the Armed Services Committee.

I know how wrong he is. Our military is a national treasure.

We entrust our commander-in-chief to make the hardest decisions our nation faces.

Decisions about war and peace. Life and death.

A president should respect the men and women who risk their lives to serve our country – including the sons of Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, both Marines.

Ask yourself: Does Donald Trump have the temperament to be Commander-in-Chief?

Donald Trump can’t even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign.

He loses his cool at the slightest provocation. When he’s gotten a tough question from a reporter. When he’s challenged in a debate. When he sees a protestor at a rally.

Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.

I can’t put it any better than Jackie Kennedy did after the Cuban Missile Crisis. She said that what worried President Kennedy during that very dangerous time was that a war might be started – not by big men with self-control and restraint, but by little men – the ones moved by fear and pride.

America’s strength doesn’t come from lashing out.

Strength relies on smarts, judgment, cool resolve, and the precise and strategic application of power.

That’s the kind of Commander-in-Chief I pledge to be.

And if we’re serious about keeping our country safe, we also can’t afford to have a President who’s in the pocket of the gun lobby.

I’m not here to repeal the 2nd Amendment.

I’m not here to take away your guns.

I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.

We should be working with responsible gun owners to pass common-sense reforms and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and all others who would do us harm.

For decades, people have said this issue was too hard to solve and the politics were too hot to touch.

But I ask you: how can we just stand by and do nothing?

You heard, you saw, family members of people killed by gun violence.

You heard, you saw, family members of police officers killed in the line of duty because they were outgunned by criminals.

I refuse to believe we can’t find common ground here.

We have to heal the divides in our country.

Not just on guns. But on race. Immigration. And more.

That starts with listening to each other. Hearing each other. Trying, as best we can, to walk in each other’s shoes.

So let’s put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism, and are made to feel like their lives are disposable.

Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to do a dangerous and necessary job.

We will reform our criminal justice system from end-to-end, and rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

We will defend all our rights – civil rights, human rights and voting rights… women’s rights and workers’ rights… LGBT rights and the rights of people with disabilities!

And we will stand up against mean and divisive rhetoric wherever it comes from.

For the past year, many people made the mistake of laughing off Donald Trump’s comments – excusing him as an entertainer just putting on a show.

They think he couldn’t possibly mean all the horrible things he says – like when he called women “pigs.” Or said that an American judge couldn’t be fair because of his Mexican heritage. Or when he mocks and mimics a reporter with a disability.

Or insults prisoners of war like John McCain –a true hero and patriot who deserves our respect.

At first, I admit, I couldn’t believe he meant it either.

It was just too hard to fathom – that someone who wants to lead our nation could say those things. Could be like that.

But here’s the sad truth: There is no other Donald Trump…This is it.

And in the end, it comes down to what Donald Trump doesn’t get: that America is great – because America is good.

So enough with the bigotry and bombast. Donald Trump’s not offering real change.

He’s offering empty promises. What are we offering? A bold agenda to improve the lives of people across our country – to keep you safe, to get you good jobs, and to give your kids the opportunities they deserve.

The choice is clear.


Every generation of Americans has come together to make our country freer, fairer, and stronger.

None of us can do it alone.

I know that at a time when so much seems to be pulling us apart, it can be hard to imagine how we’ll ever pull together again.

But I’m here to tell you tonight – progress is possible.

I know because I’ve seen it in the lives of people across America who get knocked down and get right back up.

And I know it from my own life. More than a few times, I’ve had to pick myself up and get back in the game.

Like so much else, I got this from my mother. She never let me back down from any challenge. When I tried to hide from a neighborhood bully, she literally blocked the door. “Go back out there,” she said.

And she was right. You have to stand up to bullies.

You have to keep working to make things better, even when the odds are long and the opposition is fierce.

We lost my mother a few years ago. I miss her every day. And I still hear her voice urging me to keep working, keep fighting for right, no matter what.

That’s what we need to do together as a nation.

Though “we may not live to see the glory,” as the song from the musical Hamilton goes, “let us gladly join the fight.”

Let our legacy be about “planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.”

That’s why we’re here…not just in this hall, but on this Earth.

The Founders showed us that.

And so have many others since.

They were drawn together by love of country, and the selfless passion to build something better for all who follow.

That is the story of America. And we begin a new chapter tonight.

Yes, the world is watching what we do.

Yes, America’s destiny is ours to choose.

So let’s be stronger together.

Looking to the future with courage and confidence.

Building a better tomorrow for our beloved children and our beloved country.

When we do, America will be greater than ever.

Thank you and may God bless the United States of America!

Jibrin Drops New Bombshell On How Dogara, Lasun Others Padded 2016 Budget

Former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has reiterated that allegations of budget padding levied by him against the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and other principal members should not be taken as an attack on the House as an institution.


In a personal statement by the lawmaker released to the media, Jibrin gave details of how the process of screening the 2016 budget by the appropriation committee was hijacked by Dogara and a cabal within the House. According to him, the relationship between him and Dogara turned sour long before the budget padding issue came to the fore.






I am compelled again for the purpose of emphasis to state categorically clear that my allegations are against the quartet of Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun, House Whip Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor not the Honourable House as an institution nor other members of the body of principal officers. The other members of the body of principal officers were to the best of my knowledge completely excluded from decisions on the 2016 budget and the budget inputs inserted on their names were exclusively carried out by these QUARTET.

I have to state this very clearly because these QUARTET have resorted to desperate moves to drag the entire House of Representatives into the case of gross abuse of office I have leveled against them as individual Presiding and Principal officers of the House. This is clearly a mischievous move to set me on collision with the entire house. They have also recruited four from the VERY FEW members of their cabal to use some elements of the Nigeria police to kidnap, harass, blackmail and intimidate me into silence.


Until yesterday, the police were laying siege by my house blocking the entrance and exit shouting that they want budget documents. They embarrassed my entire family with a nursing mother and a seven-month old baby that cried all night. The game plan was to arrest me and dump me in police net while a heavy media propaganda will be carried out to mislead the world that I have been sacked and police have picked me up as a culprit in 2016 budget. Whenever I am released, an irreparable damage would have been done to my person and that will stick for life.


As God Almighty will have it, I had travelled out of town before they could execute their evil plan. God is always with the innocent. The members in the thick of this plot are Hon Jagaba Adams, Hon Jika both chairmen interior and police affairs respectively, Hon Muhammed Bago, Hon Muhammed Zakari and the last one I need not to introduce him to Nigerians, you know him better and know what he is best remembered for. He is the one who threatened my life and the police are yet to take a single action on him. He is now the Leader of the Dogara cabal. He calls the shots in the House. He makes all the decisions of Mr Speaker. He talks down on members and gets away with it. He has SUDDENLY began living such an expensive life style. Lately, a former influential principal officer of the House complained bitterly that it is only Dogara that will hand such a committee to a person like Hon Herma Hembe of this world, chairman FCT. They have been running from pillar to post looking for evidence in their wild dream to nail me. I made a huge sacrifice to leave, shouldn’t they just leave me alone?


I therefore urge my Hon. colleagues and the general public to call on Speaker Yakubu Dogara and the 3 other principal officers to stop their desperate attempt to drag the entire House of Representatives into this matter. They should also stop using the House Spokesman Hon Namdas to issue statements in respect to these allegations because it is a deliberate attempt to mislead the public into believing that they have the backing of the entire House on this matter.  They should come out and defend themselves and prepare for the investigation that will be instituted by the House on this matter. At least the Minority Leader and Whip have attempted some response which are at best lame! The House of Representatives as an institution must live above board and will continue to survive beyond people who abuse public trust like Mr Speaker and his 3 cohorts.

Let me make further revelations in addition to the ones I have already made which are in public glare.


ONE: During the budget period, when they discovered that I was not the kind of a person they could use to perpetrate their illegality, Mr Speaker and the 3 other principal officers took away the entire Appropriation Committee Secretariat to a secret location where all sort of insertions were made into the budget. The blackmail has always been – “Abdul people will laugh at you if anything goes wrong between you and Dogara because of the lead role you played and the many toes you stepped on to get him elected”. It’s been a painful experience.


Again the secretariat was taken away from me on Speaker Dogara’s instruction for the second time to a location I don’t know and all sort of insertions into the budgets were made and returned to me for signature. I said over my dead body! It was a massive crisis behind the scene until the early morning of the Friday that Mr President assented the budget. It was Sen Danjuma Goje that brokered a compromise that since the Deputy Speaker leads the harmonization committee, he should also sign such that the harmonization committee will share responsibility with us. Senator Goje pleaded with me so hard all night and later shouted heavily on me reminding me that he is not talking to me as a Senator but as a father. I cried heavily all night.


TWO: When the budget harmonization committee headed by Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun gave out 80% concession across board to the executive demands during the harmonization negotiation, it was agreed that the remaining 20% should go to the entire NASS. The Deputy Speaker excused himself that he wanted to go and consult with Mr Speaker. He came back after few hours and in an unprecedented display of greed presented to me a hand written note distributing the remaining 20% to only principal officers. 70% of the 20% was reserved for Mr Speaker and himself while the remaining 30% of the 20% goes to other principal officers. I am sure he will recognize the hand writing when he sees it. My colleagues didn’t know all of these.


THREE:  Mr Speaker also directed me to create what I advised him will be a controversial line item under service wide vote to introduce about N20 billion project using the name of NASS. He directed me to see a highly placed PDP politician which I did and collected the documents. I advised him repeatedly against it but he kept pressuring me until I bluntly told him I will not!


FOUR: When the Appropriation Committee received all the budget reports from standing committees, an analysis was conducted. We discovered that about 10 only out of the 96 Standing Committees of the House introduced about 2,000 (two thousand) projects without the knowledge of their committee members amounting to about N284, 000, 000, 000 (Two hundred and eighty-four billion naira). I was alarmed. But I was cautious because at our pre budget meeting with the committee chairmen, I was clearly warned not to touch their budgets. I reported the matter to the speaker. He did nothing about it obviously because he was working behind the scene with the committee chairmen. That was the beginning of the whole budget problem from the side of House and the whole exercise had to go through several versions before it was passed.


So, is it Abdul that introduced 2000 projects into budget worth N284billion? But I quietly bore the pain and abuses from all over the country and continued to defend the committee inputs as a show of loyalty to the institution I represent which I so much love and still have many great minds in there. Apart from Chairman Agriculture Hon Mongunu who owned up and explained his inputs at the only executive session I was allowed to attend, the other few chairmen who loaded the budget kept quiet and watched me bashed from every angle by angry Nigerians.


People have asked why did I wait this long to open up, so much was happening behind the scene. I fought the battle of my life to raise these issues internally and get Mr Speaker to address them to no avail. I pushed so hard that I got frustrated and depressed. All my attempts met brick walls. That was why some members were always raising their voice against me because they do not have the facts. I later on realized that the Speaker enjoyed that so much and colluded with his cabal to dump everything on me. I am sure not too long some members that knew what I went through will come out and testify. I also have evidence to show my internal struggles.


In any case, under circumstances like this, and for young people like us that are lucky to have accelerated career growth, the system scares you from becoming a whistle blower. They will tell you that if you do such, nobody will trust you or have confidence in you again. They will scare you that it is not good for your image and it will affect your career progression. Many young people in different sectors are faced with such frustrating situation. Even at the moment, if I take the advice of some people, I will get deeply scared and just keep quiet, so that I can grow career wise?  My usual response to them is that, isn’t that selfish? Your only luck will be if a trigger occurs then you open up. This is one such trigger! In any case, I would have opened up anyway. I have written so much about these issues and more on NASS. I posted over a month ago on my Facebook page that I will release the piece as part of my 40th birthday in September. Well, I never knew it will come much earlier.


Some people are also saying I kept quiet while it was good and now I am talking because things have gone sour. Many members of the House and Nigerians will be shocked to know that there has NEVER been good times between myself and Speaker Dogara. It took few weeks after his election as Speaker for me to realize I never really knew him well. I was hasty to judge him by his innocent looking personality. We practically disagree on everything. From when he started conducting himself like a lord, wanting everybody around him to just say yes sir and go, shutting and looking down at his colleagues,  playing double game between the executive and legislature, drafting of a new house rule, senseless splitting of committees which raised the numbers of committees to 96, appointment of committee chairmen, Chairmanship of NILS, issues of bills and allotment of sponsors, chairmanship of budget consultative committee, budget process and house inputs, the PIB, his divide and rule approach, his frequent dealings with heads of MDA’s as if he is a committee chairman and so many other issues. In all of these issues, there is none that has not remained controversial till date.


All these forced me to stay away from him except on official assignment. I can count how times I have been to his office or home. I stayed away completely. It was such a frustrating and depressing period for me. Who will I complain to? How do I face the world and say I got it wrong after playing such a lead role in his emergence? When you see a house you sacrificed everything to build is falling apart and the driver believes he is firmly in charge because he has 8 votes advantage, you are left with no choice than to tie your seat belt for obvious eventuality.


I must admit I made an error of judgement. I don’t know to whom and from where I will start apologising for not heeding to wise counsel. There is nothing I am saying now that I have not discussed or warned speaker Dogara on the few occasions that I sorted and got private audience with him. But he has been hijacked and surrounded himself with a small cabal of sycophants, corrupt, mediocre, money hungry, vindictive, envious, self-serving small minds who have already done an irreparable damage to his person and office.

Speaker Dogara has completely derailed, remains clueless, keeps on with an unmatched ego and surely leading the House to the biggest scandal it may ever experience. He has failed to live above the fog in public duty and private thinking, a direct opposite of what my favourite American Poet Josiah Gilbet Holland prayed Lord to grant us in leaders.


All I am asking for is my right to be heard by my colleagues which they denied me. I am calling on my colleagues to plead with Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Lasun, Whip Doguwa and Minority leader Ogor to stop obstructing justice and allow me my right to be heard by the House. It is the House that will institute a special investigation on this matter to allow me testify and provide evidence before any other external action.

I will make a more detailed statement in due course.

Hadiza Bala Usman And The Doubting Thomases: A Rejoinder To Muhammed Auta

The last few days have been exciting in Nigeria’s social sphere, courtesy of president Buhari’s appointment of Hajiya Hadiza Bala Usman as the new head of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). Her appointment did not come as a surprise to many, particularly those who are following events with keen interest in Kaduna State. It is not out of place to assert that Hadiza’s pedigree, capacity, and experience have been phenomenal to the successes recorded in Kaduna State in the last one year under Mallam Nasir Elrufa’i.


It is therefore laughable to see her critics advance arguments that are not only intellectually impotent, but also logically imbecile in order to seek attention and score cheap political points. More shallow are the reasons given by an “author” Muhammed Auta in his article titled: Hadiza Bala Usman: A Square Peg in A Round Hole, Period! Published on the 14th of July 2016.


From his arguments, it is apparent Muhammed Auta is a Doubting Thomas—One who habitually or instinctively doubts accepted beliefs. Doubting Thomases are nonbelievers, sceptics, unbelievers, pessimists and doomsday prophets. The author admitted he “has never met Hadiza in person, but has read about her since her days at the BPE as an aide to el-rufai when he held sway as the DG….” Hadiza must have made giant strides as an aide to be noticed and even read about by Muhammad in faraway Jalingo.


It is unfortunate that the only experience the author saw after taking a “cursory look” at her CV was when she worked as a research intern at the Centre for Democratic Research and Training (CEDDERT) in the early stages of her career “except as an aide to Mallam Elrufai”. This narrative is myopic and misleading. Indeed Mallam Nasir has been phenomenal in Hadiza’s career, and that has prepared her to take up greater challenges in the service of the people in which she has so far demonstrated her altruism and capacity.


As difficult as it is to convince Doubting Thomases, here is Hadiza’s CV in a cursory look… Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (ABU), Masters in Development Studies (not a Postgraduate Diploma as the author suggested). It may also interest Muhammad Auta that while at BPE, Hadiza played a key role in the privatization policy of the Federal Government that saw the concession of many government assets including our seaports. She was the Special Assistant to (arguably) the best FCT minister on Project Implementation in the FCTA. She was also Director of Strategy and Planning at the Good Governance Group (3G) until her appointment as Chief of Staff to the Kaduna State Governor.


Muhammad Auta’s ignorance of public service rules and procedures is glaring, he is not familiar with the differences between mainstream civil service and other government agencies. What is good for the goose cannot be good for the gander in this case. He suggested and I quote… “I thought the seat should be advertised, certain number of candidates should be pre-qualified, interview and or examination be conducted preferably by a foreign consultant, and the candidate with the highest score appointed”.


Oga Doubting Thomas! This is not a Federal Tender’s Board and neither is it a contract award exercise. It is a presidential prerogative to appoint whomever the president wishes to, be it on a personal recommendation or experience, and Hadiza is so qualified on both fronts.


I borrow your words, “Lets call a spade a spade”! Your obsession with the name Elrufai which you have mentioned many times in your write up, seems to suggest that the piece is more about Mallam Elrufa’i than Hajiya Hadiza. Goodwill and prayers are what Hadiza Bala Usman needs from all of us­­­­­-the doubting thomases, the wailing wailers, the hailing hailers, and the fencing fencers, to deliver her mandate and revamp the Nigerian Ports Authority.


Habib Gajam can be reached via or Twitter handle: @habibgajam


Richard Nyong, Ishaya Bako Others Inspire Social Change At Inaugural AlphaIMPACT Convened By Japheth Omojuwa

We talk about problems a lot in Nigeria, but rarely proffer solutions. There are people who not only talk about problems but also do something to change the status quo. In so doing they meet a lot of opposition and encounter challenges, but they keep going nonetheless. We often do not celebrate greatness and people making change happen but through AlphaIMPACT we will celebrate people doing great things for themselves and other people. AlphaIMPACT is not about awards, it is about celebrating excellence.

Japheth Omojuwa

Japheth J. Omojuwa, Convener AlphaIMPACT

Those words by Japheth J. Omojuwa, the Convener of AlphaIMPACT, set the tone for what turned out to be a truly inspiring night that left an indelible mark on the minds of attendees and speakers alike. Omojuwa, who is also the CEO of Alpha Reach, a new media and online strategy management company, stated his vision for AlphaIMPACT is to honour change makers, known and unknown, who are making Africa a better continent in their own little spaces.

From maternal and newborn health, to education, to entertainment and business, the line-up of speakers at AlphaIMPACT reflects a diversity of passion and efforts held together by a common purpose – birthing social change and impacting lives.

Faith Fookes

Faith Fookes, Founder and Executive Director of Bridgewise

Faith Fookes, Geneva-based lawyer, is the Founder and Executive Director of Bridgewise, a not-for-profit organisation committed to the prevention and eradication of obstetric fistula in Africa. Faith was inspired by personal experience of what it is to suffer from pregnancy-related complications to embark on advocacy against fistula in Nigeria by raising awareness on preventive measures and sponsoring surgical treatment for fistula patients.

Ishaya Bako

Ishaya Bako, award-winning film maker

Ishaya Bako, a 29-year old award-winning film director and screenwriter studied at the London Film School. Ishaya is exploring the nexus between entertainment and advocacy by using his films and documentaries to raise the social consciousness of the public. “I love telling stories. I straddle between fiction and facts with the blurry lines between them” he said as he narrated his experience using the films Henna and Silent Tears to raise awareness on girl-child education and domestic violence respectively.


Simi Fajemirokun, Read2Succeed

“We not only have an unemployment problem, we have an unemployability problem.” Simi Fajemirokun gave one of the quotes of the night speaking about her Read2Succeed initiative. Simi, whose Martin Luther King Jnr’s I have a dream narration held the audience spellbound, pointed out that nowhere in the world is education left in the hands of government alone. The impact of Simi’s advocacy is already apparent with a number of structural changes made at Utako LA Primary School in Abuja. “We didn’t dole out money to make this change happen, we just showed up!” she said.

Richard Nyong

Richard Nyong, CEO of Lekki Gardens

Richard Nyong has through his company, Lekki Gardens, brought about a revolution in Nigeria’s real estate sector. Richard narrated how he, armed with a N750,000 loan and a dream, embarked on an audacious quest to make housing affordable for Nigerians of all income groups. Five years later Lekki Gardens has delivered over 6,000 housing units, making a lot of people millionaires in the process. “To make it in life you must be tired of making excuses” said Richard as gave insight into how he and his company have surmounted setback at different stages of the business. The philosopher and businessman in Richard combined effortlessly to give one of the most impactful and memorable quotes of the night when he said “we are not children of our circumstances, we are fathers of our future.”

The impact of the truly inspiring event extended well beyond the packed Alpha Reach Power Library as tweets sent through the hashtag #AlphaIMPACT reached well over 800,000 people on Twitter and was the third trending topic in Nigeria behind football related content from the UEFA Euro Cup.

Budget 2016 Impasse: Behind The Noise and Distractions – Theophilus Opaleye

I have followed with keen interest ongoing debates within Nigeria’s social media stratosphere regarding the 2016 budget, and the power tussle between the Executive and the National Assembly over the inclusion, or exclusion, of certain projects and appropriations. The details remain sketchy, even as the Executive remains reticent in driving home these accusations, but a major contention remains the absence of the Lagos-Calabar rail project as a line item in the budget of the Ministry of Transportation.

Testimonies by those in the know, and details obtained from other credible sources on the matter point to the fact the Lagos-Calabar rail project was not in the budget presented by President Buhari to a joint session of the National Assembly on December 22nd. After the anomalies in the budget became public knowledge, an amended version sent to the National Assembly also failed to make any provision for the Lagos-Calabar rail project. A case was made for the inclusion of this project in the budget by the Minister of Transportation during the screening process, but the law is clear on how such amendments can be made. Only the President is empowered by the Constitution to forward such an amendment to the National Assembly, not any Minister.


But these facts have been pushed from the centre-stage in what should be a landmark constitutional matter but has been reduced to a war of perception between the Executive and the National Assembly, fought in the minds of Nigerians, a war in which the Executive clearly has the upper hand. President Buhari was admitted based on the strength of his personal integrity, and that trust Nigerians have in him remains intact even after a less than stellar first year in office. The National Assembly on the other hand suffers from a morally debilitating credibility deficit engendered by the activities of scrupulous elements who have occupied the hallowed chambers in the past.


Perhaps one of the biggest casualties of this war is Abdulmunin Jibrin, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives, who has been accused, without any verifiable evidence, and even when the facts prove otherwise, of removing a non-existent Lagos-Calabar project from the budget and appropriating the funds to his constituency. This is ironic considering it was Jibrin and his committee that discovered a sum of N54 billion left padded in the budget of the Transport Ministry and reported several other instances of gross misappropriations in the entire budget.


He has also been accused of working against the Change agenda of the President, but I remember this statement in the press credited to him on March 20 in which he praised President Buhari for working with them on the budget – But it is also interesting that the President took direct responsibility and got involved in the process, not only to ensure synergy between the executive and the legislature but also that we can both arrive at a budget that is implementable for the good of all Nigerians. I don’t want to go into details about the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari but I want to put it on record that he has played the role of a father and he deserves commendation.


It also hasn’t gone unnoticed how some online media platforms have hijacked the responsibilities of presidential spokesmen to report events surrounding the budget impasse with bias to unduly curry public favour for the Executive. In the past couple of days we have seen SaharaReporters release statements that contradict the facts of the 2016 budget and the screening. Even statements released by other individuals were blatantly twisted and headlined to misrepresent Abdul Jibrin and the leadership of the National Assembly. Releasing screenshots of text messages sent to committee members and deliberately twisting the content of same to lead the gullible astray does not count in any clime as investigative journalism.

What no one who has any respect for the truth cannot argue against is that on the part of the National Assembly this has been the most open and transparent budget screening since return to democracy in 1999. The current impasse was brought about because the Presidency bungled the budget process from the get go. And while we all respect the President and want him to succeed, the reality is that he is human, and as such not beyond making mistakes. The 2016 budget as presented was fraught with errors, and that did not originate from the National Assembly. If those errors are to be corrected for the common good of the nation, the Executive must first be willing to admit to its failings, and work with the National Assembly instead of playing to the gallery.

On a final note, this war is being prosecuted at great cost to Nigerians and we can no longer afford to have it drag for any longer. The Executive and National Assembly must find a common ground to resolve their differences over the budget for the sake of the people they represent. That is the only way to prove the good intention they claim to have for the people, not on the frontpage of newspapers.

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Ambode’s Transformation Agenda in Lagos

AAThere was apprehensions after the change in baton in Lagos State, as to whether Governor Akinwunmi Ambode can perform like his predecessor, Babatunde Fashola, who rode on the megacity agenda of former Governor Bola Tinubu. Ten months down the line, the consensus of opinion is that the governor has not only matched the pace of his predecessors, he has also raised the bar in many respects. ENITAN SERIKI reports. 

Stakeholders have hailed Akinwunmi Ambode’s performance in the last 10 months as the governor of Lagos State. They said ‘the consolidator’ has kept the flag of excellence flying. A series of armed robbery incidents that took place immediately after he assumed office had attracted negative publicity for the government. It took the governor’s prompt intervention, by provision of high definition security equipment to assist the police to combat crime, the rescue of abducted Babington Macauley Junior School students, among other things, to change the perception that criminals are free in the state.

Analysts have hailed the silent and steady progresses achieved under the governor’s new agenda for a more prosperous and secure Lagos, through different programmes. For instance, under his watch, the state has taken a giant leap to cut the cost of governance through the merging of some ministries, departments and agencies.

Ambode may have opted for a smaller cabinet, compared to that of his predecessor; he has scrapped the Ministry of Rural Development, Monitoring Office, Political and Legislative Powers Bureau, Office of the Special Adviser on Taxation and Revenue, as well as Debt Management Office. He has also merged the Office of Works and Office of Infrastructure; Office of Drainage Services and Office of Environmental Service for effective execution of government services.

In the same vein, he has converted the Ministry of Home Affairs to Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, which is saddled with responsibilities beyond home affairs alone. He has expanded the Ministry of Special Duties to accommodate Inter-governmental Relations, renaming it ministry of Special Duties and Inter-governmental relations while that of the Office of Transformation has been expanded and renamed the Office of Transformation, Creativity and Innovation. In addition, the responsibilities of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs have been expanded to include Community Affairs, renaming it Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs.

On assumption of office last year, Ambode pursued aggressively his ‘Operation Light up Lagos Project’, which has made driving at night a pleasurable experience. He also embarked on rehabilitation of roads.

He has also made significant progress in the expansion of the existing waterway transportation system to ease road traffic since Lagos is blessed with abundant water resources by encouraging private participation in water transportation. Hitherto, the state was said to have the worst traffic in the world, which compelled Lagosians to remain locked up in traffic snarl, thereby wasting productive hours.

The governor has received accolades for his commitment to the development plan of the state targeted on social development and security, infrastructural and economic development, as well as sustainable environment. In this regard, he awarded the contract for construction of Ikotun road, which has been in very bad shape for more than a decade now and work is currently on-going on the road. Furthermore, following his inspection of certain areas notorious for traffic congestions in the state, such as Dopemu junction, Abule-Egbe, Mile 2, Oworonshoki, Mile 12, Ipaja, Alimosho and Apapa, he has awarded the construction of pedestrian bridges at the designated points.

Furthermore, Ambode has assured Lagosians that the light rail project from Orile to Lagos Island would be completed within 12 months. He has also embarked on the construction of more link and inner roads in the state. One of such is the on-going reconstruction of Creek road, Harold Wilson road and other major roads. The governor has also awarded the reconstruction of Brown Street and other major streets in Oshodi axis. On the other hand,

Besides, Ambode recently assured Lagosians of his administration’s determination to complete the Mile 2-Badagry Road Expansion project in good time. The governor, who gave the assurance when he inspected the Mile 2-Badagry road construction works, which was being expanded to a 10-lane expressway, said the contractor working on the project has been mobilised to ensure that he delivers on schedule.

He has equally commenced the building of a 1000-truck capacity park in Orile-Iganmu in order to resolve the perennial traffic gridlock in the commercial area of the city and also the daily loading of the tank trucks on the Apapa bridge by the tank farm owners has to be stopped to allow free flow of traffic on the bridge.

To tackle the growing youth unemployment in the state, the governor established a N25 billion Employment Trust Fund and also established the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment to drive the government’s vision in that regard. “This specifically addresses the promise he made during his campaign on employment trust fund, labour exchange and entrepreneurship,” a politician who does not want to be named told The Nation.

In line with his promise to attract investment and ease the difficulty of doing business in the state, the governor has set up the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment (Lagos Global). Investors have been given the assurance that they can now fly into Lagos, start their business,  live, work and enjoy in the state.

To exploit tourism potentials , Ambode has launched the tree-planting campaign, as well as the Deep Sea Port project in Badagry, covering about 1000 hectares of land area. This is expected to become the biggest in the African continent when completed.

The governor has also fulfilled his promise of compensating the victims of the petroleum tanker explosion at Iyana-Ipaja and Idimu area Properties worth millions of naira were gutted when tankers laden with petroleum exploded. He donated N100,000 each to them to prove his deep concern for the welfare of the citizens. This token was given as palliative measures to cushion the losses incurred by the victims, as well as to enable them return to their normal lives prior to the outcome of the investigations into the cause of explosion.

To identify with the Federal Government’s anti-corruption stance, he set up a special force and adopted strategic approaches in fighting the scourge. By operating a single bank account, a lot of cost has been saved in an effort to efficiently improve  revenue collection and accountability. He has blocked existing loopholes for looting and embezzlement of funds.

In line with his campaign promises of running an inclusive government, he has appointed a non-indigene of Igbo extraction, Mr. Peter Nkedishuka Okonji, an an engineer, as the new General Manager of the State Electricity Board. Okonji succeeded Mrs. Damilola Ogunbiyi, who was appointed by the immediate past governor.

Within few days in office, Ambode declared the second Lekki-Epe Expressway toll-free, saying that his major concern was ensuring the completion of the road and not in the toll fees levied on the road users.

Ambode has responded to the call for the improvement in the quality of education in the state, by approving the recruitment of no fewer than 1300 teachers into public primary schools across the state. He has also approved the payment of the annual bursary awards for students in higher institution of learning across the country, stressing that his administration is determined to ensure that no child who seeks education is left behind. The governor has equally approved N188.5 million for the payment of 2014/2015 local scholarship and subsequent payments to students studying in various tertiary institutions across the country. About 886 students would benefit from the awards, which the governor had approved as part of efforts of the state government to reduce the financial burden of its citizenry.


As part of efforts to enhance retirees’ welfare, Ambode has approved the payment of N2.2 billion to 658 retirees in the state who had retired from the state civil service, local governments and other parastatals. This Retirement Benefit Bond presentation, being the 18th consecutive one since the inception of the Contributory Pension Scheme, signifies the strong commitment of the State Government to the implementation and continued sustainability of the Contributory Pension Scheme.


The state has embarked on local government reforms to make the 57 local councils more responsive to the needs of the people. He has rewarded self-help initiatives in local communities, by rewarding same though the provision of grants, assistance and other support through local governments and LCDAs.


To support the Federal Government’s bid to diversify the country’s economic base, Ambode has entered into an unprecedented food security and rice production pact with Kebbi State. Similarly, he has put in place strategies that would engender sustainable food production, especially in fishery, by creating enabling environment, facilitate capacity building and create ground for easy access to credit facility for fish farmers. This may reduce the cost of production and enhance profitability since more than 22 per cent of the entire land mass of Lagos is covered by water and about 180 km is a coastline.


In the health sector, Ambode has commissioned 20 Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICU) and 26 Transport Ambulances, which were stationed at the 26 General hospitals in Lagos in his fulfillment of his administration’s commitment to bring quality healthcare service closer to the people. He has also approved the recruitment of more paramedic staff and special medical coordinators to ensure 24 hours service to the citizens. Alongside this, he has upgraded the General Hospitals within the state and constructed a Medical Park, while also ensuring the availability of Quality Drugs, new mobile x-ray machines and more hospitals.

TRANSCRIPT – Read What Mama Taraba Said To The Parents Of Chibok Girls Yesterday

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba, yesterday at the State House in Abuja received a delegation of the parents of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram and members of the BringBackOurGirls movement led by Dr Oby Ezekwesili. Below is the full transcript of her speech at that meeting.

I want to tell you here, maybe there is information that you do not know. When Mr. President made the promises he made to you, he did not just make them, went back and sit without doing anything.

Mr. President is not that kind of person; we all know. Mr. President with all of us have been on deck, working to see that our children are brought back.

The security people who are making effort to make sure we bring back our girls alive are all here with us. and everything Mr. President is doing is to give them directives to work towards bringing back our girls alive. And that he has done, he has given then instruction, the mandate to bring back our girls alive.

And they have been working; they will tell you by themselves what they have been doing. But mind you, I need to tell you that this is a security issue. It is not everything they are doing that they are going to tell us, including me. Because of operational whatever, they will tell you.

On the part of social networking which is under my ministry; the Ministry of Women affairs and social development. I have been directed and I have spoken with the Honourable member representing Chibok in the House of reps, I have told her the effort we have made on the instruction of Mr. President. And I have spoken with my namesake Hadjia Aisha Yussuf on it, I had looked for my Sister, Dr. Oby on the issue to tell her what we have done, what we are still doing and what we intend to do – I did, before the Christmas. It is not as if Mr. President made the promise to you and went and sat down.

I have been instructed to open a Chibok Girls’ office which will serve as a liaison office between you and the government. I have been instructed to do that and I have informed my namesake Hadjia Aisha Yussuf that I have done that and we have a Deputy Director heading the office – just one office on Chibok girls issue to show you how important the issue is to the government. The government can never open an office for just one single item. But that has been done, that is one.

Secondly, we have been drawing programmes, I had told the representative of Chibok in the house of Rep and I had told my namesake Hadjia Yussuf of the programme that we intended to do before Christmas. But it was too tight and we decided we should have it during the Christmas period and we should wait until after the New Year. And we still intend to have that programme, and the programme is one of…

So, for us my Dear Sisters and Brothers from Chibok and my sisters and brothers from the movement, It is like you feel the government is insensitive to this cause, because if the government is, when you hear the things that are being done from the security agencies, the little that they can tell you because they can’t tell you everything that is being done to bring back the girls, that is one, and secondly you have heard that this is what we have done and thank God I had informed the leadership of the movement, Hadjia Aisha Yussuf, and even the member of the house of Rep representing you that “this” is what we have done so far on the social welfare part and “this” is what we intend to do. I told them and I write a letter at the time. But you (Hadjia Aisha Yussuf) told me that we should take it to the Unity Fountain, that we will meet you. My officer went there 3 times without meeting any member of the group. But I said well, it was Christmas and New Year period.

I have no reason to lie to you, if I didn’t do it, I will tell you I didn’t do it. Because we wrote a letter, they went there three times because I had actually told your leader Mrs Aisha Yussuf that I was going to write a letter and I asked her I wanted an address to which I should send the letter, and you told me to send it to the Unity Fountain. If I didn’t intend to write a letter, I wouldn’t have looked for your number, called you and asked where to deliver the letter. Because your people are shouting that “it’s not true, It’s not true” and I have no reason to lie to anybody here.

So, my brother and Sister, the government has not left you, the government has not rescinded on the promises they made to you for you to say you are going to sit here until Mr. President comes. With due respect, I think it’s not nice enough because in the first place, Mr. President is a busy person and he has a schedule. If we had been told earlier than you told us, we would have made Mr. President present here and speaking to you. We still intend to have that programme we didn’t have at the end of the year so that Mr President can be there to see you and talk to you.

What Mr. President will tell you is not more than what he told you before that we are making effort and the promises that he made which he had directed us and the security people to do, so I plead with you to talk with us, Mr. President sent us here, the Minister of Defense is here, the National Security Officer is here, the Chief of Defense staff is here, I am here on the social welfare part representing the government. I think Mr. president has done especially with the short notice that you have given for today’s programme. Today is your programme and it is not too good to say you will just come and very short notice and see the President, so I am begging you, I’m pleading with you to agree to see us. Tell us whatever you can, whatever you want to tell us. and we will tell you what the government is doing. So that when we arrange that programme, Mr. President can still come see you tell you what the govt is doing, and we can still tell you what the government is doing because these are the officers responsible for bringing back the girls and we want them back alive.

And the social welfare aspect, I am responsible. My ministry is responsible, I have the office, I have the desk, the desk officer is here, Mrs Bulus,

(to Mrs Bulus) can you come forward please?

Mrs Bulus is the Deputy Director and in the letter we write to you, we gave her number, my number, you have our numbers and we say you can reach us 24/7 on whatever you want to find out. we are the liaison, that office in the Ministry of Women Affairs is the liaison between the government, you the group, and the parents. And we said 24 hours you can call us, 7 days a week.

You can call us at any time and ask your questions or tell your grievances to us and we will forward it to the government. Ok?

So, I will now hand over to the Minister of Defense, to tell you… and in the budget for this year we have planned mobile consulting clinics to be visiting you, to be counselling you, to be talking with you so that you can feel some relief before our children are brought back. We pray that we get them today but it’s not within our making, these children have been gone long before this government came to power, and you have heard promises. We don’t want to bring them as corpses to you to bury. We want to bring them alive, and we have to go slowly to make sure that they are brought alive.

As Singapore Mourns Lee Kwan Yew, Here’s A Recap Of The Famous Quotes By Author Of From Third World To First

Singapore plunged into mourning and world leaders united in tribute Monday after the death of Lee Kuan Yew, the iron-fisted politician who forged a prosperous city-state out of unpromising beginnings.

His son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, issued a statement before dawn announcing the passing of his 91-year-old father at Singapore General Hospital following a long illness.

He declared seven days of national mourning until the former leader is cremated on March 29.

“He fought for our independence, built a nation where there was none, and made us proud to be Singaporeans. We won’t see another like him,” the prime minister said in an emotional televised address.

Onlookers chanted “Mr Lee, Mr Lee” as a white hearse carrying his remains entered the Istana state complex at midday for a two-day private family wake before lying in state at Parliament House.

At the entrance, Singaporeans, some teary-eyed, left personal tributes and signed a condolence board.

US President Barack Obama led world leaders in hailing Lee, who turned a small territory lacking its own natural resources into a world player in finance, trading and shipping — all the while with a heavy political grip that was long decried by rights campaigners.

“He was a true giant of history who will be remembered for generations to come as the father of modern Singapore and as one of the great strategists of Asian affairs,” Obama said in a statement.

China lauded Lee’s “historic contributions” to their relationship after the Communist leadership embarked on dramatic economic reforms from 1978.

President Xi Jinping said Lee was “widely respected by the international community as a strategist and a statesman”.

Tributes also came in from a host of international leaders including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the prime ministers of Malaysia, Britain, Japan and Australia.

we capture the quotes by Late President of Singapore, Lee Kwan Yew…

“I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens. Yes, if I did not, had I not done that, we wouldn’t be here today. And I say without the slightest remorse, that we wouldn’t be here, we would not have made economic progress, if we had not intervened on very personal matters – who your neighbour is, how you live, the noise you make, how you spit, or what language you use. We decide what is right. Never mind what the people think.”
Lee Kuan Yew

“To straddle the middle ground and win elections, we have to be in charge of the political agenda. This can only be done by not being beaten in the argument with our critics. They complain that I come down too hard on their arguments. But wrong ideas have to be challenged before they influence public opinion and make for problems. Those who try to be clever at the expense of the government should not complain if my replies are as sharp as their criticisms.”
Lee Kuan Yew, From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: 1965-2000.

“I ignore polling as a method of government. I think that shows a certain weakness of mind – an inability to chart a course whichever way the wind blows, whichever way the media encourages the people to go, you follow. If you can’t force or are unwilling to force your people to follow you, with or without threats, you are not a leader.”
Lee Kuan Yew

“Mine is a very matter-of-fact approach to the problem. If you can select a population and they’re educated and they’re properly brought up, then you don’t have to use too much of the stick because they would already have been trained. It’s like with dogs. You train it in a proper way from small. It will know that it’s got to leave, go outside to pee and to defecate. No, we are not that kind of society. We had to train adult dogs who even today deliberately urinate in the lifts.”
Lee Kuan Yew

“I started off believing all men were equal. I now know that’s the most unlikely thing ever to have been, because millions of years have passed over evolution, people have scattered across the face of this earth, been isolated from each other, developed independently, had different intermixtures between races, peoples, climates, soils… I didn’t start off with that knowledge. But by observation, reading, watching, arguing, asking, and then bullying my way to the top, that is the conclusion I’ve come to.”
Lee Kuan Yew

“Supposing Catherine Lim was writing about me and not the prime minister…She would not dare, right? Because my posture, my response has been such that nobody doubts that if you take me on, I will put on knuckle-dusters and catch you in a cul de sac…Anybody who decides to take me on needs to put on knuckle dusters. If you think you can hurt me more than I can hurt you, try. There is no other way you can govern a Chinese society.”
Lee Kuan Yew

“Political reform need not go hand in hand with economic liberalisation. I do not believe that if you are libertarian, full of diverse opinions, full of competing ideas in the market place, full of sound and fury, therefore you will succeed.”
Lee Kuan Yew

“He took over, and he said: ‘If I have to shoot 200,000 students to save China from another 100 years of disorder, so be it.’” – Recalling how former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping dealt with the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests”
Lee Kuan Yew

“Put it this way. As long as Jeyaretnam [Workers’ Party leader] stands for what he stands for — a thoroughly destructive force for me — we will knock him. There are two ways of playing this. One, a you attack the policies; two, you attack the system. Jeyaretnam was attacking the system, he brought the Chief Justice into it. If I want to fix you, do I need the Chief Justice to fix you? Everybody knows that in my bag I have a hatchet, and a very sharp one. You take me on, I take my hatchet, we meet in the cul-de-sac. That’s the way I had to survive in the past. That’s the way the communists tackled me. He brought the Chief Justice into the political arena. He brought my only friend in university into our quarrel. How dare he!”
Lee Kuan Yew

“That was the year the British decided to get out and sell everything. So I immediately held an election. I knew the people will be dead scared. And I won my bet big-time. The gullible fools! ”

Lee Kuan Yew

“You know, the cure for all this talk is really a good dose of incompetent government. You get that alternative and you’ll never put Singapore together again: Humpty Dumpty cannot be put together again… my asset values will disappear, my apartments will be worth a fraction of what they were, my ministers’ jobs will be in peril, their security will be at risk and their women will become maids in other people’s countries, foreign workers. I cannot have that!” – Justifying million-dollar pay hike for Singapore ministers”
Lee Kuan Yew

“If, for instance, you put in a Malay officer who’s very religious and who has family ties in Malaysia in charge of a machine gun unit, that’s a very tricky business. We’ve got to know his background… I’m saying these things because they are real, and if I don’t think that, and I think even if today the Prime Minister doesn’t think carefully about this, I and my family could have a tragedy.”
Lee Kuan Yew

“When you’re Singapore’s leader and your existence depends on performance – extraordinary performance, better than your competitors – when that performance disappears because the system on which it’s been based becomes eroded, then you’ve lost everything… I try to tell the younger generation that and they say the old man is playing the same record, we’ve heard it all before. I happen to know how we got here and I know how we can unscramble it.” – On one freak election result ruining Singapore”
Lee Kuan Yew

“If Mr Mah is unable to defend himself, he deserves to lose. No country in the world has given its citizens an asset as valuable as what we’ve given every family here. And if you say that policy is at fault, you must be daft.” – when asked about a Straits Times report that cited keen opposition interest in contesting Tampines GRC, which National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan helms, so that they can raise the affordability of public housing as an election issue”
Lee Kuan Yew

“The task of the leaders must be to provide or create for them a strong framework within which they can learn, work hard, be productive and be rewarded accordingly. And this is not easy to achieve.”
Lee Kuan Yew, The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew


The Fight We’ve All Been Waiting For, Amber Rose & The Kardashians Washing Their Dirty Linen…

Finally, the day has come when the Kardasians and Amber Rose offload their long kept grievances.

The Cold War turned to boiling water on Twitter when Khloe Kardashian quoted Amber, when she said she started stripping at age 15 to assist her family.

Seemed like Khloe took up on Amber because she dissed Tyga, who is dating the Kardashian 17 year old, Kylie Jenner. They went as far as calling each other ashawo (whore).






















International Tattoo Festival: Extreme Body Modification (Viewer Discretion)

Tattooed eyeballs, forked tongues and tunnelled flesh were on display at the Caracas International Tattoo Festival as body modification aficionados gathered for the annual event.

Reuters photographer Jorge Silva photographed some of the participants and asked them what inspired their interest in the art form.


“My motivation is the freedom to do with my body whatever I want,” said Carlos, pictured above. “Not everyone can enjoy this freedom.”

Tattoo and body modification artist Kala Kaiwi is a Guinness World Record holder for the largest non-surgically made stretch earlobes, which measure 109mm (4.3 inches) in diameter.

“I pride myself on constantly learning new techniques and procedures in order to be on the forefront of the modifications culture,” said Kaiwi, who began his career 20 years ago when he moved from Hawaii to Las Vegas.


Body modification artist Henry Rodriguez, also known as “Red Skull,” said he had his first tattoo when he was 12.

“I have always loved body modifications. Now I have a project: I want to be included in the Guinness World Records as the most modified man on Earth,” he said.


Luciel sticks out her bifid tongue as she poses for a portrait and says her motivation is to “break the laws of beauty.”

“I like to express genuineness, originality,” she said. “Women love to modify their bodies with breast and buttocks implants but nobody questions them. It’s widely accepted.”


“Vampire Woman,” a Mexican body modification and tattoo artist, is motivated by the drive to be different.

“I don’t want to be just another number. I’m an individualist,” she said. “I want to express freedom, beauty and tranquillity.”


7 Signs He’s Awesome In Bed

1. He clenches his hands and feet.

A physical sign that a guy is in complete ecstasy is if he’s clenching his hands and feet. When you see your guy doing this, take it as a sign he’s holding on for dear life, making sure that the encounter doesn’t end prematurely. After all, what you’re doing to him at the time might be just a little too good.

2. He wants to do it again right away.

When you’ve really blown his mind, he won’t be able to get enough. Just thinking about the sex you had will be so arousing that he’ll want to do it again. So, if he seems particularly virile, pat yourself on the back sister…you’re doing something right.

3. He remains really flirty afterwards.

Another sign that he can’t stop thinking about the sex you’ve had is if he stays heavily flirty afterwards. Many guys say that after an amazing time, they’ll send multiple saucy texts to their girl to show her how into her they are. And with the extra flirting, they’re building up anticipation for next time.

4. He’s very touchy feeling through out the day.

A guy who is into you will probably be touch feely (unless he’s really shy or completely opposed to PDA of course). A sign you’re having great sex is if he becomes even more touchy feely. Quite literally, he’s so aroused, he’s having a hard time keeping his hands to himself. While flirty texts may be his verbal reminder of how much he wants you, his constant touches are his physical reminder.

5. He tells you it was awesome.

This one is pretty obvious, but if a guy tells you you were amazing, he thinks you were amazing. He’s not saying it to be polite, he’s saying it to tell you to keep doing whatever you’re doing. Don’t brush off his compliments, take them to heart…you sex kitten!

6. It was great for you.

As the saying goes, “it takes two to tango.” If the sex felt awkward or uncomfortable to you, it probably felt that way to him too. If you thought it was hot and passionate, then guess what, he did too. Perhaps the easiest gauge of how good the sex is for him is how good the sex is for you.

7. He’s trying new moves. Most men are pretty competitive by nature. When the things you do are blowing him out of the water, he’s going to feel the need to put up a more impressive showing. If he starts pulling out moves you haven’t seen him do before, take it as a sign that he wants to please you as much as you’re pleasing him and is pulling out all the stops. And if his new moves aren’t pleasing you, do let him know. With good communication and guidance from you, he too can become a rock star in the bedroom.


Meet the Couple with a 57-Year Age Gap, “Has Nothing to do with his Fortune…”

A former playboy model has married a multi-multimillionaire who is 57 years her senior – but claims her decision it has nothing to do with his fortune.


German beauty Cathy Schmitz, 25, wed mega-rich 82-year-old lover Richard Lugner in the autumn – and has given up her telly career to live a life of luxury with him in his homeland of Vienna. The couple appeared on This Morning on Monday to defend their relationship ahead of a documentary about their age-gap airing on Wednesday night.

Filthy-rich Richard, who famously took Kim Kardashian to the Vienna ball last year and branded her ‘annoying’, is old enough to be Cathy’s grandfather, but insists the age gap doesn’t bother him. “We have to learn to be married,” Richard says.


Miley Cyrus Calls Patrick Schwarzenegger “Best Boyfriend Ever”

Miley Cyrus has shown a romantic side of her personality after a busy week brought about by issues surrounding her latest Instagram uploads. According to recent reports, the star has paid tribute to her boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger by declaring him to be “the best boyfriend” ever.

According to Daily Mail, the said photo can be found beside the image of Miley wearing a black top emblazoned with the words “I’m in love with coco”, a reference to the rapper O.T. Genasis’ hit about cocaine. However, the photo can no longer be found at Miley’s Instagram account.

The star has also been in the news since last week due to the string of cryptic and racy Instagram uploads she has been posting. Her latest Instagram post shows her pushing her hand inside her shorts.

Credit: Yahoo

Find Out What These Couples Did on Their Wedding Nights, Unlike What Singles Assume

Expectations for the wedding night are high. The goal is to have the best sex of your life in the swankiest hotel room you’ve ever stayed in — all while managing to keep your eyes open after an exceedingly exhausting day.

But that’s not always how things pan out. Below are 21 first-person accounts of how newlyweds actually spent their very first night as husband and wife, according to Redditors and HuffPost readers.

1. “Having not eaten all day due to stress and nerves, we realized we were STARVING, and ordered Chinese food from the only place open at 4 a.m. We had more sex while waiting for food, then gorged ourselves on delicious Chinese food and fell asleep watching ‘Wayne’s World.’ It was actually awesome.”

2. “She sat on the floor in front of me. We watched TV while I took the 6,000 hairpins out of her hair. It was a horrible game of pick-up sticks as they were all intertwined. After that we crashed.”

3. “We slept in separate beds! #HotelBookingError!”

4. “We were married at the courthouse by the justice of the peace. We went and had lunch afterwards, a beer, then picked up our 2-year-old and went home. No fancy wedding, dress, or trip, but I married my best friend and that alone made it the best day of my life.”

5. “It was chaste. My in-laws got us a hotel room for the night in a cutesy inn. The room was directly above theirs.”

6. “We slept then woke up and ate cake naked in bed.”

7. “We got back to the hotel, I carried her across the threshold, and we began to consummate our vows. Moments after we started, there’s a knock at the door. It’s my mom. She then said we should both come down and visit with the family. Not preferred.”

8. “It was nearly 50 years ago, but it was one of the best days of my life. We got married in the morning and after a short reception, we drove to a hotel about halfway to where we were stopping for the honeymoon. We were both sexually inexperienced so it was great fun finding out together.”

9. “Our room had this awesome giant shower with at least 15 different heads and sprayers. We talked about how cool it was for like five minutes then went to bed. My clothes didn’t make it to our hotel room so I had to walk-of-shame in my tux the next morning.”

10. “Sleeping in my husband’s room at his parents’ house after Chick-fil-A for dinner!”

11. “My wife was literally crying because I was taking too long to undo the 800 buttons on the back of her dress that was now hurting her shoulders too much to wear. Then she cried as I pulled out the 8,000 hairpins. A few strands of hair and 30 minutes later we attempted sex, both decided we were tired, said ‘f**k it,’ and went to bed cuddling. Love that woman.”

12. “We had been drinking for hours. We ran into our room, had a decent quickie, ran out into the hallway where I declared in a loud, drunken whisper, ‘I don’t have panties on,’ while following our friends to an after-party in another hotel room. Turns out my mom was behind me and howled with laughter, hugged me and told me I was the perfect daughter. Then she handed me a bottle of whiskey and sent me off with my husband to brew a wicked hangover.”

13. “We eloped without telling anyone and got married in the basement of the courthouse in Harrison, Arkansas. Went home, wife went to her overnight job while I laid on the couch and watched TV.”

14. “We had our hotel room the day before the wedding. Got to the church, did our thing, had a blast at the reception. We leave the reception, my bride tells me her period started at the church. We walked around our favorite store and bought a new board game. We played Monopoly and watched TV on the most comfortable bed we had ever slept on.”

15. “We were exhausted and got to our hotel pretty late. My wife dressed up in some sexy lingerie she got as a gift and we proceeded to crawl into bed. We ate wedding food leftovers packed up for us and had a bottle of champagne and chocolate strawberries while our dog snuggled with us and begged for scraps. It was perfect.”

16. “No sex. Only sleep. Sweet, sweet sleep.”

17. “I was eight-months pregnant when we got married. I fell asleep around 10 p.m. and my husband stayed up watching TV. I expected him to come in after a few hours so we could consummate our marriage. Nope. I woke up around 2:30 a.m. and he was still watching TV. I couldn’t fall back asleep and so I leaned over to grab my iPad to read and that’s when my water broke. Seven hours later we had our son.”

18. “You know how the back of a shampoo bottle says ‘lather, rinse, repeat’? Well it was the adult version of that in our awesome hotel room with a late checkout to catch up on the sleeping part.”

19. “My husband and I were both exhausted, so we crawled into our fancy hotel room bed. About an hour after going to bed, I woke up vomiting and with horrible diarrhea. Something I ate hadn’t settled well. My husband held my hair back as I vomited, only reinforcing the reasons I married him in the first place.”

20. “We had a snow-themed wedding, complete with the guests throwing fake snow at us when we left the reception. It was EVERYWHERE. I couldn’t get it out of my crevices, including ‘down there,’ and I had to take three showers to get it off of me. We also had to call housekeeping to bring us another set of sheets, because it was like sleeping on sand.

21. “We had to stop at the drugstore to buy condoms. I was still in my wedding dress.”



Kylie Jenner Pregnant?

Kylie Jenner is reportedly pregnant, with sources close to the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star saying she is expecting a child with her rapper boyfriend.

 A new report from In Touch Weekly claims that Kylie and boyfriend Tyga have been getting very serious, and that sources claim the 17-year-old may be pregnant. Kylie is eight years younger than Tyga, who is 25. This has many fingers pointing to mom Kris Jenner, who is famously involved in her daughters’ reality television careers.

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Ronaldo Says His Son is a Messi Fan

Cristiano Ronaldo’s son Cris junior is a Lionel Messi fan the boy’s father said after they met up with the Argentina captain at the Ballon D’Or ceremony in Zurich on Monday.

After Ronaldo was named 2014 Ballon D’Or winner, beating four-time winner Messi into second place, the two players had a friendly exchange in the lobby of Zurich’s Kongresshaus when Cris pointed at Messi and then stood up to greet him.

Real Madrid’s Portugal captain Ronaldo told his arch-rival Messi: “He watches a video on the internet of all of us and he talks about you,” prompting a coy reaction from his son. Barcelona forward Messi chuckled and asked the young Cristiano how he was doing. “You are embarrassed now!” Ronaldo then laughed to his son.

Ronaldo received his third Ballon D’Or on Monday with the Portuguese or Messi having won the award every year since 2008.

Credit: Reuters

#CommentSpotlight: GMB & GEJ Share Warm Hug…

       “…And the ignorant followers are busy fighting and killing themselves!”

Today, we saw President Jonathan and General Buhari sharing a warm hug and holding hands in the bid to promote a violent free election. This is indeed a lesson to all Nigerians and a reminder that we all can vote without exhibiting violence or negatively rubbing our differences on each other’s faces.

Remember, regardless of political party or ethnic region, this election is all about NIGERIA!!! Hence, this comment on our post concerning the report is on our comment spotlight. (Click on images for clarity)



Flower Girl, Ring Bearer Walk Down Aisle Again as Bride & Groom

Briggs Fussy and Brittney Husbyn once served as ring bearer and flower girl at a Minnesota wedding — and two decades later they would walk down the aisle a second time. This past weekend, though, the 22-year-olds weren’t just presenting rings or tossing petals. They were the bride and groom.

In 1995, Fussy stood in as the ring bearer while Husbyn walked as the flower girl in his godmother’s wedding. “We were 3 years old, I think,” Fussy said. “It was my godmother’s wedding and Brittney’s mom worked with her. She needed a flower girl.”

The pair reunited in 2007. “Brittney and I met in high school when she sat in front of me in government class” Fussy told ABC News. “One day, she went home to ask her mom about me. I have a pretty unique name [Briggs], so that must of stuck out to her.”

Husbyn discovered that her classmate was, indeed, the boy she knew from the wedding years ago. “We were in class and she had a picture with her from the wedding,” Fussy said. “I started to laugh because it was the same one we had hanging in the hallway at home, but I never knew who she was. That wedding was the only time I ever saw her.”

Fussy and Husbyn, who were dating different people at the time, became a couple two years after their rendezvous. The pair went on to attend Mankapo State University together, where they still study today.

On Saturday, Jan. 10, Fussy and Husbyn married among 310 family and friends — all of whom continue to find the couple’s coincidence a pretty remarkable one.

“Everybody loves it — especially my godmother, she takes all the credit,” Fussy said. “It’s constantly brought up that we walked down the aisle together again.”

Since their story has gone public, the newlyweds have been reveling in the positive attention. “We never expected having all this popularity, but we’re enjoying it,” Fussy said. “We will definitely print out the articles and keep them around. I’ll show them to my kids.”


See Amber Roses’ Barber

Most ladies, especially in the entertainment industry flaunt their weaves and long hair as a beauty plus, as hair is commonly referred to as the glory of a woman.

Amber Rose, however being among a few percentage of women who pride in going bald has proven that beauty is beyond wearing weaves and long hair. She has carved a niche for herself in the industry and has been long carrying her bald identity which she reveals to be what has made her exceptionally different from the rest.

Well today, Amber reveals to us who her barber is. She posted a selfie of the two of them and tells her fans in her caption that he is her barber, what many women would refer to as “hair stylist”.

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Have You Seen Floyd Mayweather’s $6 Million Exotic Car Collection???

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s nickname is “Money” for a good reason. He’s practically made of cash. According to Forbes, the flamboyant boxing legend made more than $105 million in 2014 alone.  And boy, does he know how to spend it!

Money Mayweather recently tweeted out photo of his jet along with a collection exotic cars with the words “Welcome to my world.”

  For those who are curious, here’s a breakdown of everything in Money’s photo — and their approximate values:

A. Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano — $350,000

B. Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet —  $170,000

C. Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 — $400,000

D. Ferrari 458 Italia Spider — $260,000

E. Floyd “Money” Mayweather — networth est. $280 million.

F.  Ferrari 458 Italia Spider — $260,000

G. Gulfstream GIII — est. $2 million.

H. Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport — $1.9 million

I. Bugatti 16.4 Veyron — $1.3 million

J. Bugatti 16.4 Veyron —  $1.3 million

The total value of Mayweather’s exotic car collection is roughly $5.94 million. For a guy with an estimated networth of more than $280 million, this is a drop in the bucket. After all, we’re talking about the same guy who reportedly keeps $123 million in a single bank account.

Mayweather doesn’t claim to be an automotive collector in the same realm as a Jay Leno or a Jerry Seinfeld. Rather, he seems to be a guy who enjoys having nice things around — multiple copies of the same nice things. At the end of the day, driving the same Bugatti everyday of the week would be…uncivilized.

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If Your Guy Does These Things, Congrats! You Found a Real Man

1. He is hygienic, but cleans his nails and trims his nose hairs outside of a nail salon.

2. He can balance both swag and sophistication and a career and a personal life without too many proverbial exclamation points (and certainly not multiple ones in a text message. No, no, no).

3. He reserves his “LOL” for actual laughter, which he exudes out loud and often.

4. He isn’t looking to play “pen pal” with you through your iPhone because he knows that all text and no play makes Johnny a very dull boy.

5. When he’s interested in a woman, he doesn’t wait three days to call her, but he does actually call her, and when he does, he asks her out for dinner, makes reservations, picks a great bottle of wine (because he knows how to) and then makes sure she gets home safely.

6. If he wants to see her again, he lets her know, and if he doesn’t, he politely lets her know that it was a pleasure to spend time with her, even if it wasn’t. He does, however, let her know gently and firmly enough that he’s not interested so that she doesn’t waste her time thinking it might become something it won’t.

7. He reads actual books and newspapers and holds opinions on everything from scotch pairings to world events all the while understanding that not all of his opinions are facts and that not everyone has to agree with him in order for him to maintain his relationships or his manhood. In fact, he enjoys it when you don’t agree with him because it means he gets to indulge you in a good debate or leave you thinking a little bit harder about things than when you sat down in front of him.

8. He opens doors and takes coats, not because he feels a woman is weak, but because he is strong enough to show that he cares about the comfort of those around him.

9. Sure, he might want to get into a woman’s bed, but he’s also interested in getting into her head as experience has shown him that seduction is a delicate dance and the man who resides in her mind has conquered every other part of her.

10. He appreciates a woman who shows she cares for him, but he isn’t interested in being courted. He enjoys taking the lead in courting and doesn’t need to be “chased” because he’s in desperate need of an ego stroke. He also won’t play “puppy dog” to a woman who takes advantage of this.

11. He doesn’t look to be anyone’s father or savior, and he doesn’t pretend to be the leading man in any woman’s fairy tale. He’s just a man looking for a partner who can slay her own dragons, pay her own bills and explore the world alongside him.

12. He looks for a woman who doesn’t need him, but wants him, not for money or the happiness or a baby or a safety net, but solely for who he is.

13. He has a career, a hobby, a family of close friends and a favorite way to have his steak prepared and he isn’t the least bit intimidated when the woman in front of him shares these qualities; quite the contrary, it makes him want her more.

14. He has taken the time to get to know himself and has a strong understanding of his own character and convictions, what he values and what he doesn’t. He is a man who is honest with himself about himself and therefore is OK being honest with those around him.

15. He takes as much pride in the way he treats women he’s with as he does his job and the way he looks.

16. He’s not the bad boy, a good boy, or a boy at all; he’s a man. A leading man, and he’s looking not for a good girl, but a great woman. One who shares all of the solid qualities that he brings to the table, and perhaps, can teach him something along the way. He’s willing to wait and work for this woman, to fight for her and will gladly hold out for her as long as he needs to. But when she comes along, he doesn’t sit on the fence; he’s smart enough to know when he’s gotten damned lucky. And when she finds him, she should be smart enough to know the same.


Important Facts About Marriage (Must Read)

These are facts regarding marriage posted by a facebook user:

1. The next worst thing outside death is a bad marriage.
2. The choice of whom you marry determines the course of your life.
3. A wedding cake is the only cake that can give you indigestion the rest of your life.
4. They say, ”Love is blind,” but marriage will open your eyes. Then you will know whether he snores heavily or she salivates in her sleep.
5. A successful marriage consists of God at the top, the man and woman answer to Him.
6. After the wedding, it is too late for regret.
7. Don’t tell me his wallet is fat; don’t say she greets my mum on her two knees……. Get God’s opinion first and make it your pillar.
8. Marriage is not for boys and girls.
9. Marriage is a lifetime contract; DO NOT RUSH.
10. It is better for people to laugh at you for marrying late than to be unable to laugh after your marriage. DEY NO DEY CANE OR PUNISH LATE COMER O.
11. The choice of whom you marry determines the totality of you.

Nigerian Music Industry: 2014 In Review

2014 has been a massive year in the music industry with great hits and lots of revelations. As for the friends in the industry, well… we’re proud of each and everyone of you but some of you need to chill on the hustle though. There were couple of tweet-fights. Stop acting desperate. It’s never that serious.

OK, let’s get back to business…

Omo Baba Olowo ( O.B.O ), the baddest, has been dynamic, hardworking and unique this year. He gave us a banger earlier this year followed by great hits that rocked the air waves. AYE, song of the year ( Headies, 2014) , produced by T Spize, was undoubtedly one of the best hits in 2014. It was a memorable year for Davido, as he scooped 22 awards in the year 2014. He plans to release his sophomore album April, 2015.

God bless Don Jazzy… he’s indeed an enigma. I’m loyal to him any day, any time but I pray Mavins would live up to its full potentials. The Mavins gave us major hits for the year – SURULERE, ADAOBI, DOROBUCCI, GENTLEMAN amongst many others, that rocked the country after which DOROBUCCI was awarded the pop single of the year ( Headies, 2014). Don Jazzy did it before with Mo’Hits. I believe he can do it again ”IDJA”, with the signing of Rookie of the year ( Headies, 2014), Reekado Banks, Korede Bello and Aphro Di’ja…

Tuface has really chilled these days… been a family man ain’t easy talk less of been a multi-family man. Respect anyday, any time. Another Legend.

Shallah to Wizkid though… I believe the entire Starboy is on his shoulders and yes, he hasn’t failed us yet. Having dropped his second album AYO ( JOY) in 2014 with great collabos featuring top artistes, Wizkid should keep up the good work. 2015 promises to be a better year.

Banky W has always been a boss, give it to him. He gave us something we held on to – ( JAIYE ORI MI ) in the year 2014.

Skales, one of the major hit-makers for the year 2014 ( SHAKE BODY ). I pray for Skales and hope you guys would appreciate his hustle… that nigga is talented, don’t take that away from him.

Yeah, back to the street of Bariga …

The King Baddo, himself with the YBNL crew had a great 2014 and are still much in the game. They created SHOKI, they trended it and here it is, almost everybody is dancing it.

Olamide’s songs; AWON GOONS MI and STORY FOR GODS made our best naija songs for the year 2014. Kingin, as Olamide is mostly called, dropped his fourth album titled STREET O.T, which was among the best selling naija albums for the year 2014. Olamide revealed the sensational Shoki crooner, Lil Kesh through his record label, YBNL and he’s been doing good ever since.

Victor… the new year would reveal.

Have I said something about Dem Mama Records… Timaya wasn’t ommitted in the year 2014. He released some club bangers. He was also signed as MTN brand ambassador this year. Timaya was notably credited for the emergence of the Next Rated Artiste for the year (Headies 2014), Patoranking with his first official track, ALUBARIKA followed by major tracks like GIRLIE ft Tiwa Savage, HAPPY DAY.

Big ups to my brother, Sean Tizzle, he has kept the hustle real, releasing his debut album and some classic videos off the album. The album titled THE JOURNEY bagged the Best RnB album ( Headies, 2014 ) and it was dropped under his record label – Difference Entertainment – managed by the Real DTunes, a renowned producer in the industry.

I will try and study the Capital Hill family but I do believe they have potentials, funny thing is I always had my focus on Ms. Kedike, Chidinma and Phyno … Shout-out to the big boss, iLLBliss. ALOBAM !

A few talents came out strong in 2014. Runtown ( GALLARDO ), Korede Bello, Pepenazi, Orezi ( YOU GARRIT ) especially. God bless your hustle hommies.

Alright… let me sign out right here. I’m hoping for the best in 2015 and yes, shout-out to the lovers of the the game especially the ones who love to take-off their clothes for the love of it, you all made the industry what it is though.




4 Huge Mistakes I Made As A Wife- Ex Wife Reveals

1. I put my children first.
It’s easy to love your own children. It takes very little effort, and they adore you no matter what. Marriage is the polar opposite: it’s work. And whenever my marriage started to feel like work, I would check out and head to Build-A-Bear Workshop or the science museum with the kids in tow. I’d often plan these adventures when I knew my husband couldn’t go (and spoil my good time). I told myself it was OK because he preferred to work anyway and always seemed grouchy on family outings. I chose most nights to cuddle with them in our bed, blaming his late-night bedtimes and snoring for the sleeping arrangement. As a result, we were hardly alone together and never had kid-free date nights. Well, maybe once a year on our anniversary.

2. I didn’t set (or enforce) boundaries with my parents.
They were at our house frequently, sometimes arriving unannounced and walking right in. They’d “help out” around the house doing things we never asked them to, like folding our laundry (incorrectly, of course). We’d vacation with them. They’d correct our children in front of us. My own fears of upsetting my parents kept me from drawing a line in the sand and asking them not to cross it. The few times I did stand up for my family’s autonomy, I didn’t hold my parents to the same standards in future. My husband, quite literally, married my entire family.

3. I emasculated him.
I thought love was about honesty, but we all know that the truth hurts. As we grew more comfortable (read: lazy) in our relationship, I stopped trying to take the sting out it. I talked smack to my girlfriends, my mom, my co-workers. All. The. Time. “Can you believe he didn’t do this?” and “Why in God’s name did he do THAT?”

Instead of building up his ego, I trampled all over it. I belittled him often, saying his job was unimportant and dismissing his friends as “hangers-on.” I berated him for doing things wrong when, in all honesty, he just wasn’t doing them my way. At times I spoke to him like a child. I controlled the family finances and grilled him over every single penny he spent. And in the bedroom — yup, you guessed it — he was doing that all wrong too, and I wasn’t shy about telling him so. As our marriage crumbled, I found myself constantly looking for faults and mistakes so that I could justify my superiority. By the end, I had zero respect for him and I made sure he knew it and felt it every day.

4. I didn’t bother to learn to fight the right way.
I know it sounds odd to suggest there is a right way to fight. But there is. I tended to keep the peace in our house by keeping my mouth shut when things were really bothering me. As you can imagine, all the small things that drove me crazy grew into a giant suppressed ball of anger that would erupt occasionally in a huge, really frightening fit of Hulk-like rage. And by rage, I mean rage in the clinical, mental-health definition kind of way. After the fact, I’d justify my anger by saying that a woman can only take so much. Looking back, I was one scary b*tch during those episodes.

I write this mea culpa not with the hopes of winning my ex back, or even wanting his forgiveness. I write this because I can’t believe how long I kept my head buried in the sand. I hope other women out there will yank theirs out and take a good look around. And while I’m still hurt that my husband chose to solve our problems in another woman’s bed when some conversation and counseling might have helped, I absolutely know that my behavior was part of what pushed him there.


If Your Guy Does These 5 Things, DON’T Marry Him!

1. He gets violent, even if he doesn’t hit you. 

You may think this is a no-brainer but honestly it isn’t. Most women I know who’ve been in abusive relationships have immense strength, only to shut down in the presence of her partner’s anger and violence. As a strong woman myself, I froze when a guy I’d been dating went into a rage one night, throwing things, damaging property and calling me names. I knew it was a deal breaker because even though he didn’t put his hands on me, he scared me. No healthy relationship can be built off a foundation of fear because you never know when his actions may escalate.

2. He cheats. 

Many people will say this point is debatable because lots of couples who have fidelity issues repair their relationship and end up in a better than where they were pre-cheating. But it’s not the act of cheating that’s the deal breaker here; it’s the disrespect, broken trust and significant risk to your health. (Hello, STDS!) With all the risks that hang in the balance for just a tiny bit of pleasure, it’s entirely inconsiderate and selfish when a man cheats on you. Do you want someone who puts his wants before your needs, like security and trust? I don’t which is why I’ve said BYE to cheating men.

3. He doesn’t claim or proclaim you.

Many women will spend time in limbo-like relationships with guys who won’t give them the girlfriend title. Here’s the truth: If you’ve been dating a man for longer than six to nine months and he’s hasn’t made you an official part of his life, it’s time to MOVE ON. Stop making excuses for why things aren’t progressing to the next level; you’ll only waste time and your time is worth more than that. These days, I don’t settle for less because I don’t want a man who makes you a bargain-bin find. If he knows your worth, he’ll claim and proclaim you and there will be few conversations about how ‘he isn’t ready.’

4. He suffers from addiction.

There are plenty of honor badges to be earned by standing by your man when he’s fallen on hard times. But CAUTION if you stick with a man fighting demons, namely addiction. Addiction can range from less-severe, like cigarettes, to major issues such as drug, alcohol and sex. Someone who suffers from an addiction will do anything — and I mean anything — to get their fix, even at the expense of those they love. So unless you’d like to be second to whatever vices he has, it may be time to ‘leave smoke.’

5. He gaslights you.

We’ve spoken about gas-lighting, which is the manipulative act of someone attempting to change your memory or perception of events in their favor, making you feel crazy or like you’ve forgotten something. But when is gas-lighting a deal breaker, you ask? The answer is when it happens! A man who resorts to manipulative tactics to have his way or ‘win’ an argument will continue to play mind games and be dishonest with you. When I experienced gas-lighting in my relationships, I felt crazy and my self-esteem plummeted until I understood the game that was being played. Take advantage of the situation and leave immediately — it’s the best thing you can do for yourself.

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50 Cent gets 78M$ Underwear Deal, Toasts Bread with Dollars

These celebrities sha know how to show off. We thought Floyd Mayweather’s money show off was the bomb, till 50 cent decided to show us how to show off.

Well, he posted this photo of himself toasting bread with plenty dollars and also posted another picture, captioning that he signed a 78m$ deal with an underwear company. See his caption below

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Are You in Abuja? International Fashion Expo(BIG SALES) & Miss Democracy 2014


Abuja had been invaded as of yesterday, 16th December, as the International Fashion Expo 2014 has began and will run through Sunday, 21st December.

This event was created for fashion enthusiasts and fashion inclined individuals who are receptive to rare edginess in fashion and also appreciate African fashion. International Fashion Expo 2014 is a fashion train that has taken off in Abuja and will move to other African countries. The Fashion Expo is featuring ace African designers from across Africa with countries like Ghana, Togo, Benin, Morocco, etc, who will be exhibiting their newest collection here in Abuja.

Many other products and items will be leased with huge discounts as all items must go, while the much expected Miss Democracy 2014 will come up on the 19th December. Leading Nigerian and Ghanaian Artists will be entertaining you alongside a world class fashion show with the best models on the runway.

Venue for this big end of the year event is The Nigerian Air Force Conference Centre and Suites, Kado Express Way, Abuja. Don’t miss this exceptional fashion experience… The Mother of all Fashion Shows!

Safaree Samuels Denies Cheating On Nicki Minaj: “Cheating Was Never An Issue”

Last month, Nicki Minaj debuted a telling track titled “Bed of Lies,” which many believed was about her breakup with longtime boyfriend, Safaree Samuels. The diary-like song fueled rumors that the pair severed ties due  to Safaree not only being insecure about his girlfriend’s success, but because he’d been unfaithful.

According to Streetz 94.5, the singer’s former hype man took to Twitter over the weekend to set the record straight and dispel cheating rumors.

“Cheating was never the issue,” he reportedly tweeted. “People grow apart and it is what it is and that’s all I’ll say about that. A lot can happen and change in 12 years.”

He went on to add that the two will always love each other even though their relationship didn’t survive. “All you see is a public figure,” he tweeted. “We will always love each other no matter what.”

Shortly after addressing the split, Safaree suspended his Twitter account and set his Instagram page to private. Nicki has yet to respond to her ex-lover’s Twitter confession, but she did post an interesting meme to her Instagram page, which she captioned: “When niggaz get what they begged for n still ain’t happy.”



5 Countries Where It’s Hardest To Become A Citizen

In addition to marriage and ancestry,  countries with high barriers to attaining citizen status may have special residency or citizenship tracks for people who fit certain categories, such as being a highly skilled professional or investing substantially in a business enterprise. But these situations don’t apply to the vast majority of prospective citizens.

Below, in alphabetical order, are five nations that make it especially difficult for foreigners to establish permanent residency or obtain citizenship:


Many EU countries have tough immigration laws, but Austria seems to have one of the lengthiest processes to become a citizen. Anyone who is not a citizen of an EU country and staying longer than six months must have a resident permit before entering the country.

People who plan to stay longer than 24 months must also sign an Integration Agreement, a process designed to enhance their German-language skills and ability “to participate in the social, economic and cultural life in Austria.”

Permanent residents must live in the country continuously for a period of 15 to 30 years before being eligible to apply for citizenship. If approved, applicants must renounce any other citizenship.


Obtaining permanent residency in Germany is difficult unless you are a citizen of another EU country. Other foreign nationals must have lived in Germany for at least five years and demonstrate competency in language, the political system and society. Applicants must also demonstrate they have an ability to earn a living and that they’ve contributed to the national pension plan, as well as having proof of accommodation.

To become a citizen, applicants must have lived in the country at least eight years (seven, if they’ve passed a competency test) and renounce citizenship in any other country.


It takes longer to be granted a Permanent Resident visa in Japan than to become a citizen. People who want to establish permanent residency must have lived in the country for a total of 10 continuous years or more.

Those who want to become a citizen of Japan must have lived in the country for five years, receive permission from the Justice Minister and complete a slew of paperwork (some have complained of unnecessary questions involving their personal lives). The process, according to the Japanese Ministry, can take six to 12 months, although those who have gone through it have reported that it can take years. If approved, applicants must be ready to renounce citizenship in other countries.


Any foreigner wanting to settle in the beauty of the Swiss Alps, or anywhere else in Switzerland, may do so for three months. To obtain a settlement, or permanent residence visa (unless you are an EU citizen), you must have lived in the country for 10 years.

If you qualify for permanent residence by the length of time you have lived in the country, you also qualify to apply for citizenship, but that is not guaranteed; applicants for citizenship must also prove they are assimilated into Swiss society. What’s more, all cantons and municipalities have their own rules about granting citizenship. Switzerland permits dual citizenship.

United States

While the United States was founded mostly by immigrants, the process for achieving permanent residency and citizenship has become even more complicated since the early 2000s and the war on terrorism. Unless a person is coming to the U.S. through family or an approved job, it is very difficult to establish permanent residency (sometimes known as receiving a green card). There are special categories for those seeking refugee or asylum status, and a lottery for others who wish to apply.

Those who have had permanent residency status for five years can begin the process of applying for citizenship by filling out the application and taking a test, which includes knowledge of history/government and English. Before becoming a citizen, people must swear an oath to the Constitution. The United States permits dual citizenship.

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The Hut

Jake Okechukwu Effoduh Represented Nigeria at the World Economic Forum Meeting at the Vatican. He shares his experience from his meeting with the Pope.

The Hut

by Jake Okechukwu Effoduh.

Insight from the World Economic Forum meeting at the Vatican

 There is a common Igbo[1] proverb that says, ‘A man who does not leave his hut will bring nothing in.’[2] This saying describes a person with self-interest who is only concerned about the business in his hut and does not see the need to go or look outside. The hut represents a mindset. It is a way of thinking, that restricts not only the individual, but also their family and community at large.

Reflecting on this proverb reveals the potential of an increasing value to an individual and the community at large when a person is willing to go outside and bring more people in. The notion of: ‘with more people in the hut, the food gets smaller for everyone’ is a deceitful concept because with more people let inside, there will be more food. There are more resources outside therefore, more people coming in, means more resources and capacities.

“Whoever looks into a mirror in order to improve himself hasn’t really changed”. The capitalist world has looked at businesses in the same mirror for many years and the image it creates is a widening gap between the rich and the poor. Perhaps it is time to look, maybe not at the mirror anymore, but the window – to see who is outside the hut and if possible open the doors to let them in.

This reason why the World Economic Forum called together 80 leaders from around the world was to explore ways of overcoming social and economic exclusion. The event was a result of the collaboration between the Holy See (Pontifical Council for the Laity) and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, and it took place on the 18th and 19th of November 2014 in Rome, Italy. The meeting was inspired by the teachings of Pope Francis contained in the book, Evangelii Gaudium[3] and his message to participants at the Annual Meeting 2014 in Davos-Klostiers[4]. His Holiness states that, ‘Business is – in fact – a vocation, and a noble vocation, provided that those engaged in it see themselves challenged by a greater meaning in life’[5].

Jake Okechukwu Effoduh Speaking With Chidiogo Akunyili, The Senior Manager Africa Of The Global Shapers Community As Well As, Mauro Ometto, A Global Shaper Of The Rome Hub.

Jake Effoduh Speaking With Chidiogo Akunyili, The Senior Manager Africa Of The Global Shapers Community As Well As, Mauro Ometto, A Global Shaper Of The Rome Hub.










Today, half of the largest 100 economies are companies[6]. The governments who are meant to be custodians of the ‘greater meaning’ are now losing economic power to the Fortune 500s. Businesses are more interested in profits than the ‘greater meaning in life’ and this has dragged the world to an extreme poverty trap. With a billion and a half of the world’s population living in slums, the current social inequality has resulted into a global economic dysfunction. Economic and social inequalities are the root causes of social evil. This is evidenced by Oxfam’s statistics revealing that more than half of the world’s population owns the same wealth as the richest 85 persons[7]. In other words, 85 individuals in a world of 7 billion are living in huts that can accommodate half of the world.

Participants at the Vatican meeting comprised of World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers, Young Global Leaders and Social Entrepreneurs communities. Also present were representatives from the Holy See, senior business leaders and global experts on inequality and social inclusion. We examined the drivers of inequality and explored novelties from the private and public sectors, and civil society that can help build more inclusive, entrepreneurial economies that are based on the principles of love and respect for all.

The outcome of the meeting was the creation of a new social contract for all human progress, which will provide essential resources for economic engagement, ensure well-functioning institutions, rights and responsibilities, and enable all global citizens to lead purposeful lives. The three areas to enable the realization of a new global mindset are: personal transformation, organizational transformation and cultural transformation.

Jake Effoduh Discussing With A Caucus Group As They Draft The "New Social Contract"

Jake Effoduh Discussing With The Caucus Group As They Draft The “New Social Contract”









On personal transformation: The Pope made it clear that people can make relevant contribution by placing their expertise at the service of those who are still in poverty; “The vocation of an entrepreneur is a noble work when it is led by a quest towards the broader meaning of life[8].” One hut can change the mindset of an entire community. One person can make the difference. Professor Klaus Schwab is one person. He founded the World Economic Forum in 1971[9] through inspiration from his own book, Moderne Unternehmensführung im Maschinenbau[10] – in which the stakeholder principle was first ever defined[11]. He is the same person who created the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship[12] in 1998, at a time when nobody knew what social entrepreneurship was! Two heads may be better than one, but one head is enough to inspire and commit others to improving the state of the world. Schwab’s ideology is that even if one hut (or stakeholder) may be too small, one must realize that there are those who do not have huts – and they constitute one and a half billion people.

The purport of organizational transformation is to create a new language in organizations. The language of using long term dynamism to meet short term goals; the language of leadership not rulership; the language of owning the responsibility for social transformation and human development. We have to evacuate ourselves from the circular economy of “take-make-waste” to “take-make-retake-remake-retake-remake.” Capitalism in its current model is unequivocally broken and it is going to get worse if we don’t incorporate ecological boundaries as well as the need to embrace equality in humanity. We need a world of plenty and not plenty for a few. Therefore there is need for organizations to transform their mindsets. It’s not about making profits but about making people.

Cultural transformations will only fruition with acceptance. We must work towards a system that embraces all people from all backgrounds, ensuring that each individual and group has the ability to contribute to a prosperous, purpose-driven world to their highest potential. They say what a man can do; a woman can do better. But why do women constitute 70% of the world’s poorest?[13] Anti-discrimination laws covering sexual orientation have an especially strong correlation with GDP per capita[14]. But do we need a business case before we advance equality? Living by the culture of your hut is like looking into the mirror to improve yourself. Stepping outside your hut will give you an opportunity to have a better perspective. Stereotypes must be unlearned.


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The new mindset is about recognizing the human dignity. It is about selflessness and sacrifice. It is ensuring that institutions exist for common good and stewardship. Businesses must be capable of feeling emotion, compassion and humanity. ‘How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?’[15]

The Qur’an instructs us to ‘give them [the poor] of the wealth of God, which He has given you’.[16] The bible says ‘whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed’[17]. Charity is a necessity in life because some of us are tested by being rich and some of us are tested by being poor, but charity is not enough. The new mindset goes beyond the thinking that the poor cannot help themselves, or that they have no capacity. Our role in helping the poor is not likened to filling up empty vessels but to ensure that the vessels are uncovered to all their potentials. There is no dignity in giving another man bread, if you are capable of teaching him how to make bread.

Social and economic exclusion is not our inescapable destiny. We can make what seems inevitable, intolerable. We need to change the mentality of “we can’t fix this world” to “we can’t have this world like this” Hence the reason why the pope calls us to action, with a sense of urgency: ‘to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruled by it’[18].


Cross Section of Participants

At The Plenary With Participants





Speaking With Experts On Inclusion


Jake Okechukwu Effoduh is one of the 4,401 Global Shapers: A Community of exceptional young individuals under the age of 30, initiated by the World Economic Forum with currently 359 independent hubs worldwide. Jake Okechukwu is the Deputy Curator of the Abuja Global Shapers Hub, one of the 5 existing hubs in Nigeria. He was invited to The Forum’s meeting at the Vatican where he worked with a selected caucus to draft the new social contract; a framework for meeting the challenge to overcoming social and economic exclusion in the world. It was submitted to, and accepted by His Holiness Pope Francis I. Email:


  • [1] A tribe from the South- Eastern region of Nigeria and one of the major spoken languages in Nigeria.
  • [2] Akporobaro F.B.O and Emovon J.A Nigerian Proverbs: Meaning and Relevance Today Nigeria Magazine, Lagos, (1994), p. 113.
  • [3] His Holiness, Pope Francis I ‘Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of the Holy Father Francis to the Bishops, Cergy, Consecrated Persons and the Lay Faithful on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World’ accessed 7th December 2014.
  • [4] The Vatican, ‘Message of Pope Francis to the Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum on the occasion of the Annual Meeting 2014 at Davos-Klosters’ (17 January 2014) Vatican.
  • [5] Ibid.
  • [6] Michael Posner, former U.S Under Secretary of State, Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, July 2012
  • [7] Oxfam International, “Number of billionaires doubles since financial crisis as inequality spirals out of control”, accessed 7 December 2014.
  • [8] Ibid. (n3).
  • [9] The history of the World Economic Forum, accessed 7 December 2014.
  • [10] Meaning “Modern Management in Mechanical Engineering”
  • [11] This concept states that the management of an enterprise is not only accountable to its shareholders but must also serve the interests of all stakeholders, including employees, customers, suppliers and, more broadly, government, civil society and any others who may be affected or concerned by its operations.
  • [12]
  • [13] Carly Fiona on ABC’s “This Week” January 12th 2014. accessed 7 December 2014.
  • [14] The Williams Institute, ‘The Relationship between LGBT Inclusion and Economic Development: An Analysis of Emerging Economies’ (2014) P.2.
  • [15] Ibid. (n3), P. 53.
  • [16] The Holy Quran, Verse 24:33.
  • [17] The Holy Bible; Proverbs 19:17.
  • [18] Ibid. (n4).

Shocking Details into Why Ini Edo’s Marriage Failed

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The widely speculated reason for Ini Edo’s failed marriage has been the issue of infidelity that the husband alleged. But was that the main reason the couple went their separate ways?

According to a source close to the couple and was there when the romance started in 2008, and remained close to the now divorced couple, the media has been scratching the surface of what indeed was a story of irreconcilable differences the actress endured for over six years of her marriage to her estranged husband; and why she gave her all to sustain the marriage. It is a story as told by an insider who knew the couple way back from New York, where Philips once lived, before moving to Texas, then to Atlanta and now Ghana.

“I think Ini Edo was badly in love. Philips was a charmer and, as a human being and deeply in love, she followed her heart. It is so sad that a woman blessed with such a good heart could be treated in such a hurtful manner. Most people may not know, but Ini Edo is a dedicated and totally committed spouse any man could hope to have. That’s why she endured all she did, for six years without letting the world know the pain she was going through in her marriage,” the source stated. “Most people do not know that Ini Edo gave up a lot of acting jobs to be with her husband in America and, unlike the widely peddled story that the actress was involved in romantic relationships with other men, for the six years that Ini was married to Philips, she never cheated on him.  Ini Edo adored and loved Philips; she was very fond of him, cooked his meals personally, and was practically splitting her time between two continents, all in her efforts to be a good wife.

“ There is no doubt that Ini was madly in love with her ex-husband. In a 2009 interview she had with my newspaper, The Diasporan Star in New York, she effusively declared her fidelity to Phillips and debunked all the stories of her liaisons with other men. “I am usually at a loss when I read stories about my sexual relationships with phantom figures and personalities. It is really astonishing when people just manufacture stories, give them legs and let them fly when they know the stories are absolutely false,” she had said.

“It is perfectly legitimate for men to have designs and desires on stars. I was recently voted by the public as Nollywood’s Sexiest Actress. So it comes with the territory that men would want to date me. The question then becomes: do you fall prey to every man that comes your way? The answer is absolutely “no”. I was raised well by my parents and I have always been a one-man lady. All the sexual shenanigans that the media have associated me with are all false. The problem with our journalists is that if they saw you at a coffee shop with a man – just any man – even if that man is your cousin or brother, they will automatically assume that that is your new lover, and without asking questions, will rush to publish that you were seen at a coffee shop with a new lover.

“I have lost count of the number of such innocent outings with family members, friends that the media misconstrued that I was dating. What the media failed to understand was that I had not allowed stardom and celebrity to becloud my values. What they did not realize was that I wanted to be married, and start a family, and that the notion that I was some kind of a sexually crazed hormone raging young woman, was totally false and a bad reading of who I am.

“Did I have friends in the past? Of course, just like any other young and single woman out there, I had friends. Did that make me an out-of control sexual goddess? Absolutely not! It has been very painful for me each time I read all the stories written about me, stuffs that are patently false. I have, however, come to accept it as part of the price you pay for stardom. I just wished they could do a little investigation before rushing to publish.

“One story that pained me a lot is the notion that I snatched Philips from his ex-wife – Ruth Okoro – while she was recuperating from cancer treatment. Nothing could be further from the truth. The ex-wife said I was callous and mean-spirited to have done so. Initially, I had wanted to ignore what she had said about me. But I would like to use this medium to state that I did not take Philips from Ruth Okoro.

“When Philips came into my life, he was a single man, with no marital encumbrances. ••••

Philips was divorced from Ruth at the time we began seeing each other. So, I do not understand what she is talking about. I remember asking Philips to come clean with me, and tell me everything that had happened between him ‘and his ex-wife. I demanded to know if he was still married to her, and Philips said “no” and produced a divorce paper to back up his claim. It was after that that we began dating.

“ There is no way I would have dated him if he was still married to Ruth. My values would have been in conflict with that. There is no way I would have dated and agreed to marry Philips if I knew that he had abandoned his wife in hospital while she was recuperating from cancer treatment.

“ That would have been a huge turn-off. The Philips I met and got married to is a perfect family man – a dependable, God-fearing man who treasures his family. Philips was there for his ex-wife throughout her hospitalization, and she knows it. Let me also add here as a piece of advice to our fellow women: If you had a home, one that you truly love and appreciate,  treat that home as a prized possession. Treat your husband well.

“There is nothing to gain if you maltreat your husband, and make his life miserable. Men do not like that. I hope Ruth understands and appreciates the depth of what I am saying here. That will be my response to everything she has said about me – all the negative things she has written and caused to be written about me. “Philips and I met during one of his many visits to Nigeria, and I realized I had met the man of my dream. When that special person who excites the passion in you comes along, you begin to do things that are out of range – you begin to be consumed by his thoughts – you begin to send text

messages, call him all the time and just feel so much in love. That was the way I felt when Philips came along. I knew that he was the man for me.“I realized that we had the same outlook about life, that I could start a sentence and he would finish it for me, and would convey the same thoughts I had in mind. When I took him to see my parents, they wholeheartedly accepted him, even though he is not from my part of the world -that is a testament to Philips’ humanity that is very, very transparent. “Philips and I have the same ideology, and I am excited and happy to be his wife. Our attraction is mutual, our focus is interlocked and what a great family man he is! Philips calls my family even more regularly than myself. He would just call to find out how they are doing. He has such good heart and kind spirit that is just a beauty to behold.

“That is the man I met and agreed to marry. All other depictions are borne out of malice and hate, and we do not even want to dignify their hate with a response. Our marriage is a celebration of love borne out of deep sense of mutual attachment, trust and abiding companionship. The machinations of the naysayers will not hold”. Perhaps one should ask, what happened to a marriage that appeared to have been made in heaven as attested to by Ini Edo in her interview. Our source stated that the marriage began to experience challenges months after the wedding that took place in Houston, Texas.

“Philips financial stability was still a work in progress but as a dedicated wife, Ini was determined to support and encourage her husband. She wanted him to be more frugal and to invest whatever resources he had in things that will yield some dividends. But things did not quite work out, “ the source said.

“ Ini Edo is very industrious and wanted combined efforts from her husband to get things done. Eventually fights began to occur. The last straw that broke the camel’s back was the house Ini bought in Lekki, a beautiful edifice.“Philips wanted it to be a joint property, but Ini vehemently said no, that she would have none of that. Philips was said to have threatened to move out of their home if Ini refused to put his name on the deed. She stood her grounds and Philips also made good his threat. He moved out of the house and took up residence with another lady in Accra, Ghana which has been his home for the past six months.  All entreaties by family members for Philips to return home were rebuffed; he wanted his name on the deed or no marriage. For three months, Ini Edo did not set her eyes on her husband and he had started flaunting his new girlfriend to spite Ini. Scheduled appointments by her father in-law to resolve the issue amicably were rebuffed by Philips and ini was shocked.

“ There is no truth to the story that was peddled that Ini Edo was involved in extra-marital affairs. It was Philips who actually did not respect the sanctity of his marital vows. While still legally married, he left his matrimonial home and moved in with  another lady in Ghana”. When I contacted Ini Edo and asked her to conform what our source had told us, she said she was done with that chapter of her life and was looking forward to new possibilities.

“Ekerete, you were there when we started dating and eventually got married. Does anything that has been written about me, remotely resembles who and what I am about? I wish Philips the best in life”, she said. Efforts to contact Philips were not successful, but we hope someday to get his own side of the story.

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Seven Steps to Finding True Love

Step 1: Envision your ideal mate
You’ve got to know what it is you want before you “put it out there to the universe,” so spend some time honestly evaluating your marriage, past relationships and any crushes you may have had along the way. This will help you figure out the must-have qualities in a good partner for you. “Writing those traits down helps keep you focused,” says Harrell. “State clearly what you do want (“He/She is loyal”), not what you don’t (“My partner won’t cheat”).

Step 2: Tackle your own insecurities about dating and relationships
If you try to meet someone great while you’re still grappling with self-doubt, any minor setback could be interpreted as further “proof” that you’re not cut out for dating. But by taking responsibility for whatever emotional work you still need to do after the end of a relationship, you’re able to experience each new person on his or her own merits. This is much better than unrealistically expecting a new partner to “fix” what’s missing in your life.

Step 3: Focus only on the good things after each date
Not every attempt at romance is going to work out, but you can put even the worst dates to work for you in a positive way. “At least 90% of the time, you can say at least one positive thing about a date… find something that you liked about it,” says Lori Gorshow, a dating coach. “Maybe she had amazing eyes or you like how he really listened. Use that information to better know what you’re looking for in a long-term partner.”

Step 4: Convince yourself that you’re worthy of lasting love
Of course, finding the right person won’t do much good if you don’t believe you’re worthy of having him or her as your eventual spouse. You can break those old self-doubting habits by creating a personal mantra worth repeating to yourself regularly. Your affirmation can be anything you say to yourself in the present tense that’s simple, concise, and positive (think: “I have a healthy, loving relationship,” or “I’m a beautiful person worth loving”).

Step 5: Be picky about the people whom you choose to date
Your list of “must-haves” may seem like it’s decimating your field of potential mates, but really, it’s only weeding out the misfires. “When people are hurt, they sometimes think they have to take advantage of any opportunity available,” says Gorshow. “But at a certain point, you’re just wasting your own time.” A dating checklist empowers you to screen for red flags and move on when you see them instead of spending more time on each person “just in case” there’s potential.

Step 6: Let your positive self-image shine through on dates
A good attitude isn’t just the key to finding more dates — demonstrating the right outlook can also ensure you keep other quality singles interested in taking things to the next level. “People are generally more attracted to someone with a positive attitude than a negative person,” says Harrell. So when you’re out with a new love interest, be sure to talk about the things you truly love and that make you light up (i.e., your favorite hobbies, a trip you took recently with friends) rather than dwelling on unpleasant subjects (like why you’re still single, or how rude your waiter is being to you both tonight).

Step 7: Have an outlet for dealing with day-to-day stress
You’ll stay more positive about dating when you are able to keep your life’s everyday stressors in perspective. “Have a routine that helps you deal with stress, whether it’s exercise, sports, spa treatments, or mantras,” advises Riche. “Find something that feeds your soul and quiets your mind and do it regularly, not just when there’s something stressful going on.”


Village Man Invades Lagos Fashion Week | City Bishop Debuts

City Bishop is a comedy show about the adventures of Bishop Edoghogho Isoko Ogheneoboakpororo a journalist from the village of Isoko (Delta State) in the city Lagos.

His mission to explore urban culture and export back home. This episode he invades the glamourous Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2014.


Bishop Edoghogho Isoko Ogheneoboakpororo is a young man in his late 20s. A Native of Igbide, Isoko – a community known for fishing, farming and boat making. He is single, but has three kids from different women who don’t stay with him. His mother is alive, but his dad is late. He is the 7th of 11 kids. Bishops mom is a farmer, his dad was a fish farmer.

Bishop is a graduate of Fisheries technology from the prestigious Ozoro polytechnic, Isoko. Bishop has virtually spent all his life in the village and has never been to the city prior to now. As recipient of the Isoko Rural- Urban Transformation Fund, he arrive the city to investigate the urban lifestyle and culture, to study and assimilate, document and take it back to the village. His aim is to take a mega city down to Isoko. Lagos has been referred to as the preferred city to study and emulate.

Signs He/She is the “One”

1. He/She tells you things you don’t tell anyone else:

This goes beyond random talks. If there is a desire to share intimate details about your lives; this means you both trust each other, which implies a major component of successful long-term love.

2. He/She lets you see his/her weak moments:

It’s easy to be happy with someone when you’re feeling good about life. But what about when you’re not doing so well? Do you want to see her when you’ve been denied a raise, or your cat died or you had a plain old bad day? She/He should be a comfort during tough times, not a burden.

3. Respect:

You don’t want to change the essence of who he/she is. There may be stuff that irritates you in everyday life, but you accommodate and respect what they like, eat, watch and often do.

4. He/She wants you to meet his/her parents:

You feel proud of him/her and you want to show him/her off—as opposed to feeling like you have to make excuses for him/her.

5. You can imagine a future together:

You don’t have to practice writing your first name with his last name, but do you periodically let your mind wander to picture a life together? Is it amazing? You mostly discuss about the kind of house you want or probably how many kids you would like to have, without deliberately planning to discuss it.

6. You’re not afraid to argue:

You know that even if you fight, he’ll/she’ll listen to you and won’t brush you off. He/she takes you seriously, even when he/she thinks you’re wrong.

7. You want to work out your major difference

 If you do have crucial differences that will impact your future together—different opinions about religion, money or something else—you want to work them out with him, and you believe you can come to a conclusion that will satisfy both of you.

8. You laugh together:

Laughter is one of life’s simplest pleasures—you should definitely be able to crack each other up.

9. Incredibly attracted to each other:

Physical chemistry is an undeniably important ingredient in a healthy relationship. And if she’s/he’s not a  your usual “type”, that’s even more reason to think she’s/he’s the one.

10. It’s OK to be quiet around each other:

You don’t feel like you have to fill the space between you with chatter or other interaction. Instead, you feel an easy comfort.

11. You feel like yourself around each other:

You don’t feel like you have to edit your thoughts; you’re not self-conscious or anxious.

12. You long for each other:

You long for him/her—but not too much. Some neediness is good but too much breeds discontent.

13. You don’t feel too jealous:

You’re comfortable with him going out with his friends—even the opposite sex. You let each other have your own lives and hobbies.

14. You feel like she/he makes you a better person:

She/he makes you feel smart, funny, attractive, creative—like the best version of yourself. You feel like she brings out and complements the best parts of you.

15. She just gets you:

Sometimes it’s that easy. You feel like she/he understands some essential part of you that you can’t explain or articulate. It’s a warm, comfortable feeling—and one you should have with the person you marry.

16. Honest discussions on sex:

When you find yourselves honestly talking about your bodies and sexuality, then you both almost have nothing to hide from each other. Talks about sex positions, whether or not to accommodate oral sex or other forms of sex is an indication you are considering settling down.

Celebrity Photo of the Day!!!

Queen Bee broke the internet and guess what? She didn’t take her clothes off. Her new low budget video has won the hearts of even her haters…, well except for one unpopular rapper who claims she stole his video concept.

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Now, Beyonce is one of those celebrities who barely post on their Instagram. Beyonce dropped these photos of her looking fly as usual but quite casual. We guessed it the effect of her new video. Incase you haven’t seen the new 7/11 video, there you have it….




#GhenGhen: Jennifer Aniston Planning to “Fight” Angelina Jolie For Stealing Brad Pitt

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt broke up nearly a decade ago, but apparently the actress still has some ill will for the woman who came between them.

 Pitt left Aniston for actress Angelina Jolie back in 2005, and since then Brad and Angelina have started a family, while Jen has bounced from relationship to relationship. Jennifer and Angelina have mostly avoided each other in the years since then, but they appear to be headed for a showdown in just a matter of weeks.

Many believe Aniston will get a Golden Globe nomination for her work in Cake, while both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are expected to get nominations as well (Angelina for Unbroken and Brad for Fury).

Sources tell InTouch Weekly that Jennifer Aniston is planning to confront Angelina at the award festivities. The source said that Jen plans to “look her straight in the eye and tell her how she really feels.”

The latest animosity reportedly stems from an interview Brad did with comedian Zach Galifianakis in which he appeared to mock his marriage to Jennifer Aniston.

But the confrontation has been a long time coming, the source added.

“She is nervous to the point of being sick over the prospect of coming face-to-face with Brad and Angie,” the source said. “But she has waited a decade for this.”

While Jennifer Aniston is planning a long-awaited confrontation with Angelina Jolie, she also has her own relationship problems to deal with. Several media outlets have reported trouble between Jen and fiance Justin Theroux, including rumors that they may not get married at all.

Several times, rumors have indicated that Aniston and Theroux were breaking off their engagement, including a recent report that Jen caught him flirting with other women.

“There are bound to be rumors about their engagement, when they spend so much time apart,” a British magazine quoted a source close to the couple. “Justin’s been caught out referring to Jen as his ‘girlfriend’ or ‘partner’ rather than his fiancée, which has led some in their circles to wonder whether a wedding will ever materialize.”

If Jennifer Aniston does plan to confront Angelina Jolie, she has some time to plan her attack. The Golden Globe awards are still close to two months away.



BasketMouth “Worships” Wife on Wedding Anniversary

This one has gone beyond adoring someone…, BasketMouth literally worshipped his wife to mark their wedding anniversary. He started the day posting photos of her and saying sweet phrases to her. He even thanked God for the day he met her.

We are not sure, but from the look of things, these guys are truly happily married!!! Awwww…

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Question of the Day: Is Kim Kardashian’s Body 100% Natural???

She has been named GQ’s Woman of the Year and is wifey to Kanye West.

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Her coca- cola body figure has made her the gaze of the entire earth, but most people believe that her body is not all natural. Critics say she doesn’t want to admit to having secret surgeries, while other say she is all natural and her killer body is as a result of serious constant work outs.

So here is the Question of the Day: Is Kim K’s Body all Natural?

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#MrJudgemental: #TBT Annie Idibia Style.

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Stumbled on this pathetic but highly trashy photo of Annie Idibia on Instagram and before I proceed, I want to make clear this fact; that I do not have anything against her. Or maybe it is because I admire her that I am this pissed.

So she hashtags #singledays and captioned a shoutout to all single mums out there… I mean really? So all single ladies are single mums or what???

Besides why won’t you become a single mum dressed like that in broad daylight??? Please help me answer this one; what will she now wear to a club at night?

And she said she encountered challenges being a mum and a dad at the same time and I wonder how that is meant to attract sympathy with that hooker dress.

And to cap the annoying caption, she said God bless you all…??? God bless who? Single ladies or her baby mama crew? And God bless for getting hit before holy matrimony or sticking to your baby father till he marries you after generously spreading his genes to other women?

Infact I’m worn out!!! Single girls, please don’t dress like that and there is no pride in being a single mum or getting pregnant outside matrimony. Do not allow people who are meant to inspire you to mislead you.

#MrJudgemental: Why are People so Mean?

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Saw this photo today and began wondering why Nigerian would rather waste their creativity on negative and irrelevant things. The person who showed me the picture was almost rolling on the floor laughing and I asked myself, “What in the world is funny about the picture?”

All we ever do is add spice and life to rubbish and insult our own identity as Nigerians. Take for instance, I have never seen a movie made ingenuously about Shehu Shagari or Obafemi Awolowo or any of our founding fathers. But a nollywood producer can use just three days to produce a movie about the abducted Chibok girls and ebola.

Or is it the “Oga at the top” incidence or “Na only you waka come” incidence that has been turned to a studio hit with several DJ remixes?

It is a shame that we enjoy downgrading our nation and everything that concerns it. The Holy Book says, we should regard our parents and elderly and it shall be well with us.

People who go about doing stuff like this… Continue, but don’t open your mouth blaming anybody for Boko haram or any other mishap.

He Shared my Nudes with his Friends

Please I really need help here and not criticisms. Everybody has his or her own opinions about sharing nude photos with your lover. I never had any opposing opinion about it and I have never done it, till my boyfriend convinced me to send him just one single nude pix. He begged and begged for it till I sent one.

My friend who happens to be dating his best friend confronted me, asking why I sent my nude pix to her boyfriend and said she was disappointed at the fact that I could even strip and take a photo. I explained everything to her and she believed me because we have known each other for a while and we have almost exact characters.

She later confronted her boyfriend who said his friend sent it to his phone and she told me. Now my boyfriend is saying he never sent any nude pix to anyone. He denied to the extent that I felt bad for accusing him.

Right now, my friend and I have been trying to pin them down together so they can say it to each others’ faces because they both have been avoiding being at the same place with us and have been keeping their phones away from us so we can not check whether the picture was sent through email and confirm the sender.

As if that predicament wasn’t enough, another person (a male friend), who works in the same office with my boyfriend called me and asked me why I did a thing like that. He said he hasn’t seen the photo yet but heard side talks about my nudes in the office. People are already saying nudes when it is only one photo.

I am terrified that this would go viral. Right now I am not talking to my boyfriend and he said he won’t beg me for what he did not do. I am just so confused and really don’t know how to handle this.


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Your Butt Defines your Personality

A Russian study states that the shape of your butt can reveal your personality. See if this is true for you or someone you know.

Men with Muscle Butts are: Strong, persistent and enduring in bed.

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Women with Round Butts are: Sexually active, materialistic and unkind.

Those With Wrinkly Butts are: Reliable, steady and calm, whereas asymmetrical wrinkles expose selfish and greedy people.

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Those Who Have Saddlebag Butts are: Faithful in love and marriage. Men and women with such buttocks are hopelessly mediocre individuals.

Women With Saggy Butts are: Good wives and careful mothers.

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Those With Hairy Butts are: very kind and agreeable people, although they also expose their genetic predisposition to illnesses of pelvic organs, first and foremost. One should also bear in mind the fact that parents, who have hairy buttocks, give birth to psychologically unbalanced, short-tempered children.

So have you identified your butt here?


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Man Who Has Been Saving Up For The Perfect Proposal Since He Was 12

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For some guys, a low-key proposal on the beach or at the end of a fancy dinner would do just fine. But not for a romantic guy like Levy, who has been putting money into his proposal piggy bank since he was 12 years old.

When he popped the question to Tiffany — his long-distance girlfriend of more than three years — on October 14, videography company Candlelight Films was there to capture all the romance.

Levy spent the last 17 months planning a scavenger hunt proposal. And when we say he pulled out all the stops, we mean it. He got her parents and all of her best friends together for the occasion, which included manicures, a limo ride and a shopping trip for a special dress.

The scavenger hunt eventually led her to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California where the couple first met. See how the rest of the dreamy proposal unfolds in the video below.

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3 Ways To Become A CEO Before You Turn 30

For many young professionals, the ultimate career goal is landing a spot in the corner office. But getting there by following a traditional career path can take years, even decades.

However, several young executives have proven that it’s possible to streamline the process and become CEO before your 30th birthday.

To find out the secrets of climbing the corporate ladder at record speed, The Guardian’s Matthew Jenkin talked to two young CEOs about how they got where they are today. Here are the three best pieces of advice they gave about how to reach the top:

Choose the right environment.

Finding an industry and company where colleagues will respect you for the work you do, not how old you are, is key, says Danny Waters, who became CEO of Enterprise Finance at 25. If you aren’t able to work at your own pace and stay true to your own goals and values, success will become extremely difficult to attain. “Never lose sight of who you are,” Waters advises. “It’s really important that you enjoy what you do because if you do, then you tend to achieve and excel at whatever career you are in.”

Take risks .

When you’re young, you have much less to lose than older colleagues, so take advantage of it, suggests Jonathan Samuels, who was named CEO of Dragonfly Property Finance at 28. “Because the consequences of failure are far less, you can afford to be bolder,” he says. Without a family or mortgage holding you back, you can take bigger risks and go for those bigger rewards.

Demand respect.

A lot of getting ahead involves commanding the respect of your colleagues — which can be extra difficult if you’re younger than most of them. Samuels recommends asserting authority, then backing it up by doing your job well. “There will be times during negotiations with other parties when people will be surprised by your age,” he says. “In my experience, they will get over that very quickly when they realize you know what you are talking about.” Prove your worth and your more senior coworkers will recognize you as someone who’s going places.

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‘The Sex Life of a Lagos Mad Woman’ Book Reading To Hold At Terra Kulture This Saturday

A book reading and signing session for new collection of short stories, ‘The Sex Life of a Lagos Mad Woman’ by ‘Seun Salami, will hold on Saturday, October 25 at Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island.

There would be an interactive session with the author, readings by several notable personalities as well as a book signing session.

The event begins at 5pm.

The book reading session is the second since the release of the new book on Monday October 13.

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5 Ways To Tell If Someone Is Cheating On You

Ever wonder if your significant other isn’t being entirely truthful? Unfortunately, there’s a good chance you’re right. It’s perfectly normal to lie.

In a study of undergrads, 60% of participants lied at least once during a 10-minute casual conversation with a stranger. But suppose that fibbing extended to important matters, like fidelity, and important people — like a significant other.

Science can’t tell you if your partner is sleeping around, but recent research has shown we can often detect when someone is hiding something.

Here are five ways to tell if your partner may be keeping something important from you.

1. Ask a friend.

Other people — strangers, even — have an uncanny ability to detect when something’s just not right in someone else’s relationship.

Brigham Young University psychologists tested out this idea in a lab. They had couples partake in a collaborative activity in which they were supposed to draw an object. Before the activity, the scientists had the couples answer questions privately about the relationship, including whether or not they had cheated. Then, they blindfolded one participant — the designated artist — and had the other partner gave him or her directions on what to draw. The researchers videotaped the activity and later showed the footage to another group of volunteers who didn’t know the couples.

The volunteers were frequently able to tell which of the couples included a partner who had cheated. (Their guesses were not right all the time, but more often than chance.)

While additional research is needed to corroborate this preliminary result, the work suggests that an outsider who observes a couple doing something that requires working together, like cooking or planning an event, may be able to detect infidelity or unhappiness.

“People make remarkably accurate judgments about others in a variety of situations after just a brief exposure to their behavior,” wrote the researchers in the study.

2. Mull it over while doing something else.

People are generally bad judges of character — consciously, at least. When we are given time to process another person’s actions subconsciously, however, we are far better at telling truth from deceit.

In 2013, a team of psychologists had a panel of student judges watch people give testimony and decide if they had been lying. The students who were given time to think before they made a decision — so long as they were made to think about something other than the case they were assessing — were better at figuring out whether the person they were judging had been lying.

“These findings suggest that the human mind is not unfit to distinguish between truth and deception,” write the researchers in the study, “but that this ability resides in previously overlooked processes.”

3. Listen to their voice.

Canadian researchers recently had a group of volunteers listen to a pair of voices and rate how attractive each speaker sounded. Then, the researchers asked them to judge how likely each person would be to cheat in a romantic relationship. While the female volunteers were most likely to say the men with lower-pitched voices would cheat, the men typically guessed that the women with higher-pitched voices would cheat.

Men with more testosterone tend to have deeper voices, and women with more estrogen tend to have higher-pitched speech. And as it turns out, higher levels of testosterone in men have been linked with higher rates of cheating — though the jury is still out on whether there is any such association in women.

The researchers have yet to link their findings with actual observed behavior, but they say the study’s results make evolutionary sense. Hypothetically speaking, a preference for higher voices in women and lower voices in men might “allow us to choose a mate that is likely to stick around and have children, and not do so with other people,” McMaster University psychologist Jillian O’Connor told LiveScience.

4. Pay attention to social media use.

Does your partner spend more time tweeting than talking to you? Recent research suggests that people who are highly active on Facebook and Twitter are more likely to have social-media-related conflict, and subsequently more likely to experience “infidelity, breakup, and divorce.”

In his study, University of Missouri researcher Russell Clayton looked the social media habits of close to 600 Twitter users. The average person used Twitter close to an hour a day, five days a week. Those who tweeted, responded to tweets, or scanned their Twitter feed more often than that were more likely to get in arguments with their partners, and also more likely to divorce or cheat. The more time they spent on Twitter, the worse relationship outcomes Clayton observed.

It’s unlikely that too much tweeting, posting and liking caused other people to cheat, but there is certainly a connection between the two behaviors.

5. Watch for sudden changes in behavior.

If you’ve been with your significant other for a while, chances are you know how they normally act — what type of foods they eat, how they react to challenges or surprises, how well they listen, etc.

Sudden changes in body language, from facial expressions to patterns of speech, can be red flags for duplicitous behavior, according to research from Lillian Glass, a behavioral analyst who once worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to study how to spot signs of deceit.

“Your body experiences these types of changes when you’re nervous and feeling tense — when you lie,” she writes in her book, “The Body Language of Liars .”

One telltale sign of lying, she says, is a sudden inability to speak. This happens because our automatic nervous system often responds to stress by starving the mouth of saliva. Another is a change in breathing. This reflexive action can occur as a result of quick changes in heart rate and blood flow which make us feel out of breath.

Other research backs up Glass’ findings — psychologists suggest looking out for when someone repeats a question after it’s asked or veers into personal attacks rather than answering.

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#BelieveItOrNot: Dog Worship Day in Nepal

Nepalese are marking the five-day long festival of Tihar, and celebrations today are dedicated to the worship of dogs.

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Also known as the festival of lights, devotees also worship the goddess of wealth Laxmi by illuminating and decorating their homes using garlands, oil lamps, candles and colorful light bulbs.

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102 Snakes Found in Home in Canada

One hundred and two snakes were found in a home in Canada and they filled up five pillowcases. Apparently, these were “just” garter snakes, and it was in a rural area of Canada, and the snakes were just preparing to hibernate for the winter.

Recently a family in Canada, discovered a few small snakes in their basement and called the local wildlife rehab agency.

Megan Lawrence, the agency director, said, “The family contacted us when they found a few garter snakes in their basement. … They were finding more and more and … they were finding them in their kitchen and their bedrooms, and they decided it wasn’t a good idea to have them there anymore.”

So Lawrence and her partner used about five pillowcases to collect the serpents, and then moved the snakes into a bucket to count them. They then separated the snakes by size. She said the longest snake was nearly one meter, or a little over 3 feet, and the shortest was approximately 22 centimeters, or about 8 inches.

A snake expert at the local museum, Ray Poulin, says nothing about this story is too unusual for folks in Regina.

“That is about a normal amount,” Poulin said. A hundred “garter snakes in a basement is about a normal amount. … Usually snakes at this time are going down … getting up to your house and going straight down.”
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Khloe’s Corn Rows to Entice Another Rich Black Rapper?

The Kardashians girls have quite a chronical affiliation with rich black rappers. Some say Kim Kardashian’s  marriage to Kanye West is a recorded success in the family’s goal.

Now tongues are wagging at Khloe’s flare for corn rows. Critics say her excuse for dumping French Montana was a silly move because her sister Kim, did same with Chris Humphrey, adding that French Montana was the victim who was used to display her to other rich black rappers, like Kim K used Humphrey to get to Kanye. Prove to this theory is the fact that Khloe is still friends with her BFF, who was the one French Montana was sending inappropriate text messages to.

So who could this rich black rapper be? Maybe Wiz Khalifa, who is currently more single than ever after bitter break up with Amber Rose.

Hence, the scandal would be, that the Kardashians are out for Amber, because they keep taking her men away from her. In essence, if Khloe and Whiz Khalifa ever happens, then poor Amber has lost yet another rich black rapper to the Kardashians.

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Girl Who Cries out Blood

Meet Twinkle,  a 13-year-old girl from the northern Indian city of Lucknow.  Blood spontaneously oozes from her eyes, feet and head and blood also comes out of her pores! As National Geographic reports in the video, this mysterious bleeding started when she was 11. Twinkle Dwivedi may bleed up to 14 times a day.

She suffers from a frightening and as yet undiagnosed condition: for nearly two years, she has cried tears of blood. Many doctors are baffled by this medical strangeness. To understand the disorder, they have undertaken countless tests and procedures, including blood transfusions but to no avail.

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James Blunt calls ‘You’re Beautiful’ Annoying

British singer-songwriter James Blunt has described the song that made his name “annoying”.

“You’re Beautiful” was Blunt’s break-out hit when it was released in 2005, topping charts from the United States to Australia.

“There was one song that was force-fed down people’s throats, “You’re Beautiful”, and it became annoying, and then people start to associate the artist with the same word,” Blunt told an interview with the latest edition of Hello! magazine, published on Monday.

He adds that, “The marketing also painted me out as an insanely serious person, an earnest person and, as all my friends know, I’m anything but,” Blunt said. “I have a couple of over-emotional miserable songs that I’m known for, but I think it’s turned that corner now.”

Kate Henshaw’s Political Fate!!!

Actress cum politician has picked her nomination form to run for the Cross Rivers State House Of Assembly under the PDP umbrella.

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Some are of the opinion that the PDP umbrella is a disadvantage for Kate, while some are of the opinion that she might not even scale through the primaries in a male dominated party.

That however, hasn’t halted the political ambition of Kate, who is busy making headway to ensure she achieves what she has set ahead of her. But come to think of it, what are her chances of becoming the representative for the Cross Rivers State House Of Assembly?

Paris Hilton gets Happy Boss Day Card & Flowers

Most people know her as the rich heiress, born with a silver spoon and living the luxurious life of partying and trips around the world.

Well, what many have miss about Miss Hilton is this…, Paris Hilton works!!!

Paris Hilton runs a company, models, acts, sang and is even a disc jockey. Point being, the girl makes her own paper.

She posted this lovely photo of a card and vase full of flowers, which was sent to her on boss day from her employees who sincerely appreciated her in a brief write up.

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Sarkin Hausawa Exposes 1000 Boko Haram Suspects in South West

Reports provides that 1,000 members of the Boko Haram insurgents in parts of the South West.

Sarkin Hausawa of Lagos, Alhaji Sani Kabir, speaking in Abuja said, “All the Arewa sarkis (kings) in the south west are up and doing to make sure that we do not allow any breakdown of law and order in our communities.”

He made this known during a visit to the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, adding that the arrested Boko Haram members were eluding from the Civilian JTF/military onslaught on the insurgents in the North East and those who came to the South West to further the insurgency. He also said that the arrests were made in various separate times.

He further stated that, they are informing “our leaders that when new people come into their midst, they should observe their behaviour. Some of the leaders in the south west are northerners, some of them are from Borno State, they can know. There were even instances where JTF came from Borno State to identify some of them.”


Jonathan “Wholly Rejects” Allegations by Buhari

President Jonathan in a statement responding to General Buhari’s charges against the PDP administration, “wholly reject the allegations made by General Buhari against the Jonathan’s administration at the declaration of his intention to contest the 2015 presidential elections.”

According to the statement articulated by his spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, the president said, “We have noted with disappointment and regret, the reckless, baseless and unsupportable charges made against the Jonathan’s administration yesterday by a supposed elder statesman, General Muhammadu Buhari,”  adding that his actions are “as an irresponsible denigration of President Goodluck Jonathan’s sincere efforts, over the past four years, to positively transform Nigeria.”

The statement went further to say that, Buhari’s statements “reflects very badly on the character of the political opposition we now have in Nigeria, that a political leader of General Buhari’s stature will deliberately make such false and uncharitable comments about the elected leadership of his country, merely for personal and sectional political gain.”

“Also contrary to General Buhari’s assertion yesterday, Nigeria’s agricultural sector is thriving under the reforms being implemented by the Jonathan administration as current production figures show and neither manufacturing nor commerce is “down” as the APC presidential aspirant alleged.

”His most uncharitable and inexcusable accusation against the present administration was that election rigging continues to thrive in Nigeria.”


Joan Rivers Died of Brain Damage Concludes Post Mortem

Comedian Joan Rivers died of brain damage from low blood oxygen, the New York medical examiner’s office has ruled.

Her death was classified as a “therapeutic complication”, meaning it was a known risk of the procedure. Negligence is not suspected and was not listed as a contributing cause.

The medical examiner listed the official cause of death as anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest – a condition caused when brain tissue is deprived of oxygen leading to brain damage.

Rivers had been sedated with the anaesthetic propofol during her outpatient procedure examining the back of her throat and vocal cords.


Beyonce’s New Hair… You Likey???

Beyonce stepped out with cropped, blunt bangs, accompanied by Jay Z and Blue Ivy, to catch a train out of the Gare du Nord Station in Paris Tuesday. It’s a dramatic new look for the superstar singer, who debuted longer bangs while performing at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City on Sept. 27.

The 33-year-old spent some quality time with her family in the City of Light. While there, the Carters took a private tour of the Louvre, because they can.

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Breaking Up Cos She is White Garment…

Hello, I have been in this brief relationship and we are still dating but I want to break up with her cos I just recently discovered that she is a white garment church member.

I am actually indifferent about the whole situation and about her being a white garment but my mind will not just let me be. She is a very decent, loving and amazing girl but my perception and affection towards her changed completely when she told me the church she attends.

We were having a random conversation about native wears and I said I would love to see her in a native outfit cos she was fond of wearing English clothing.  She said she doesn’t have a single ankara outfit and I asked if she still wears her office cloths to church. That was when she revealed the white garment issue to me.

I just don’t feel it is a good reason to split but my mind is just not at peace with the fact that she attends a white garment church. Right now, I am not even very sure if I love her anymore. I just want to know if saying that to her would break her heart or hurt her cos I just want us to call it quit without having to hurt her.

Africa’s First Albino Model


Refilwe Modiselle is breaking all the rules while sashaying down the catwalk as Africa’s first albino model.

“I was being tenacious and saying ‘no, wait a minute. This is a different representation of what African beauty is,'” Modiselle says.

“You’re told that a black child should be brown-skinned, but what do you then call a girl like myself? I’m not tall either. But there I was modeling with the likes of your Adiambo’s, your famous models that have really done well.”

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In 1999, Modiselle was just 13 years old when she was first approached to do a five-page shoot for a youth magazine aiming to showcase how the African fashion landscape would change with the turn of the millennium. It was her first taste of fashion, but she got the bug.

Yet it wouldn’t be until she finished her high school education and entered college (at the behest of her mother) that Modiselle found herself in front of a camera again.

The move kickstarted her career and soon the South African student was staring back at herself from glossy magazine pages and gliding down runways at high-profile events, like Mercedes Benz Africa Fashion Week.

“I was defying everything about what society says defines a model. I’m basically saying ‘OK, let’s teach our kids a different definition of beauty, or a definition that’s always been there but has just always been disregarded”, she said.

She also added that, “People with albinism are often not given the opportunity to get into such industries because we’re not known as extroverts, we’re not given a chance to be identified in society as people who have the potential to represent something,” 


Are We Really That Mad? – Olladave

Somebody says everybody else is mad

Then somebody must be mad.

If somebody is the only one not mad.

In the land of the mad

A case of mad calling others mad.

But who is really mad?

It is so sad

To see that every one is sad

The truth of the lie is sad.

And if you are not sad

Then it is really sad

We are smiling but happily sad.

Now it is that bad

To say we are mad,

Is totally sad.

To say we are happily sad,

Is not that we are mad.

Remember, somebody must be mad

And the one that is mad

Is the one who says everybody is mad

Not that he’s mad

Then who is sadly mad?

Well, he is mad

And I am mad

Cos you are now getting mad.

Still we say we are not mad

But he is mad

How can we all say he is mad?

How can we be sad he is bad?

Wait a minute, are we mad?

2015 is around the corner, it is another chance to re-write the history of our dear nation. Are we just going to fold our arms and let things roll by as usual?

You can go ahead and criticise how much of a poet I am not, or how bad my punctuation is but one thing I am passionate about is the fact that I am a Nigerian youth. And I believe that we all can decide to make the desired change our country needs by participation and defending our mandates. There’s no us against them but there’s ALL of us. Let’s defend our mandates with all that we have remember the words of T. S. Elliot that says ‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.’

Olladave is a Singer and poet. Follow him on twitter :@olladave


#Volunteer2Teach is a project that will address the shortage of teachers in our classrooms.

Nigeria accounts for the world’s highest number for out of school children, summing to about 10.5 million and even the ones within school walls cannot boast of quality education.

This project is assembling some professionals who are willing to grants these children quality education by dedicating at leats 2 hours of their time weekly to take lessons in classes.

Partnering with credible organisations that share this plight, Naija Teenz will keep 60 children in school via its scholarship scheme, which may expand with the help of individuals and organisations who see the need to keep students in school who lack financial support.

Watch the video clip below and find out more vivid details into this project.

Also email us on if you want to volunteer or donate to keep a child in school.

This project will begin with schools in Abuja and Lagos, but will eventually spread to other parts of Nigeria subject to the approval of the State Education Boards.

Follow NaijaTeenz on Twitter: @NaijaTeenz


#KakandaTemple ~ Tampering With a Time-Bomb


“Can you even hold a gun?” “Shut up, if you see a real war, you will pee in your trousers!” “War is not for the feeble-minded like you!”

These are things we hear when paranoid civilians talk tough, consider getting armed, anytime they register their distrust for the system they expect to protect them from the criminally armed groups that consider them pests over differences in regional, religious, ethnic or political affiliations.

We dismiss such outbursts as “wishful thinking”, assuming that the speakers are our dear friends and, for that, incapable of harming even a stray goat. What we do not apply to such situation is our knowledge of the human psychology: all human beings, even the most puritanical of humanists, are potential beasts when pushed to the cliff of a misfortune for which they have to “respond in kind” to stay alive.

It’s not a war, unless there’s a counterattack or self-defence. So the seemingly cowardly citizens losing their hope in the politicised security arrangements of the nation should not be ignored, with our usual undermining of their capability to harm. And I can rightly identify with the consequences of unmediated provocations and unapologetically designed self-defence. I saw this in Jos, Nigeria’s hospice of hate, and proof of man’s animalistic tendencies. In my years in, and following of, Jos, I witnessed the mental corruption and death of some of my neighbourhood boys, people who, before the conflicts, could scamper on sighting even a roach approaching them. I saw the anger of the previously innocent, and of especially the bereaved, thirsting for vengeance, for counterattack, for self-defence, for conflict…

One of these boys, an amiable younger boy that used to run errands for us and even eventually relocated to our place out of mutual trust, became a fearless “self-defender” during one of the crises in the once beautiful city. In my encounter with him after a certain crisis, he was not only philosophical about the necessity of defending one’s threatened community and existence, but he boastfully shared his experiences of the internecine fighting, recounting the ease with which humans died, and the comedy of mortality. I stopped him from telling the stories, outraged and even called him names for being thus remorseless.

“What would you have done if you’re surrounded by armed enemies intending to kill you, Gimba? Tell me!”

I wasn’t interested in the discussion, so I didn’t respond. But in retrospect, I realised that I was also not fair in judging him, without sensitivity to the contexts and circumstances that revived his inhumanity – which is an affliction that resides in all of us, when pushed to that cliff where staying alive is only by terminating the invading enemy.

Jos thought me a lesson: we’re all circumstantial killers and potential beasts. Which is why we must stop saying that “Nigerians are cowards” whenever we’re talking about revolutions and wars, for the same “cowardly” Nigerians now strap explosives to themselves, form militant groups and terrorist cults, to kill fellow citizens, human beings. So I’m not unconcerned by the rumours that some places of worships, which ought to be for incubation of faith, are now stocking arms – for attacks, for self-defence, for counterattacks.

We must find ways to douse the tensions now that our politicians are becoming desperate and bitter, and warier we must also become of this pathetically unserious government that keeps giving even the analysts who had given it the benefit of the doubt, reasons to suspect it, to distrust its sincerity in protecting the people.

Sadly, the ruling party has shown its approval of this climate of distrust and incompetence, with the adoption this week of President Goodluck Jonathan as its candidate again for the 2015 presidential election in the very week the citizens are questioning the same man for suspicious rapports with the hateful and uncritically partisan President of Christian Association of Nigeria, Ayo Oritsejafor, whose private jet is now involved in an arms struggling scandal.

I once wrote in praise of the Christians who did not heed Pastor Oritsejafor’s call for Christians in Nigeria to defend themselves “with whatever is available to them”, knowing that could be interpreted as declaration of war on even the accommodating Muslim communities, and I’m even satisfied now that practising Christians, including catholic Bishops who have renounced membership of CAN, are among the frontline critics of the Pastor’s ill-devised polarising stunts. The interception of his private jet in South Africa with about $10 million meant for arms purchase is an issue of serious national risk, ownership of which the federal government has unconvincingly claimed.

But, while the “conspiracy theorists” have already concluded that the arms are for planned killings of Muslims and northerners and covert sponsorship of the Boko Haram, a judgment inspired by their perceptions of the man’s hate-mongering antecedents, my understanding that some key security organisations of the country, which are parts of the government, are under Muslims and northerners frustrate approval of that conspiracy. Perhaps, for explanations on this dangerous suspicion of the government, our conspiracy theorists, and this isn’t a mischief, need to ally and march to the offices of their brothers in this government: Sambo Dasuki, National Security Adviser; Abba Suleiman, Inspector-General of Police; Namadi Sambo, Vice-President; Adamu Mu’azu, PDP National Chairman; Ibrahim Lamorde, EFCC Chairman; Abdullah Dikko Inde, Comptroller-General of Customs; Aminu Waziri Tambuwwal, Speaker House of Representatives; among others, people whose complicity is necessary for the success of Oritsejafor’s, and even Goodluck’s, covert sponsorship of terrorism, people capable of knowing whether the arms are meant for our security agencies, and also to confirm whether the cash transaction method is employed in this deal so that the digitally snoopy America will not know. And if found guilty, we must also remember that the Chief Justice of the Federal, Mariam Aloma Mukhtar, is a Muslim and northerner, and potential victim of this anti-north conspiracy.

Perhaps, if the conspiracy theorists succeeded in convincing fellow Muslims and northerners in this government to bring Jonathan down, for conspiring to purchase arms to destroy the north, our Justice Aloma won’t be merciful in sentencing him to life in prison. How about that?

On a serious note, there’s a need to unite, more than ever, regardless of our religious and ethnic differences and regional solidarity, to defuse the time-bomb code-named “2015”. Even this Oritsejafor’s Jet scandal is a confirmation that Jonathan has failed as a consummate leader of a nation in need of unifying public figures, and the reality that he has just been given another opportunity by his party to mismanage our funds and trust for another four years, which is now very obvious, should be a reason for us to be sober about the future of Nigeria.

If you think it’s possible to oust a sitting President, one responsible for management of the nation’s resources, one whose platform is designed to appeal to prebendal politics, in a country where accountability is a myth, in a system where $20 billon has been declared missing and nothing happened, be getting ready to visit a therapist in the first quarter of 2015. For the opposition, without a doubt, is incapable of matching the “Stomach Infrastructure” politics of the ruling party, kobo to kobo. 2015 is already being approached with reckless sentiments, and with insensitivity to our fault-lines. Sadly, when this bomb goes off, the political elite, including the ones promoting these divisive sentiments, would be in their comfort zones or even “holidaying” overseas, and the causality would be members of the impressionable class: the politically outsmarted, handout-receiving masses. May God save us from us!

By Gimba Kakanda

@gimbakakanda on Twitter

The #Give2STER Campaign Promotes an End to Sexual Violence and Abuse

Stand to End Rape (S.T.E.R) Initiative works to end all forms of rape through education, supporting victims of rape and changing community perceptions towards sexual violence and abuse. STER provides awareness seminars, sexual violence and abuse education, peer mentoring, therapy and promotes sexual and reproductive rights.

The “#Give2STER” campaign is an opportunity for everyone to say no to sexual violence and abuse in our communities, and take a pledge to support the campaign. The campaign is aimed at starting a free self-defense class for children and young adults, visit schools to distribute preventive materials on sexual violence and also to have a rape intervention centre in Lagos (and across Nigeria).

Throughout the coming weeks, STER will be sharing information on how you can do your part to promote the campaign.

Follow STER’s Twitter handle, @standtoendrape for campaign updates, ways to donate and opportunities to join the campaign.

The #Give2STER campaign, which is STER’s first official fundraiser culminates today and will end October 4th from 8 p.m.

You can donate to STER’s bank account:

Account Name: Stand To End Rape Initiative

Account Number: 0157148304 (Cooperate Account).

Bank: GTBank

You can also visit or call +2348095967000 for more information, updates on the campaign and ways you can participate on October 4th!

U. S Congress may Approve Aid to Arm Syrian Rebels

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The U.S. Congress appeared poised on Tuesday to quickly approve President Barack Obama’s plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a major part of the effort he announced this week to fight Islamic State militants.

The House of Representatives began debating an amendment to a stopgap funding bill that would authorize support for the moderate rebels, who are fighting both the Islamic State and the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

House members were expected to vote to pass the amendment on Wednesday, congressional aides and lawmakers said. They added that it would then be sent to the U.S. Senate for expected approval this week, before lawmakers leave Washington to spend the next six weeks campaigning for the Nov. 4 congressional elections.

There are pockets of opposition to the plan, especially among Republicans who hold a majority of seats in the House.

Representative Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, said he would vote against the amendment. He estimated that 10 or 15 other members of the party would join him, although he said he expected it would pass.

“Here we go again … We train the Syrians today who are supposed to be our friends, but tomorrow they’re our enemies,” Jones said, after leaving a party meeting at the Capitol on Tuesday morning. “We need to let these other countries take care of their own region.”

Republican lawmakers unveiled the measure on Monday to quickly provide the authority, but not the funding, that Obama wants to equip and train the rebels.

It sets conditions including barring the use of U.S. ground forces and requiring the administration to submit regular progress reports on the plan and its vetting of the rebels receiving the training and equipment.

Both houses of Congress must pass the stop-gap spending bill to keep the government open after the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30.

Ukraine Rebels get Self Rule & Amnesty

Rebels controlling Eastern Ukraine have been granted self rule and fighters have been granted amnesty, under the new adopted parliament law.

The measures are in line with the 5 September ceasefire agreement signed by President Petro Poroshenko. The amnesty affects rebels in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but does not cover the shooting down of the MH17 plane.

The European and Ukrainian parliaments have also voted to ratify a major EU-Ukraine association agreement.

Negotiations with Russia last week led to the free-trade part of the agreement being postponed until 2016.

Obama to Intensify Response to Ebola

U.S. officials have said that the United States will ramp up its response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa with plans to build 17 treatment centers, train thousands of healthcare workers, and establish a military control center for coordination.


Senior administration officials said the plan will be unveiled by President BarackObama on Tuesday.

The president will visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta on Tuesday to show his commitment to the issue. The stepped-up effort he will announce is to include some 3,000 military forces and a joint forces command center in Monrovia, Liberia to coordinate efforts with the U.S. government and other international partners.

A senior administration official said on Monday that, the plan will “ensure that the entire international response effort is more effective and helps to scale up to turn the tide in this crisis”, adding that, “the significant expansion that the President will detail … really represents a set of areas where the U.S. military will bring unique capabilities that we believe will improve the effectiveness of the entire global response.”

The treatment centers will have 100 beds each and be built as soon as possible, an official said.

Officials also add that the U.S. plan also focuses on training. A site will be established where military medical personnel will teach some 500 healthcare workers per week for six months or more how to provide care to Ebola patients.

Obama’s administration has requested an additional $88 million from Congress to fight Ebola, including $58 million to speed production of the ZMapp experimental antiviral drug and two Ebola vaccine candidates. Officials said the Department of Defense had requested to reallocate $500 million in funds from fiscal 2014 to help cover the costs of the humanitarian mission.

Suspected Shooters of Malala Arrested

Reports from the Pakistani army says, suspected shooters of education activist, Malala Yousafzai have been arrested.

Army spokesman Gen Asim Bajwa told a news conference on Friday that, “the group involved in the attack on Malala Yousafzai has been arrested.”

He said 10 members of a faction called “Shura”, which the army says is part of the Pakistani Taliban (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP), had been arrested in a joint operation with Pakistan’s army, police and intelligence services.

The group had been working under the instructions of Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of the Pakistani Taliban, Gen Bajwa added.

Malala was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 because of her campaign for girls’ education. She has since recovered from the attack, which shocked the world and this shot her to international fame.


#KakandaTemple ~ The Dangerous Shows for 2015


As the period running up to the 2011 presidential election portended omens of tragedy for intuitive citizens, the current period, four years later, should rattle even those who were then indifferent. This must be a phase for overcoming whatever instigated their moral dilemma.

My concern about Nigeria became disturbed this week on sighting a Borno Express cross-country bus with a poster of Governor Kashim Shettima, seeking re-election, seemingly seeking another term of terrorised living in office. How is it that our politicians, crying that their Office threatens their existence and sanity, are desperate to remain in that same Office? It must be a sort of greed for the trappings of State Power.

The main culprit of this dangerous greed is the President, under whom the country has lost its bearing, so much so that even his most indecorous media aides, confused in the social media, are now calling on “God”, advising citizens to “pray” for an end to what such aides’ principals were elected, and granted enormous State resources, to curb. And for lack of explanations for their principals’ legendary cluelessness, they’ve been tweeting verses from the Bible, to appeal to the sentiments of the gullible.

But a show of greed and shame, even more indicative and damning than the President and the Governor’s desperate bid to remain in power is clearly that of the citizens “procured”, as Dr. Oby Ezekwesili once said of hired protesters, to champion the re-election campaign of the same President Goodluck Jonathan whose administration, for seeming incapability, has not heeded the plea to rescue the hundreds of his subjects who have been in captivity for the past 150 days! And to highlight their inhumanity, these procured protesters launched #BringBackGoodluck2015 billboards, signs and hashtags to ridicule the demands of unrelenting #BringBackOurGirls.

That unpardonable blasphemy drew the outrage of the civil society, the main opposition party and even the fence-sitting observers. But it was Washington Post’s globalisation of the undermined citizens’ outrage in its coverage of that PR blunder, referring to it as “the most inappropriate political hashtag of the year”, that finally jostled the presidency, forcing the President to react – to lie, that is – that he was ignorant of that well-publicised campaign for his re-election, even though the campaign was officially recognised by the Presidency, having been fanatically promoted by the President’s politically rash Senior Special Assistant Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe.

What further frustrates the possibility of ousting the cunning government or having citizens forming alliances against it, are the divisive publications on the complicity of some friends and allies of the government revealed by an Australian named Stephen Davis, and uncritically popularised by some prominent elements of the main opposition party, the APC.

Instead of having Davis’ so-called revelations adopted for careful analysis, Nigerians, including a prominent and prominently diminutive member of the opposition, contributed to the confusion by not only endorsing the Australian’s claims that certain people, both Muslim and Christian, were responsible for funding of the Boko Haram insurgents, but that the sect also has political and Christian variants, backing the claims up with lame inferences that can only appeal to the senses of a unintelligent conspiracy theorist, an unthinking escapist.

Sadly, some of these people practice, or have backgrounds in, Law. This makes me wonder, why would a lawyer, trained in challenging facts, also embark on adopting uncorroborated claims, conspiracy theories, as proofs or confirmations of certain suspicions? Even in the court of law, circumstantial evidences are not adopted as unchallenged proofs, so sharing inferences as proofs is a clear mischief. You don’t spend these five years in the department of Law, and then memorably torturous months at the law school, only to end up going against the ethics of your training in such an outrageous way. I thought lawyers should be our models in obsessing about evidences and the absence of them, even in our public discourse?

If a lawyer’s mindset had been employed in assessing these confusing claims, even Davis wouldn’t have made a newspaper headline. And this instinct would’ve challenged us to ask whether Boko Haram that operates in secret, would reveal the sources of its funds to a negotiating stranger – especially to a white man who, as Christian or atheist, western, and believer in liberal democracy, is a portrait of all they aspire to crush? The Boko Haram didn’t remain elusive this long by being tactically stupid, as portrayed by Davis. And if its leaders were as careless with details of their operations as also portrayed by Davis, they would’ve been crushed long ago!

There’s a need for us, and especially the opposition party, to employ reason, instead of sentiments, in promoting some of these embarrassingly petty conspiracy theories. The opposition must understand that if you fight this government with flawed statistics and hearsays and polarisation, you’re just making the return to Aso Rock easier for GEJ. If they want to replace GEJ, whose Ph.D I now suspect is in divisive politics, on the back of polarising sentiments, then they must be very prepared for an embarrassing defeat in 2015. What keeps APC going are sympathies, sympathies of a people in need of change, sympathies of a people willing to give them a chance despite obvious flaws. But it needs men of model conduct representing its interests in the media.

My only fear, which has become a looming apparition now, is the memory of the gory revolts that followed the announcements of the results of 2011 presidential election in the north. We must not prepare these impressionable members of the lower-class for another horror history, which is what some of these politicians do by promoting unverified claims to gain relevance and be seen as “rights ambassadors”, whereas they’re everything but selfless in their pursuits of political power.

But the underclass is not the only trouble with electing ideal candidates in Nigeria. While poverty dispossesses the underclass of ability to be rational, sycophancy ravages the middle-class. This way, with these syndromes, the sycophantic members of the middle-class contracted by the government to form about 8000 pro-Jonathan campaign groups, also procured the cheaper under-class as foot-soldiers of Transformation Actors of Nigeria, which they prefer to call “Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria”, and other 7999 groups.

Today, in its nearly 64 years in existence, the main thriving industry in Nigeria, with productivity higher than the Oil industry, is Sycophancy. It represses existing and proposed political resistance. The poverty of the underclass and the sycophancy of the middle-class are the reason idealism is DOA in Nigeria. Sometimes, in pursuits of idealism, you go out campaigning for core visionary leaders, and return home only to realise that your lunch was made with “gifts” by, or bought with money given, by a fraudulently prebendal politician.

This is how the two social classes betray promising leaders.

The last time Gani Fawehinmi aspired to lead this country, our rejection of his bid was almost unanimous. And I doubt if there has ever been a politically awakened individual who had stood up for the masses, in the race to the Office of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, comparable to the model civil rights advocate.

In fact, if our politics is sincerely all about “personality”, Buhari himself cannot beat Gani, who resisted even the military extremisms of the Buharis. We’re in a country where idealism is a myth, but this shouldn’t be an excuse to allow hired paupers and contracted sycophants forestall our struggle for change.

So, we need to task our presidential candidates to offer us something other than romanticisations of their personalities, something concrete, an implementable development plan for redeeming this changing Nigeria. This “I did not steal a kobo” campaign is beginning to sound like GEJ’s “I had no shoes” scam of that unfortunate 2011. May God save us from us!

By Gimba Kakanda

@gimbakakanda on Twitter

British Recovered Ebola Patient to Return to Africa


The first Briton to contract Ebola, William Pooley, 29, is planning to return to Sierra Leone, where he was infected in order to help fight the disease. He  was treated in London after being flown out of Sierra Leone, when he was diagnosed with Ebola.

Care worker Pooley was “impatient” to return and that it was likely he was now immune to the deadly illness. He said, “I’m quite impatient to get back doing what I know needs to done,” adding that,”I feel like I’ve left things undone, having left prematurely. And I know there’s a lot of work to do out there, and we need to get out there and do it.”

Breaking: Kondunga Attacked by Boko Haram

Reports reaching us says Konduga, a village in Borno State came under attack by boko haram this Friday morning.

Sources provide that, the insurgents stormed the area, setting homes and properties ablaze, but were confronted by the Nigerian Army.

The situation report of that area by sources who spoke to this morning reveal that the insurgents had since withdrawn back to Kawuri after confrontation with the military.

Boko Haram Slaughters Civilians in Bama

Report just reaching us provides that Boko Haram just slaughtered some civilians and threw them in a river. Sources confirm that the people were carried in a vehicle and slaughtered on a bridge.

“I can confirm that Bama is still very much under the control of Boko Haram”, sources say, adding that “I just hope they didn’t think the military had actually taken over the town and thought it was safe to return”.


Oscar Pistorius Pronounced Not Guilty of “Premeditated Murder” by Judge


Oscar Pistorus has been declared not guilty of premeditated murder. The judge has ruled out all murder charges, but says he may still be guilty of culpable homicide (manslaughter).

Judge Thokozile Masipa said the prosecution had failed to prove the Olympic athlete killed his girlfriend deliberately in the toilet after a row, prompting tears from Mr Pistorius.

He cannot have foreseen killing whoever was behind the toilet door, she said.

She added he was an evasive witness but this did not mean he was guilty.

The South African Olympic sprinter denies murdering Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year, saying he thought there was an intruder.

Mr Pistorius, 27, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges he faces, including two counts of shooting a firearm in public and the illegal possession of ammunition.

Hunters Kill 75 Boko Haram Fighters


Sources reveal that 75 Boko Haram fighters have been hunted down by local hunters while fleeing Michika and Madagali Local Government Areas of Adamawa State. 

Residents say that the Islamic militants ran out of ammunition and were running out of the Local Government Areas they have besieged for about a week now, but ran into the ambush of the Nigerian Military and some local hunters. Residents also showed excitement as regards the improvement of the issue that has been favourable to them and the well being of their environment.

Oscar Pistorius’ Trial Judge Expected to Deliver Verdict

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South African Judge Thokosile Masipa will begin delivering her verdict on Thursday morning on the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius.

The South African track star is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013. Mr Pistorius says he mistook Ms Steenkamp for an intruder. The stop-start trial has lasted more than six months and included many moments of drama.

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These are some of the key moments in the case against Oscar Pistorius, which was led by state prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

The athlete has admitted firing the shots which killed her, but exactly what happened in his home that night lies at the centre of his murder trial.

Breaking: Rebels Release 1200 Captives in Ukraine

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President Perto Poroshenko said, pro Russian rebels have released 1200 captives in Ukraine.

This releases followed the Friday’s ceasefire deal, he said, which included an exchange of prisoners. He was speaking during a visit to the strategic south-eastern port city of Mariupol, which has come under shelling from pro-Russian rebels in recent days.

Mr Poroshenko announced his arrival on twitter saying,  “Mariupol is Ukraine. We will not surrender this land to anyone.”

Prince William and Duchess Expecting Another Baby

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Reports from Kensington Palace said the Queen and members of both families were delighted to announce the pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge. The palace said that – as when she was pregnant with Prince George – the duchess was suffering from very acute morning sickness and was being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.

Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted he was “delighted by the happy news that they’re expecting another baby”. The couple’s second child will become fourth in line to the throne, moving Prince Harry further down the line of succession.

Clarence House said: “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child”, adding that the duchess’s morning sickness meant that she would no longer accompany Prince William on their planned engagement in Oxford.

The baby announcement came two months after the couple’s first child, Prince George, had his first birthday. Unlike when she was pregnant with George, the duchess is being treated at Kensington Palace and not at a hospital.

BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said this second pregnancy was likely to generate excitement but was lacking the constitutional significance of Prince George’s birth – as things stand the unborn boy or girl is not destined to be a monarch.


Contributing to Nigeria’s Education

This is a project intended to augment the number of teachers in public secondary schools. Abuja will be the start point.

The project is a Holy Hill Education Support idea.

Naija Teenz will be spearheading critical aspects of the project along with our partners.

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Ukraine Ceasefire Talks/ West Plans Russia Sanctions


Talks regarding restoring peace and ceasefire among conflicting sides, is ongoing in Belarus. Ukraine, Russia and pro-Russia rebels form the oppositions that are considering agreements to end the crisis in eastern Ukraine. However, there are new reports of shelling near the town of Mariupol.

Meanwhile, Western countries are preparing to announce a tightening of sanctions on Russia. They are attending the second day of a NATO summit in Newport, Wales.

The West accuses Russia of sending arms and troops to back the rebels in eastern Ukraine, even though Moscow denies the accusation. The enhanced sanctions are expected to target Russian banking, energy and defence, as well as what British sources call “Putin cronies”.

The UK however says the sanctions will probably go ahead whether or not a ceasefire is agreed at the talks in the Belarus capital, Minsk.

Iraq Air Strikes ‘Kill Top I.S Members’

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A top I. S military commander has been reportedly killed in an airstrike on the northern city of Mosul. Iraq’s defence ministry also reports that a top aide to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a strike on Mosul, but neither death has been confirmed.

Iraqiya TV quoted defence officials as saying Abu Alaa al-Iraqi, head of the IS military council in the city of Tal Afar, had died in an air strike. Prior reports on social media had suggested that Al-Baghdadi himself had been killed in a separate strike on Mosul. But the defence ministry said intelligence suggested the strike had killed one of the leader’s senior aides instead.

It is however unclear whether the latest strikes were by US or Iraqi forces.

“I’m Begging the Government to Send More Troops and Armoury to Maiduguri”- Zanna Ahmed


In reaction to the recent capture of Bama town, Ahmed Zanna, a senator in Borno said, the humanitarian situation in Bama was “terrible” and there had been a “lot of killings” in the town. He said bodies are still littered on the streets of Bama, while Boko Haram fighters are patrolling, preventing people from burying the dead.

Mr Zanna said it would be “catastrophic” if Boko Haram launched an assault on Maiduguri, which has a population of more than two million people. Pleading to the Nigerian Government he said,”I’m begging the government to send more troops and armoury to Maiduguri.”

Bama: Over 26,300 Displaced/ U.S Concerned


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Borno state said on Wednesday, that 26,391 displaced persons had so far been registered. NEMA spokesman Abdulkadir Ibrahim said, “the number is growing by the hour.”

The United States on Thursday said, it is concerned by increasing Boko Haram violence and territorial gains in Nigeria. US Assistant Secretary of State, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said on a visit to Abuja, “We are very troubled by the apparent capture of Bama and the prospects for an attack on and in Maiduguri, which would impose a tremendous toll on the civilian population.” Thomas-Greenfield, who leads Washington’s African Affairs team, told delegates at a bilateral meeting on regional security that the upsurge in violence “constitutes a serious threat” to Nigeria.

Fears that Maiduguri could be the next target led the government to extend an overnight curfew there.

Nick Cannon Opens Up on Divorce Rumours!

Nick Cannon has finally addressed publicly, the rumours surrounding his marriage to Mariah Carey. Married for six years, the celebrity couple have in the past few months have reportedly been experiencing a rocky marriage relationship. Rumours of Mariah being “Dumped” and living apart has been hovering recently.

On Wednesday, Cannon took to Twitter to address the issue with 19 Tweet Rant.

Following Cannon’s Twitter rant, reports has it that Mariah has already started the divorce process while Nick wants another chance. Here are some of his words expressed on Twitter.

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Floyd Mayweather Tells 50 Cent To Donate $750,000 Bet To Mike Brown’s Family

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The Floyd and Curtis (50 Cent) feud has been tapped from its nap as Floyd speaking to the media who brought up the issue on the much talked about feud.

Floyd however, did not give into talking trash but rather came up with a money challenge, not a boxing ring challenge neither. He said,

“I was thinking of something, you know, when you asked me about 50 Cent. If you want to donate money, donate money to the Mike Brown family,” Mayweather said. “I shouldn’t stop you. Our company, me and Leonard [Ellerbee], we have been donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to different organizations for years without any media, without getting credit. … The best thing for 50 Cent to do, and there are no hard feelings, is to give that $750,000 to Mike Brown’s family.”

Boko Haram “Seizes Banki Town Near Cameroon”


Reports provides that Boko Haram has captured Banki, a town which boarders Cameroon. Residents say, this was achieved after government troops fled on Tuesday, while the Nigerian military is yet to release any comment regarding the capture of Bama.

Most of the people remaining in the town were women and children, as many of the men had fled, one man who was hiding in the bush nearby told the BBC Hausa service. They also added  that the militants have not harmed anyone in the town.

Earlier this week, Boko Haram seized Bama, the biggest town in Borno after Maiduguri, which is about 70km (45 miles) away.

On the other hand, Nigerian soldiers say they do not have enough resources to curb the insurgency.


Lesotho’s PM Returns After Fleeing “Coup”

Thomas Thabane, Lesotho’s Prime Minister is back home after fleeing to South Africa due to the alleged coup attempt on Saturday.


During the unrest, regional leaders rejected his call for troops to be deployed to restore order, because the unrest is thought to be linked to a struggle between Mr Thabane, (reportedly supported by the police), and Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing who has the loyalty of the army.

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma held separate talks, under the auspices of the South African Development Community (SADC) regional bloc, with Mr Tabane and his rivals.The prime minister and his deputies in the coalition government are due to appear before the king later to present a report about the meeting.

The army on the other hand is however still denying the allegation of attempting to overthrow Thabane.

Breaking: Putin’s Spokesman Denies Ukraine/ Russia Ceasefire

Kiev says that leaders of aggrieved nations, Ukraine and Russia have agreed to a ceasefire, but Putin’s spokesman is denying claim.

Ukrainian presidency’s statement said on Wednesday after Poroshenko and Putin spoke by telephone that, “The conversation resulted in an agreement on a lasting ceasefire in Donbas. Mutual understanding was achieved regarding steps that would promote the establishment of peace.”

The office of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that he and his Russian counterpart have reached agreement on a “permanent ceasefire” in eastern Ukraine, however Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said the leaders had only discussed “steps” towards a truce.

Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told the Russian news agency Ria-Novosti that the two leaders had not agreed on a ceasefire because Moscow is not party to the conflict, adding: “They only discussed how to settle the conflict.”


Kim Kardashian: Woman of the Year

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Controversial celebrity star, Kim Kardashian West, was honoured by the GQ Men Of The Year Awards in London on Tuesday night as the Woman of the year.

 Wearing a daring custom-designed haute couture gunmetal skirt by Ralph & Russo, with an Atsuko Kudo latex bodysuit with Tom Ford heels, Kim K stunned all guests as she flaunts herself on the red carpet. She was accompanied by her husband Kanye West, who couldn’t keep his hands off her, while the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star was presented with the Woman of the Year award by GQ’s editor Dylan Jones, who didn’t announce her full name with ‘West’ on the end.

Speaking to the guests gathered at the Royal Opera House, Kim said:’It’s Kim Kardashian West. I want to thank GQ for making me Woman of the Year, and my husband for making me feel like woman of the year every day.’



Dylan Jones had introduced the reality star with the following words: ‘She is simply one of the most famous women in the world. The queen of social media and the queen of TV. And since marrying Kanye West in May she has become part of the world’s most famous couple. She’s Cocoa Cola famous.. it’s Kim Kardashian.’

Enjoy a gallery collection of the glits and glam of the event.


David Cameron Reacts to ISIL’s Threat.

After the release of a gruesome video, showing another American beheaded by ISIL terrorist on Tuesday; the group also threatened to kill, David Haines, a British Captive.


Reacting to their threat, British Premier, David Cameron said, the ISIL Takfiri militants pose a threat to the British people, adding that,

“As I have said consistently over the last few weeks, ISIL terrorists speak for no religion. They threaten Syrians, Iraqis, Americans and British people alike and make no distinction between Muslims, Christians or any other faith…”

Last month, a footage showing the decapitation of US journalist James Foley by ISIL was released in retaliation to US airstrikes against the Takfiri group in Iraq. The video also warned that the group would slay Steven Sotloff, who was being held hostage by the militants, if the US president did not halt the airstrikes.

ISIL has executed Sotloff and posted the video displaying his beheading on the internet, the SITE Intelligence Group, a research organization that tracks terrorist web postings, said on Tuesday.

“If verified, this is a despicable and barbaric murder,” Cameron said, adding that he would hold a Cobra emergency meeting on Wednesday to “review these latest developments.”

The British Premier also added that the Bristsh government would do all it could to protect its people from the ISIL terrorists.

Peter Okoye Posts Heart Warming Message to Wife, Lola.

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He captioned this today on his Instagram after his twin, Paul Okoye shared his birthday wish to the then Lola Omotayo.

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Remembering the white range rover sport “will you marry me?” show off, we just hope things keep getting better for the lovely couple. Again, this will probably be double celebration for the couple, considering the unfolding success of the release of their hit single video “Ejeajo”, featuring American rapper T. I.


Boko Haram Seizes Bama?

The key North- Eastern town of Bama has been reported to be seized by Boko Haram.

Reports say that a fierce battle transpired between the Nigerian Army and Boko Haram on Sunday and Monday, after which the Islamic militants claim ownership of Bama. Residents say that thousands of civilians have deserted their homes, including soldiers, even though the Nigerian Military is yet to release an official comment on this report.

Raising concerns are focused on the fact that Bama is about 70 km away from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, implying that it could be the next target for the terrorists, if their claim is true.


The Nigerian military had initially chased Boko Haram away from that area, but the group returned with reinforcements to seize the town, a residents said. Residents added that the militants traveled in armoured trucks and first took control of the military barracks.

Although there are no clear record of casualties, reports also say that both sides experienced serious casualties.

More so, an overnight curfew has been imposed in Maiduguri to prevent “infiltration” by militants.


Sweden Suspects Ebola…


The Swedish capital Stockholm has reported a suspected case of Ebola.

A local official said, “So far it’s just a suspected case,” without giving any more details.

The suspected carrier fell ill after visiting an area known to be hit by the virus and is now being held in isolation, as reported on the website of the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper .

Quoting Aake Oertsqvist, a specialist in infection control responsible for the Stockholm area,  the risk of an Ebola outbreak in Sweden was “very low”.

He adds that, “The virus is not airborne, but is spread among humans through direct or indirect contact via blood and other fluids.”

Rumours of Ebola in Abuja!!!

The Ebola scare which hovered the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) a couple of weeks back, seems to be engaging on a come back.


Mouths have been meddling about the possibility of an Ebola virus carrier in Abuja. Sources say that the suspected carrier attended a conference in NICON Luxury Hotel, here in Abuja and must have established contacts with other people. Residents of Abuja are already experiencing another round of the Ebola scare, aside the earlier scare which featured the unfortunate viral messages that prescribed salt for bathing and drinking as a preventive measure.

Health authorities have also encouraged people to educate themselves about the Ebola virus, and have informed people about the possibility of surviving the disease. People have been also encouraged to beef up personal hygiene and avoid unnecessary body contact.
Click below to find out more on Ebola facts and preventive measures.


Bikini Photo: Julius Agwu’s Wife

The proud husband of Ibiere Agwu flaunts a hot bikini photo of his wife.

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Ibiere Agwu who is probably chilling in the United States is missed by her husband, Julius Agwu who shared the sizzling photo of his wife on his Instagram page and he captioned “This Chic @ibmac_a is having so much fun without me… Coming for you soon”.

Awwwww!!! Trying hard to ignore the cyber romance, we can not help but draw your attention to her trimmed tummy after two kid.

Paris Hilton’s Bikini Ice Bucket Challenge (Watch Video)

Thirty three year old socialite, Paris Hilton finally accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

She captured the chilling moment at Amnesia, Ibiza, where she is hosting  Foam And Diamonds party and shared the video on Instagram. The video shows blonde Miss Hilton in a coral string bikini, with arms wide open, waiting for the frosty chills to rain down her sizzling body.


Interestingly, the stylish rich girl used a Moet Champagne cooler for her Ice Bucket Challenge in front of the party crowd who cheered as she fidgets in reaction to the down pour.

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She captioned, ‘I was nominated by a lot of people to do the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. So I did it last night after my show at my #FoamAndDiamonds Party at @AmnesiaIbiza. I will be making a large donation to the cause.’

To increase awareness and funds for Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Miss Hilton added, “And I am nominating @DJChuckie @Birdman5Star & Lil Wayne. You guys have 24 hours. To find our how you can help the cause, please go to’

Click below and watch the video clip.

VIDEO: Paris Hilton’s Ice Bucket Challenge Video Clip


Miley Strips for V Magazine

Making headlines again, controversial Miley strips naked for V Magazine.

Preparing to launch their fall edition “Rebel”, made to be ready September 10th, V Magazine approached the “rebel” herself, Miley Cyrus, for an unclad appearance on their cover. This cap really fits the wearer.

Miley also shared the photo on her Instagram, showing the word “subscribe” and two smileys over her chest area, sitting on a pile of fluffy toys. She also captioned, “Shot by Karl Lagerfeld for @vmagazine #rebelissue.”

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Finally!!! Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt…

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After six children, the celebrity couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pits finally tie the knot. Yes!!! They are married!!!

The coded couple actually had their wedding secretly in France at Chateau Miraval, owned by them.

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The coded ceremony took place last weekend with Jolie’s oldest sons, Pax and Maddox, who walked her down the aisle, while her daughters Zahara and Vivienne were her flower girls and Shiloh and Knox as ring bearers.

There you have it, the famous filmed Mr and Mrs Smith now Mr and Mrs Pitt in real life.

However, reports have it that Brad went to work immediately after the wedding ceremony and he was spotted with his wedding ring on set today.


Psquare & T. I Collabo!!! (3)

The energetic sensational music duo, Psquare are about to unleash yet another smashing hit banger; this time featuring the American rapper, T. I.

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The song, “Ejeajo” will be released in the next 48 hours, aside other songs including a song titled “Bring it on” featuring Dave Scott.

Anticipating the release of these songs,  “Ejeajo” featuring T. I could just be yet another smashing success for the duo like the previous collaboration with Rick Ross (Onyinye).

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Photos of Michael Brown’s Funeral #Ferguson

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The body of Michael Brown has been laid to rest in Missouri, attracting thousands of mourners. His death aroused violent protest, considering the fact that he was unarmed when the white policeman shot him.

Brown Jr. was due for college and had big dreams of becoming a rapper like Lil Wayne. Racial Injustice has become a thing of serious concern after his death and hopes lingering are praying that his funeral will equally bury racial tension and injustice.

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The Volunteer Teachers Programme


The education system in Nigeria has suffered a lot of setback in recent times. Our schools are poorly equipped with the necessary facilities to aid effective teaching and learning. The situation has greatly degenerated and one of the major problems that haunt education in Nigeria, is the deficit of teachers in public schools. A lot of teachers in these public schools are overworked, some teachers taking up to six to seven arms of a particular class. This way, fatigue is inevitable and teachers’ effectiveness is extremely low. The students, irrespective of the learning condition, get to write 0’level exams with students in private schools. These are the future leaders of the country and if their educational background is defective at the secondary school stage, what hope do we have? The UNESCO recommended teacher to student ratio is 1:26, but in a lot of public schools in the country, we have a teacher student ratio of 1:364 in a subject like computer education/ICT. These and more, are factors that brought about the Volunteer Teachers Program as an intervention to augment the teacher deficit in public schools in Nigeria.

The Volunteer Teachers Program, is a project put together by two non-governmental organization, Holyhill Relief Foundation and Joint Initiative for Development. It is designed to augment the deficit of teachers in public schools in Nigeria, by putting together a platform that allow individuals who are seasoned professionals in their various fields to volunteer to teach for a minimum of one hour a week in a public secondary school. These volunteer teachers are gainfully employed individuals from corporate Nigeria. A lot of them teach several times a week-without any form of incentive or allowance- ensuring that they impart knowledge to the young ones and also playing their part in the development of education in Nigeria.

The program is appropriately and adequately monitored to ensure that the volunteer teacher whom the organizations have trained on volunteering, classroom management, code of conduct for teachers etc, abide by them. There is a proper monitoring and evaluating system set in place to ensure that the code of conduct set by the school board is complied with and the teachers are committed to the program.

The program is in its pilot phase. It was put to test in Model Secondary School, Maitama, Abuja for a term and the results have been mind-blowing. The ratio of teacher to students have enormously reduced and teachers have become more effective. A subject like Chemistry that had a teacher student ratio of 1:147, has reduced to about 1: 97 . Computer Education/ICT that had a teacher, student ratio of 1:364, now has a ratio of 1: 91. These are just a few examples of the impact the program has had in the school in just a space of two months.

Pursuant to the impact of the program so far in our model school, we hope to scale up the program and expand to more schools within the country that are desperately in need of this kind of humanitarian service, especially in the rural areas.

We believe that if we want to see change, we have to take the first step in that direction. It’s time to act; no more folding of arms and complaining. If we want a better Nigeria for the next generation, we must do what we can to groom the future leaders of this country. You can contribute your quota in ensuring that the future of a child is guaranteed.

Individuals who are passionate about changing the educational sector in Nigeria and who want to give back to the society by volunteering their time to teach in public schools or individuals and organization that want to be a part of the program are welcome.

For more information, please visit, send an email to, follow us on twitter @holyhilledx or call 09 290 9145.

#KakandaTemple ~ A Letter to that Nigerian-Palestinian


Dear Friend,

Before you accuse me of finding nothing worth praising about you and yours, let me quickly empathise with you, and of course myself, over the killings in Gaza. You, as a humanist, one whose empathy has no border, are a citizen of the world, one of the reasons the earth is still habitable by the sane. It would be morally irresponsible for anyone to frown at your frantic advocacy which seeks an end to the killings in Gaza, only that commonsense demands a man whose house is on fire to rush for the extinguisher for his own dwelling first, before attending to a similar fire elsewhere.

London stands up for Gaza, because London is not bereaved. New York Stands up for Gaza because New York isn’t being threatened by hurricane-somebody now. Palestine would not stand up for Chibok because they also have a strip of misery in which they are just as worthless: Gaza. And the young Malala Yousafzai who came and roused the conscience of her fathers in Nigeria, was not here as a Pakistani as you have announced in defending your geographically insensitive activism from my “secular advocacy”. She was here as a Birmingham, England-based NGO owner, to stand with the girls of Nigeria in whose education Malala Fund has invested thousands of dollars. She has, as the news says, even “offered to partner with the UN efforts to mitigate the impacts of the abduction and help the girls (whose welfare is a responsibility of her NGO) return to school.”

You see, it’s not the way you internationalise your empathies that disturbs me, it’s this seeming pretence that all is well in your backyard while you weep over the blazing fire in faraway Gaza. If you, and others like you, had been half as passionate and emotional in your reaction to local tragedies as you are over the killings in Palestine, the troubles in the northeastern Nigeria wouldn’t have escalated to its present extent. The Palestinians, and their global solidarity soldiers, have gone berserk over the burning of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair, their citizen, and you, amnesiac activist of a burning nation, have also been losing sleep over Khudair, ignoring the tens of Khudairs who die in your backyard every day!

It’s not the internationalisation of your empathies that disturbs me, it’s your lack of wisdom to understand that Khudair has his fighters — and he’s fully named, his age too revealed –while all the killed and abducted Dantalas and Asma’us and Johns and Naomis of Yobe and Borno are seen as mere statistics, unworthy of collective advocacy by you.

Ours is not a criticism of the northern establishment, but that of its hypocritical allegiance to “brotherhood of faith”, which is what you say in your solidarity with the Palestinians, ignoring that we’re just as bereaved here, and unknowing that Palestine is also a home for non-Muslims. But, wait, what sort of a human being is responsive to the tragedies that fall upon just the people of his faith?

Ours is a criticism of the collective, not of a specific group. This is a reminder that we have not done enough, not a declaration that we have not done anything at all. It’s a criticism of me and you who, safe from the bullets of Boko Haram, have not done anything comparable to the emotions shown in the sensitivity of our countrymen to the happening in Gaza. Are you, my dear global citizen, trying to say that we, especially resident northerners, need CNN and Aljazeera to remind us that there are carnages going on in our backyard before we acknowledge them?
Haven’t we all lost friends and friends of friends and relatives and relatives of relatives in this madness? What media is more effective than being actually bereaved? The most effective media is our emotions, and on this I dare say that we haven’t shown and done enough. My participation in #BringBackOurGirls shows me the hypocrisy of our Muslim brothers and sisters who, dismissing our hashtags as a gimmick, are now loud champions of #FreePalestine.

See, we are as bereaved as the people of Palestine and it’s quite ironic that, instead of gathering our lots to empathise with ourselves first and demand solutions and justice, we pretend as though all’s well in our house. Why are the people of Palestine not empathising with the people of Borno if our “brotherhood of faith” is actually reciprocal? Why? I repeat: why aren’t the people of Palestine extending their “brotherhood of faith” to us in the hours of our bereavements? The Palestinians have never stopped fighting. They have their men up and running against oppression. Who’s up fighting for us, especially for Chibok and the larger northeast? Why leaving these campaigns against Boko Haram’s terrors to just the members of Civilian JTF and #BringBackOurGirls campaigners?

You even said that no atrocity is more than that going on in Gaza, and I ask: is there an experience worse than having minors abducted, savagely raped and impregnated by terrorists? Saying that no atrocity is as bad as that in Gaza means that the sanctity of a Palestinian’s life is higher than that of a Nigerian’s. And that, fellow countryman, is an unfortunate and disturbing utterance.

Similarly, you have to be really careful in your advocacy. At least get relevant history books to properly understand the religious and political complexity of the territorial conflicts that have turned Gaza into a prison-mortuary. Your alignment with the Palestinians, your brothers-in-faith, may lead you into something called antisemitism. And you also need to understand that it’s the peak of such misguided hatred that resulted into the formation of a racist ideology that once sought to promote the “Aryan” German race as the best of humans. Nazism, consequently, championed the killings of the innocent Jews, who were considered threats to proposed German nationalism.

In your analyses of the happenings in Gaza, you have, quite sadly, pandered to a way of the Hitler-led Aryan racists who considered the Jewish race abolishable pests.

Do have restraint in understanding that the happenings in Israel is not a crime perpetrated, and supported, by the whole of Jews. It’s a crime perpetrated by a monstrous ideology championed by a people of Jewish identity, just the way Nazism was not supported by the whole of Germans, but by a small but powerful National Socialist party clique. If you’re to adopt this form of flawed thinking in portraying ethnic or religious groups, obviously the whole of Muslims should be similarly persecuted for the crimes of Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabbab, the Taliban and even Boko Haram who all pretend to be advocates of rights for the Muslim!

Hate the Israelis who, under zionism, did to Palestinians what the Nazis did to the Jews, but do not go close to hating the whole of Jews. Saying I hate the Jews means I hate some significant figures that shaped me, mine and the larger world. Saying I hate the Jews means I hate Jesus, who in my theology is Isah (AS), needed to authenticate my belief; saying I hate the Jews means I hate Moses (AS), similarly needed; saying I hate the Jews is an ingratitude to Albert Einstein’s contribution to science; saying I hate the Jews is an ingratitude to Sergey Brin, the founder of Google, whose invention has redeemed me in ways I’m incapable of repaying; saying I hate the Jews is also an ingratitude to Mark Zuckerberg whose innovation is the reason you and I are “friends” – even though we’ve never met – sharing thoughts on the ways of the world.

As long as you’re on Facebook, and employ Google to aid your quests for knowledge, both creations of inventors of Jewish identity, declaring that you hate the Jews is a contradiction, a joke clearly on you. And, as Muslims, your faith is threatened the moment you withhold your love for Jesus and Moses.

Don’t let a criminal be a representative of his race, religion and nationality. This approach, this dangerous stereotyping, has been the reason for these many conflicts we are still unable to resolve in this damned world. We must embrace our humanity, the only thing we all have in common, if we’re indeed interested in resolving our racial, religious, political, regional, territorial and ethnic conflicts!

Unlike you, whenever I see a group of people, the first identity that strikes me is the human, not the religious, not the political, not the racial, and obviously not the ethnic. Aside from my immediate family, my next closest family are the righteous people, people always in pursuit of Justice without discrimination, and of their other identities I’m unmindful.

I’ve long overcome the naiveté of hating a people based on the crimes of a group of which they are non-compliant members, just the way I don’t owe any non-Muslim and southerner apology for the atrocities of the Boko Haram. I only owe them explanation, defence, solidarity and empathy. My seeming silence over the killings in Gaza is simply because I’ve also been mourning, and also holed up in a mess of immeasurable depth. The Palestinians, I know, have global solidarity soldiers fighting for them. But, beyond hashtags, who are actually fighting for the redemptions of this place in which we don’t need a visa to reside?

This week, at our Abuja’s #BringBackOurGirls sit-in, as I listened to Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, a woman whose public service records never really attracted my curiosity, but I’ve come to like as a humanist and patriot of impressive resilience, lament on the fate and conditions of the abducted girls and the dysfunctionality of the system in charge of our safety, something within me collapsed. So I withdrew from the crowd, hoping that could stem it, but I still couldn’t fight the tears. And that was how I left the sit-in, broken. This is because, in the cruel politics of migrations in this century, I have no home other than Nigeria, and the tragedy that befalls a fellow countryman, irrespective of his/her religious and ethnic and regional affiliations, is a shared grief.

I’m not inconsiderate to your reference to “brotherhood of faith” in standing for the people of Gaza, but I will never ever stand for them simply because we’re of the same religion. My own version of that excuse of yours is: “faith in the universal brotherhood of Man.” I only empathise with them because of a shared humanity. As for those who rightly explain that humanity has no border, which I also endorse, my belief in yours may only be confirmed if you also recognise the conditions of the Iraqi Christians who’re now fleeing Mosul, for they have been told by the ISIS animals to convert to Islam or lose their lives. Many of you are in Abuja, but participating in #BringBackOurGirls is seen as a “waste of time”, insulting those who defy the tasks of their 9-to-5 daily to be a part of the campaign, ignorant of the impending dangers, the danger of becoming refugees in your own city!

Yet, some of you have sought to typify my refusal to label corpses in order to know which deserves my empathy as simply a bid to earn a medal from the non-Muslims I’ve been struggling so hard, according to you, to impress; some of the same non-Muslims who, in a spark of mischief, have in their turn called me an “Islamic propagandist”, whatever that is, for condemning the profiling of northerners in the East, for endorsing a Muslim as presidential candidate… But I’m indifferent to their malicious labeling just as I’ve been to yours because you’re both incapable of denying me the rights to such expressions.

Humanity is still a joke because of this army of cerebrally malfunctioned brothers and sisters to whom we’re seen as hypocrites merely trying to impress the non-members of our group, for exposing a form of oppressive hypocrisy. Well, my dear friend, I don’t write to influence or change you; my writing is a sport that seeks to prove that I don’t think the way you do, and that the way I think is independent of yours. I hope this would be taken in good faith. May God save us from us!

By Gimba Kakanda
@gimbakakanda (On Twitter)

UN Day on Sports for Peace and Development: School Children Demand Peace In Nigeria


UN Day on Sports for Peace and Development: School children demand peace in Nigeria.

Young School children, in commemoration of the United Nations day on Sports for Peace and Development in Nigeria, played a ‘football match for peace’ on Friday April 4. The match was played between LEA school Utako and LEA school zone 2, ended 1-0 in favour of LEA Utako. The children, put in their best, in a bid to call the government to act on their role of protecting the citizens from mayhem and bringing about peace in Nigeria. With the continuous attack on people including children in Nigeria, especially the murder of about 22 children in February by the dreaded Boko Haram sect, the children thought it very relevant to ask for peace using sport. Isah Ahmed a primary school student, urged the federal government to put a stop to the killings and find a way to stop the several sects tormenting and torturing the lives of people. He said “I want to beg the government to put a stop to the killing of school children, Boko haram should also please stop torturing the people, please I beg.”

The International Day of sports for peace is to highlight the potential of sports to advance peoples life and promote global solidarity. The event coordinator, an award winning journalist Ms Aderonke Ogunleye, said she organised the event because she believes there is power in sports for development. “Sports is a powerful tool for development, it helps in spreading messages of peace, driving social change and meeting the millennium development goals, and we equally use it to ask for peace in Nigeria.” I believe in a peaceful nation, a peaceful Nigeria and it can be echoed through the football match,” she said. Speaking about the event, she said the football match was a successful one. “‘The school children were all happy with what they did, being Peace Ambassadors made them happy. I join million Nigerians to tell all the terrorist groups to stop the attack and embrace peace.”

Eugene Igbudu, Representative of the UNAIDS Country director Dr. Camara Bilali at the event also said they are on a road to educate for peace, he said “it is our own way of bringing peace to the nation, we are here to educate children and Nigerians on the need for peace through activities like this sports especially which is a universal language, this way we can achieve peace and achieve all our goals and objectives, it is a developmental process” The event was sponsored by the Nigeria Football federation, Nigerian Red cross, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF and John Utaka Foundation. The event organizer Ms Ogunleye thanked the partners for helping bring the event to fruition. She said, “‘We thank all our partners for being part of this remarkable event, it actually shows they are socially responsible and also showed their contributions to the society. We are indeed grateful and I wish them all the best”.