Rihanna Slams Beyoncé Feud Rumors Over Grammy Nominations

The “Work” singer wants everyone to “drop this topic.” She dismisses the suggestion of her having a beef with Jay Z’s wife, adding, “We don’t need to be putting black women against each other! We deserve to be celebrated, and the Grammy Academy agrees!”

Rihanna accidentally fuelled longstanding rumors of a feud between the women on Instagram yesterday after Grammy nominations were announced. It all started when RiRi “liked” a photo on a fan account that read,Congrats and all to @badgalriri and all for her 8 Grammy nods but tbh f–k them because they snubbed her for Song of the Year and Album of the Year… I think they didn’t want her tied or passing someone else *cough cough* [lemon emoji]… f–k you Grammys.”

With her nine nominations for Lemonade yesterday, Beyoncé is the most-nominated female artist in Grammy history. Bey is also the artist with the most nominations this year; Rihanna, Drake, and Kanye West tied for second place with eight nominations each.

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Pope Slams Transgender Teachings, Says It’s Against Nature

Pope Francis reaffirmed his disagreement with teaching gender identity in schools on Sunday, after earlier calling it a “war against marriage.”

On a return flight to Rome at the end of a three-day trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, the Pope recounted a meeting with a French father whose young son wanted to be a girl after reading about it in a textbook.
“This is against nature,” he said. “It is one thing when someone has this tendency … and it is another matter to teach this in school.”
“To change the mentality — I call this ideological colonization,” the Pope said.
The Pope said he still spends time with transgender people, leading them closer to God.
In August, the Pope called the teaching of gender identity theory “terrible.”
“Today, in schools they are teaching this to children — to children! — that everyone can choose their gender,” Pope Francis said.
New Ways Ministry, a Catholic LGBT advocacy group, criticized those remarks.
“The pontiff’s remarks are further evidence that church officials need desperately to educate themselves about the lives and experiences of LGBT people,” said Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry.
“Nobody chooses a gender identity. They discover it.”
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FG Slams Economist Magazine Report On “Change Begins With Me” Campaign

The Nigerian government has slammed United Kingdom-based magazine, The Economist, over its report on the government’s anti-indiscipline campaign: Change Begins With Me.

President Muhammadu Buhari launched the campaign on September 8, calling on citizens to imbibe new values and change attitudinally before demanding the “change” which he had promised.

But in a report titled: ”Nigeria’s war against indiscipline, Behave or be whipped” – on September 24, The Economist blistered the new campaign.

Locally, the campaign had met with criticisms that – the idea was not original; Mr. Buhari plagiarized parts of his speech during the launch; and that the President was trying to shift burden of “change” promise.

Days after the magazine’s critical report, Nigerian government through the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, reacted on Wednesday. Mr. Mohammed described The Economist’s as “racist” and one characterized by “embellishment”.

“Contrary to the newspaper’s self-professed belief in ”plain language”, the article in question, from the headline to the body, is a master-piece of embellishment or dressed-up language,” said Mr. Mohammed.

“It is loaded with innuendos and decidedly pejorative at best, and downright racist at worst.

“The Economist wrote that President Buhari wants to ”tame” Nigerians with the ”Change Begins With Me” Campaign. For those who are the owners of the English language, the use of that word is unpardonable, “The verb ”tame” suggests that Nigerians are some kind of wild animals that must be domesticated, and the usage reveals the mindset of the authors of the article: a deliberate put-down of a whole people under the guise of criticising a government policy,” he added.

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Gulen Slams Turkey Judicial System Over Arrest Warrant

US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen has condemned Turkey’s judicial system after a court issued an arrest warrant that accuses him of ordering last month’s bid to topple President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“It is well-documented that the Turkish court system is without judicial independence, so this warrant is yet another example of President Erdogan’s drive for authoritarianism and away from democracy,” he said in a statement late on Thursday.

The arrest warrant, issued earlier in the day, accuses Gulen of “ordering the July 15 coup,” the Anadolu news agency reported.

Gulen strongly denies any involvement in the attempted putsch and the movement he leads insists it is a charitable network promoting tolerant Islam.

“The issuance of an arrest warrant from a Turkish court changes nothing about my status or my views,” Gulen said.

“I have repeatedly condemned the coup attempt in Turkey and denied any knowledge or involvement.”

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Obama Slams Trump’s ‘Loose Talk & Sloppiness’ Over Muslims

President Barack Obama on Tuesday charged that “loose talk” about Muslims by presidential hopeful Donald Trump and other Republicans was betraying American values and harming the fight against extremism.

“We’re starting to see where this kind of rhetoric and loose talk and sloppiness about who exactly we’re fighting, where this can lead us,” Obama told a news conference, two days after the Orlando attacks.

“We now have proposals from the presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States to bar all Muslims from emigrating to America — language that singles out immigrants and suggests entire religious communities are complicit in violence.

Where does this stop?”

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Court Slams Zuma For Use Of Public Funds To Renovate House

South Africa’s top court on Thursday delivered a damning verdict against President Jacob Zuma, saying he flouted the constitution over public funds used to upgrade his private residence, sparking immediate calls for him to be impeached.

Zuma “failed to uphold, defend and respect the constitution as the supreme law of the land,” Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said in a strongly-worded ruling from the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg.

The court judgment came as Zuma fights back against separate allegations that a wealthy Indian family influenced ministerial appointments in a scandal that has rocked his government.

Zuma has also been battered by the country’s sharply declining economy. But he retains a strong grip on parliament through his dominant leadership of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, and any impeachment bid looked unlikely to succeed. The so-called “security” upgrades at Zuma’s rural homestead, which were valued in 2014 at 216 million rand (then $24 million), included a swimming pool, a chicken run, a cattle enclosure and an amphitheatre.

“The president must personally pay the amount determined by the national treasury,” Mogoeng said on Thursday.

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Human Rights Watch Slams FG Over Silence On 300 Abducted Damasak Children

Global watchdog, Human Rights Watch, has slammed the federal government over its unacceptable silence on the abduction of 300 children from Damasak, Borno State.

In a press statement, the organization urged the government to “take urgent steps to secure the release of about 400 women and children, including at least 300 elementary school students, abducted by Boko Haram from the town of Damasak in Borno State a year ago”.

“Damasak is the largest documented school abduction by Boko Haram militants. Yet, it has drawn far less public attention than the group’s widely condemned abduction of 276 schoolgirls from a government secondary school in Chibok in April 2014. While 57 of those girls managed to escape, 219 remain captive almost two years later,” the statement added.

The group said that the children have been missing for a year, and yet there has been no word from the Nigerian government, according to Mausi Segun, a researcher at Human Rights Watch.
“The authorities need to wake up and find out where the Damasak children and other captives are and take urgent steps to free them,” he added.

On November 24, 2014, Boko Haram attacked Damasak, a trading town about 200 kilometers northwest of Maiduguri, near the border with Niger, blocking all four roads leading into the town and trapping residents and traders.

The insurgents quickly occupied Zanna Mobarti Primary School, shutting the gates and locking more than 300 students, ages 7 to 17, inside, according to a teacher at the school and other witnesses that Human Rights Watch interviewed.

The Boko Haram militants then used the school as a military base, bringing scores of other women and children abducted across the town there as captives.

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Prophet Slams Fr. Mbaka Over Plot To Kill Buhari Prophecy

Kaduna-based Prophet and General Overseer of Christ’s Vision Ministries, Revd Samuel Taiwo Deji, has told the Enugu-based Catholic Priest, Revd Father Ejike Mbaka to withdraw his prophecy that some people are plotting to kill President Muhammadu Buhari.

Revd Father Mbaka of Adoration Ministries, Enugu, had on New Year day,  January 1,  2016, predicted that some Nigerians were plotting to kill the President.

However,  Prophet Deji said Father Mbaka’s prediction was more of a demonic message than a divine one from God.
Revd Deji, 63, who is a professor of theology in Christian Education, said he decided to write off Father Mbaka because God had told him ( Deji ) that there would be no bloodshed in the corridors of power in 2016.

According to the Ekiti State- born man of God: “Buhari should go and sleep,  not only sleep, but snore, because Father Mbaka is passing a message that is demonic and not of God.

“Father Mbaka was in a hurry,  he did not wait for God’s message for President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I see this type of message as too political, far from God’s words for our President. In fact, many youths will be comfortable this year. But I equally see famine hitting this country this year. So, people should be wise how they manage their food this year.”

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“It’s My Hair”, Trump Slams White House For Mocking His Hair

Donald Trump said Thursday that it was “disgusting” for the White House’s top spokesman to go after his hair while the US is facing such serious issues.

“Isn’t that disgusting for a presidential representative to make that comment?” Trump said during an interview on “Fox & Friends.”

“I assume he was joking,” the Republican presidential front-runner added.

Earlier this week, White House press secretary Josh Earnest blasted Trump for proposing to bar virtually all Muslims from entering the US until the “hatred” in the religion is figured out. Earnest said Trump had disqualified himself from the presidency — and he tossed in a comment about the billionaire’s “fake hair” when he trashed the proposal.

“The Trump campaign for months now has had a dustbin-of-history-like quality to it, from the vacuous sloganeering to the outright lies to even the fake hair. The whole carnival-barker routine that we’ve seen for some time now,” Earnest said during his Tuesday media briefing.

Trump said on “Fox & Friends” that such an insult was beneath the White House amid terror threats overseas and other serious issues.

“For a presidential person representing us in such tough times — we have terrorism and all of the problems — for him to make that comment, I thought it was so ridiculous,” Trump said. “And you know I get kidded about that all the time and it’s fine. It doesn’t matter.”

Trump continued blasting away at President Barack Obama’s administration for its pattern of lying.

“But when you see, in these times, for a guy like that to make a false — by the way, to lie. He lied just like Obama lied about Obamacare. Just like they lie about so much. This administration’s one big lie,” Trump said.

He also assured Fox’s viewers that “it’s my hair.”

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Erykah Badu Slams Iggy Azalea At Soul Train Awards, Read What She Told Her

The Soul Train Awards was broadcast live right on Centric TV/BET and it’s already starting off with a bang.

While on stage, Erykah Badu answers a phone call and it’s Iggy Azalea. Well, it’s not really Iggy, but play along here. Here’s where she decides to deliver the ether:

“Uh yes? Who is this? Iggy Azalea? Yeah, hey,” she says about celebrities who can hop aboard the Soul Train. “Oh, no, no, no, no, you can come. ‘Cause what you doin’ is definitely not rap.”

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50 Cent Slams Vivica Fox For Insinuating He Is Gay

Fans may have expected Sunday’s Watch What Happens Live to be all about the Real Housewives of Atlanta season premiere. But once host Andy Cohen asked one of his guests about Empire, things took quite the turn.

“What were your thoughts when 50 Cent blamed the season ratings dip on ‘gay stuff?'” Andy asked Vivica.

“First of all, you know the pot called the kettle black is all I’m saying,” Vivica responded. Kandi Burruss replied, “That was some tea! That was shade. That was major shade.”

When Andy asked if 50 Cent could be gay, Vivica said “he’s not,” but not before adding, “We had a great time. He just seems like he’s got something that’s not quite clear.” She also brought up a Vibe cover with 50 Cent and Soulja Boy that raised flags for her.

Shortly after making the statements, 50 Cent went to Instagram to set the record straight. “Oh No!!! Now she things I’m gay because I let her lick my Ass. LMAO,” he wrote. “Wait, I didn’t want her to, she forced me, my hands were tied. 50 Shades of Grey.”

Soulja Boy added, “Everybody hit up this cougar..she’s single & ready to mingle …1-800-GrannyDesperateForAttention extension I’mWashedUp.”



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N5,000 Stipend: PDP Slams Buhari, APC Senators

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ?has said that Wednesday’s rejection by the All Progressives Congress, APC, senators of N5,000 monthly stipend, underscored the “monumental hypocrisy” of their party in getting to power by means of deceit and false promises to Nigerians.

APC had promised payment of N5,000 to unemployed Nigerians as a social security ?package during electioneering campaign.

PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh?,? in a statement on Thursday said the development was a clear confirmation that the APC was a party of “hypocrites, who never had the intentions of honouring any of their campaign promises”?.?

“The PDP declares that it is absolutely obvious to all that the APC came to power riding on monumental lies and deceit in making promises they had no intentions to keep.

“All they wanted was to get into power and they achieved this with their lying tongues.

“Indeed, the unanimity displayed by the APC senators in rejecting the promised N5, 000 monthly welfare package, especially coming after their party and the presidency had made futile efforts to distance themselves from it, further stresses the duplicitous spirit of the APC and its reprehensible insensitivity to the feelings and aspirations of Nigerians, especially the unsuspecting youths, women and the indigent, who they shamelessly swindled with false promises.

“From the foregoing therefore, Nigerians should not expect any sincere action from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government on the other promises including monthly allowance to discharged but unemployed NYSC members, free meals and scholarship to school children, free houses, bringing the naira to the same value with the dollar.

“Our position remains that the APC has sufficiently confirmed to the world that they have a lot to learn on the leadership values of honesty, integrity, credibility and forthrightness.

“Finally, we invite Nigerians to note the powers amply vested in them by the constitution under a democracy as we urge them to stand on such powers and hold the APC and its government accountable for all their campaign promises,” the party said.

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Ex-Gov. Of Akwa Ibom Quits Partisan Politics, Slams PDP

 A former governor of Akwa Ibom State and founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Victor Attah, has announced his retirement from partisan politics.

Mr. Attah, a member of PDP Board of Trustees, on Tuesday announced at a press conference in Uyo, the state capital, that he would be playing the role of an elder statesman to “continue to serve this country with love, strength, and faith”.

Although it was not expressly stated, it appeared Mr. Attah was quitting the PDP to enable him mobilise support across party lines for the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom whenever there would be a rerun of the governorship election in the state.

The Akwa Ibom Governorship Election Tribunal recently nullified the April 11 governorship election in 18 out of 31 local government areas in the state, and ordered a rerun.

Mr. Attah hailed the judgment as an indication that Akwa Ibom closer to being liberated.

“What I had always wanted is beginning to come into focus,” he said.

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Nicki Minaj Slams Miley Cyrus Again!

Nicki Minaj is still not over the beef she had with Miley Cyrus at MTV’s Video Music Awards.

Today, in an interview with the New York Times Magazine, Minaj said, “The fact that you [Cyrus] feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important?”

Minaj added, “Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”

Cyrus hasn’t responded to Minaj’s comments yet. During the VMAs, she took the high road after the incident on stage and congratulated Minaj for winning the award for Best Hip Hop video.

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NLC Supports Buhari On Probe, Slams NASS On Jumbo Pay

The NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said Mr. Buhari should note that he was elected based on his integrity and promise to clean the rot in the system, adding that he should not cave in to any pressure from anybody or group to stop the anti-corruption war.

“One person who will serve as good example for all Nigerians is the president and he must be ready to lay a good example.

“We are aware that some people are persuading him not to go ahead with the probe, but he should not allow any pressure from anybody. He should go ahead with it and even prosecute whoever is found guilty”, he said.

Wabba said organized labour was planning a rally in support of the probe.

“We are planning a rally and we will continue to support him if he continues to stand on the basis of the truth”, he said.

The NLC chief noted that June allocation was increased by about 13 per cent, pointing out that the increase would have ended in private pockets had President Buhari not taken some measures to block leakages in the system.

“This increase showed that there has been a leakage in the past. This 13 per cent would have ended in some individual pockets. This shows that President Buhari is ready to fight corruption and he if continues, it will help the economy”, Wabba said.

On the jumbo pay allocated to the National Assembly, Wabba expressed regrets that despite the promised by the lawmakers to reduced and re-address the allocation, they have rejected taking a pay cut.

He vowed that labour will engage the lawmakers over the issue just as he demanded explanation on how the National Assembly allegedly spent N600 billion in the last four years.

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Labour Party Slams Buhari Over Age Comment

One of the opposition parties in the country, the Labour Party (LP) on Wednesday expressed its disappointment over President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment that there is a limit to what he could do as President at the age of 72.

The party described Buhari’s statement just few days after assuming office as embarrassing. The party’s National Chairman, Abdukadir Abdulsalam, noted that Buhari deceived Nigerians during the presidential campaign by claiming to have the ability and agility to carry out the function of state as President of the country.

The party urged Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to come out clean on the true health status of the President.

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APC Slams Dissolution Of Rivers Committees

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the dismantling of some state structures by the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike. The condemnation follows the dissolution of two key commissions on Tuesday.

“The opening stanza of Wike’s journey down the impunity road took a turn for the worse last (Tuesday) night when, a few hours after the newly convened Rivers State House of Assembly of slapstick comedians held a Kangaroo session claiming to investigate the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission [RSIEC] and the Rivers State Judicial Commission, recommended the dissolution of the two bodies.

“A couple of hours later, Chief Wike announced the dissolution of the two commissions despite the fact that their tenures are guaranteed by law,” said the publicity secretary of Rivers APC, Chris Finebone.

Finebone added, “The orgy of illegality now being unfolded in Rivers State has not come as a surprise to peace loving Rivers people especially members of the APC given the antecedents, character and track record of Chief Nyesom Wike especially within the milieu of governance and politics.”

He claimed Wike, who was not available for comment, was bent on gradually dismantling structures of government in Rivers State with a view to conducting a well-planned programme of vendetta, witch-hunting and reprisal against the immediate past governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon.
Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and his supporters.

“We would also like to remind him that as much as he is set to please his sadistic inner being screaming for the heads of the innocent, he should remember, that that which he keeps the female, the male is residing elsewhere. Let it be known to the caretaker governor of Rivers State, that even as he is at liberty to strut the political space of Rivers State for the next few months as governor, morning shall come even more sooner than later.”

Wike, the People’s Democratic Party member, has been at loggerheads with APC after he defeated the latter’s Dakuku Peterside in the elections held in March.

APC does not recognise Wike as the governor alleging vote rigging steered him to the post.

“The APC will employ all necessary means within the law to resist and derail Nyesom Wike’s train of impunity which he has just unveiled. The APC shall stop him and his motley band of political jesters from unleashing their orgy of vendetta on the good people of Rivers State,” concluded Finebone.

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Fayose Slams Links To Kashamu’s NDLEA Trials

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has dismissed the statement credited to him on the travails of Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu, in the hands of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The governor’s spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, blamed “desperate political spin doctors” for linking him to the development.

“Kindly disregard any press statement being circulated purporting that I made on Prince Buruji Kashamu.  I have not made any press statement on the travail of Buruji Kashamu today both on Twitter and Facebook or any social media platform,” Olayinka stated.

He added that the comment being referred to was generated by unnamed political figures with ulterior motives. “Their motive must be to drag the governor into what does not concern him.

For all intent and purposes, the issue relating to Prince Buruji Kashamu is not political and I, as a governor, do not have anything to do with it,” Fayose was quoted as saying.

Kashamu is facing extradition to the United States for his alleged involvement in drug trafficking in that country some years ago.

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Osinbajo Slams Jonathan for Attending Islamic Meetings

All Progressives Congress’ (APC) Yemi Osinbajo, slammed Jonathan for going to the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) gatherings.

Osinbajo stated that because Nigeria is not an Islamic state, as it has Christians as well, the president should not be going to IOC meetings, as the country is not a Islamic state.

President Jonathan had attended the OIC meeting, making him the first president to do so since Nigeria was surreptitiously enlisted by President Ibrahim Babangida in 1986.

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