Fayose Slammed For Chibok Girls Comment

Criticisms have trailed the outburst of Governor Ayodele Fayose on the abducted Chibok schoolgirls

Fayose had said the abduction was not true, but a political instrument to vote out former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He spoke in Ado Ekiti while declaring open a two-day workshop on capacity building among female political aspirants from Ekiti, Osun and Ondo states.

The administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan had lived in denial up till three weeks after the news of the abduction broke, saying no schoolgirl was kidnapped in Chibok.

The senator representing Osun-West senatorial district, Isiaka Adeleke, said Fayose should put himself in the shoes of the schoolgirls’ parents, adding that even former President Jonathan later admitted that the schoolgirls were kidnapped.

Adeleke, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, said, “Fayose should not trivialise this touchy issue. The governor should use his time wisely and pray for the safe return of these girls.”

The senator representing the Osun-East senatorial district, Babajide Omoworare, called on the country’s security agencies to invite Fayose to tell Nigerians where the kidnapped schoolchildren are.

In a reaction on Thursday, Omoworare said his called for the interrogation of Fayose because the governor appeared to have classified information on the whereabouts of the girls.

He said, “Security agents must invite Fayose for us to know where the schoolgirls are. He is probably having classified information. However, if he is playing politics as usual, it is cruel to mock the girls’ parents and Nigerians who are daily in agony and hoping that someday, the girls would come back alive.

“The Buhari administration will do all it can to bring back the girls and end the mockery from people like Fayose.”

Also, a former member of the House of Representatives, Bamidele Faparusi, described Fayose’s claim as a threat to national security.

Faparusi, a chieftain of the APC in Ekiti State, maintained that Fayose by the statement had insulted the sensibilities of the families of the missing girls.

He called on the security agencies to invite the governor for questioning to shed more light on his claims.

Faparusi said, “Governor Fayose has given the whole country the lead that these girls were neither missing nor dead. All we need to do is to ask him to tell the whole country where they are being kept and nothing more.

“The world-renowned activist, Malala, came to Nigeria to visit Dr Goodluck Jonathan and begged that these children must be recovered. Even after the abduction, some of these girls escaped and were later reunited with their families when Jonathan was still in the saddle.

“Could it be inferred here that the former President who is also a member of Fayose’s party, had lied against his own administration?”

A former Executive Secretary, Ayedire Local Government Council of Osun State, Gbenga Ogunkanmi, said that Nigerians should not accord Fayose attention.

In a statement by his media aide, Ismail Usman, on Thursday, Ogunkanmi said Fayose had lost the sense of dignity and integrity.

He said, “It is shocking that a person occupying the exalted position of governor could open his mouth and gush out these insensible utterances. It shows how debased our political system is. It shows that something is wrong with how our political leaders emerge.”

Also, the Lagos State chapter of the APC slammed Fayose for describing the abduction of the missing schoolgirls as a political gimmick to pull down the Jonathan administration.

Speaking in an interview with our correspondent on Thursday, the state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Joe Igbokwe, said Fayose had subjected himself to public ridicule with his comments.

He said, “It pains me to no end that we are still providing a chance for world-class joker, Fayose, to continue to insult our intelligence. Fayose is an indictment on all of us, especially the educated people of Ekiti State.

“Fayose is a punishment to the people of Nigeria and Ekiti State. The people deserve the kind of government they get. Again, the relocation of Ekiti lawmakers to Oyo State is not unconnected with the house of fraud called Ekiti Government House. Nothing good can come out of Ekiti as long as Fayose is there. Out of nothing comes nothing. You cannot give what you do not have.”

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See Caitlyn Jenner’s Open Letter Following Controversial ‘Man In A Dress’ Comment

A lot of the 65-year-old’s comments have also sparked backlash, with her recent interview with TIME magazine being a cause for concern for the community.

In the interview, Caitlyn attempts to justify her focus on her physical appearance, stating that “people are still uncomfortable if a trans person looks like a man in a dress”, and the former Olympian has now written an open letter to apologise for the upset her interview caused.

Linking to the piece over on her Twitter page, Caitlyn wrote: “Setting the record straight about some of my recent comments”, with the letter reading: “In the first scene of the first episode of I Am Cait, I was up at 4:30 in the morning worrying, ‘I hope I get it right.’

“Since I told the world my truth six months ago, I’ve tried to be a force for good. I’ve met and listened to many people in the transgender community, from trans women of color, to the parents of trans kids who’ve taken their own lives, to people working in the courts and legislatures and media to make the world a better, safer place for trans people

“I’ve spent a lot of time listening to people tell me their stories. Even now, at the end of this whirlwind year, I still feel like I have so much to learn.

“I guess it’s true that there are some things that I have not gotten right. Sometimes this is because I’m still finding out about the issues. Sometimes this is because something that is true for me isn’t true for other people in our community. And sometimes I’ve said things that just come out the wrong way.

“And sometimes the media takes one comment out of context—or interprets it to mean something other than what I meant.

“In the last week many people have pointed out some mistakes I’ve made. My first reaction was to feel hurt, to wish people would give me more credit for having a big heart, and to know I don’t have a mean bone in my body. But as I’ve thought about it, I guess I’ve come to understand that maybe I have made some mistakes, and I need to make my real feelings more clear.

“This week a lot of attention was brought to my comments in my TIME interview, in which I said that my appearance is important to me, that I want people to be at ease when they encounter me, and that people are still uncomfortable if a trans person looks like ‘a man in a dress.’

“I think I caused a lot of hurt with this comment, and I’m truly sorry.

“What I was trying to say is that our world really is still a binary one, and that people who look “visibly transgender” sometimes can struggle for acceptance and may be treated poorly by others. And while this may be true, it’s also something that needs to change.”

Caitlyn goes on to explain that those who don’t want to conform to gender norms have “every right to look and present exactly as they choose”, admitting that she understands that her comments “probably” made her seem like all she “cares about is fashion, or makeup, or appearance.”

The star clarified: “I can tell you I really enjoy all of that—it’s who I am. It’s the world I come from, and as a person in the media I have certain expectations for myself. But I am only one person. There are a lot of ways of being trans.”

Poignantly rounding up the letter, Caitlyn acknowledges that this is “probably not the last time” she will say the wrong thing but promised to “keep learning”.

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Oprah Winfrey Defends The Kardashians After Rebel Wilson’s “Famous For No Talent” Comment

Oprah Winfrey has no problem with the Kardashian family’s celebrity status. In fact, she admires their work ethic. The TV personality defended the reality TV family during KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O Show in Australia on Monday, Nov. 9.

“I interviewed the Kardashians two years ago and I can’t believe how hard they work. People don’t understand that, people think, Oh, if a television camera’s just following you, then that’s just easy,” Winfrey, 61, said during the radio show. “To really create a reality series that looks like something’s actually happening, it means you have to be on all the time.”

She continued: “I went to film them as a family and I couldn’t believe how hard they worked. We were there for seven hours and they were gonna tape another seven hours after I left. No matter who you are, that is work.”

Winfrey’s comments were in response to a remark Rebel Wilson made earlier this month. As previously reported, the Pitch Perfect actress refused to present with Kendall and Kylie Jenner at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.

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Afenifere Blasts Kwankwaso Over Fulani Herdsmen Comment

The pan-Yoruba socio-political and cultural group, Afenifere, has slammed the former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, over his recent comment on the menace of Fulani herdsmen in the South-west.

Kwankwaso, who was in Ibadan, Oyo State last weekend, had picked holes in the threat by Yoruba leaders to sack all Fulani herdsmen from the zone due to the criminalities of some of them.

Reacting to the Afenifere’s threat, which was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a summit in Ibadan, following the kidnap saga of the former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae, the former governor said such should not be contemplated as ‘Nigeria is home to all.’

But in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, entitled, ‘of Criminal Fulani herdsmen and uncultured Kwakwaso,’ Afenifere described Kwankwaso’s statement as ‘uncouth, rude and insensitive.

“In all his ramblings in Ibadan, Kwakwanso did not condemn the abduction of Chief Falae, the killing of innocent farmers, raping of women and destruction of crops and farmlands in the course of the grazing activities of Fulani herdsmen. He only tacitly justified their activities by offering excuses for their criminal conducts,” the statement read in parts.

Afenifere said it was irritating for Kwankwaso to be justifying the criminal activities of the Fulani herdsmen on the ground of not having opportunity to go school as if it was the Yoruba that actually denied them the opportunity.

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Meek Mill Calls Wale A ‘Hoe’ Over Drake Rap Beef Comment

After beefing with Drake and accusing him of hiring ghostwriters and getting golden showers from T.I., Meek Mill seemed to return to his girl’s tour world tour. That is, until Wale, Mill’s label mate on Maybach Music Group, spoke to the Breakfast Club on the situation.

“Somebody be off the drink. A little testosterone on tour. You know, you’re with your girl. I don’t know what’s going on, but it’s not the right decision. I honestly think he brought a pencil to a gun fight. He ain’t even bring a knife — a pencil. A piece of paper. He tried to paper cut him to death. You can’t compete with somebody that got them type of relationships. I’m tellin’ everybody who thinks that Meek lost this of the strength of losing. It doesn’t matter what he made. He could’ve wrote ‘Ether 3.0’ and the opinions of the people would’ve been that their boy from Canada waxed him.”

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APC Blasts Lamido Over Kidnap Comment

APC has condemned Gov. Sule Lamido of Jigawa State for calling for the kidnapping of its leaders. The party described Lamido’s comment as reckless.

Garba Shehu, Director of Media and Publicity of the party’s Presidential Campaign Organisation, said it was unfortunate that a governor of Lamido’s standing would make such careless statement in front of television cameras at a time when the nation was fighting insecurity.

Shehu, who addressed a press conference in Abuja on Monday, said he hoped that Lamido was joking with the comment.

Lamido had on Tuesday during an interactive session of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum (PDPGF) with the media and civil society organisations called for the abduction of APC leaders as a way of breaking the party.

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Man Arrested After Commenting on his Own Wanted Photo on Facebook

An Ohio man was arrested after he commented on his own wanted photo posted on a sheriff’s department’s Facebook page.

Andrew Dale Marcum, 21, was wanted on numerous outstanding warrants, including an abduction and domestic violence charge stemming from a January incident involving the mother of his child, according to Hamilton police. The Butler County Sheriff’s Office, which serves warrants, took to its Facebook page Monday and highlighted Marcum as its “Featured Warrant of the Week.”

The post included multiple photos of Marcum, a description of the suspect, and a list of his recent alleged crimes, including felony burglary/safe-cracking, felony abduction, and misdemeanor charges of assault, domestic violence and criminal endangering, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Just four hours after the post, Marcum replied, “I ain’t tripping half of them don’t even know me.”

The Sheriff’s Office was quick to reply with a polite, “Andrew Marcum – If you could stop by the Sheriff’s Office, that’d be great.”

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