World Celebrities Stand For Syria, Campaign To Raise Relief Fund

Many world celebrities have stood up in unison to not just raise awareness regarding events unfolding in Syria, but to also raise fund for children who are unfortunately the most affected in the troubled region.

 Most of the celebrities are campaigning on their social media platform and pleading for assistance for the embattled kids in Syria. Below are some of their instagram posts soliciting for support and prayer for Syria.


Weakened Merkel Embarks On Tough Election Campaign

Angela Merkel’s conservatives gave her an over 11-minute standing ovation after handing her another term as party chief, but also issued a warning in re-electing her with the worst score since she became German chancellor.

With the mixed verdict Tuesday from her party rank and file on her bid for a fourth term, Merkel embarks on her toughest election campaign weakened by her liberal refugee policy that has polarised Europe’s biggest economy.

While 89.5 percent is hardly a score to be scoffed at, it fell just short of the 90 percent of Christian Democratic Union delegates seen as a crucial threshold.

“It shows that she has lost confidence but has not fully regained it,” said Spiegel Online.

Rheinische Post daily agreed, saying that “it is clear that this chancellor is no longer strong enough to simply use ‘you know me’ to win the 2017 elections,” referring to a previous Merkel slogan.

“That attitude, which helped her in the 2013 (general election) campaign, almost led to her doom in the refugee crisis. For too long, she has trusted her party and voters to simply follow her,” it said.

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Aisha Buhari, Magu To Kick-off Women Against Corruption Campaign

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, will tomorrow,  flag off the Nigerian Women Against Corruption, WAC, project, at the International Conference Center, Abuja with the aim of engaging women across the country in a nationwide sustainable fight against corruption.

According to the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, the epoch-making event, which is in collaboration with the office of the wife of the President would be flagged off by Her Excellency Hajia Aisha Muhammadu Buhari beginning at nine o’clock in the morning.

“The choice of women is strategic, because we believe that they are torch-bearers in the anti-corruption crusade, and it is because of the important role they play in making the society a better place”, Magu said.

He further added that: “The WAC project is aimed at galvanizing Nigerian women to buy into the corruption fight and also to raise the consciousness of the consequences of corruption in the minds of their households.”

The WAC programme, which is coming up two days before the 2016 International Anti-Corruption Day celebration, has Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar (retd), Nigeria’s first female Chief Justice of Nigeria as the guest speaker.

The project will further be taken to the grassroots through the states and local governments across the country.


Donald Trump may pursue campaign rhetoric – Obama

Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama says he can not guarantee that president-elect Donald Trump will not pursue some of his campaign rhetoric when sworn-in as president.

Obama made the remark in Lima at his final international news conference as U.S. president after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum.

“I can’t guarantee that the president-elect won’t pursue some of the positions that he’s taken,” Obama told the conference was monitored by our correspondent.

“But what I can guarantee is that reality will force him to adjust how he approaches many of these issues; that’s just the way this office (U.S. presidency) works.”

The U.S. president, who had been assuring world leaders about a Trump’s presidency until now, however, asked them to adopt a “wait and see” approach about the president-elect.

“What I expect from world leaders is the same thing that I have said in a number of press conferences, which is the president-elect now has to put together a team.

“He has to put forward specifics about how he intends to govern and he hasn’t had the full opportunity to do that yet.

“So people should take a wait-and-see approach in how much his policy proposal, once in the White House once he’s sworn-in, matches up with some of the rhetoric of his campaign.

“My simple point is that you can’t assume that the language of campaigning matches up with the specifics of governing, legislation, regulations and foreign policy.

“I can’t be sure very well, I think like everyone else, we will have to wait and see.”

Obama, however, assured that the reality would force Trump to adjust his stance on issues.

“As I have said before, once you are in the Oval Office, once you begin interacting with world leaders, once you see the complexities of the issues, that has a way of shaping your thinking.

“Also in some cases, it has a way of magnifying your thinking.

“This is because, you recognise the solemn responsibility not only to the American people but some responsibilities that America has as the largest most powerful country in the world.”

The outgoing president also said that Trump’s campaign rhetorics were not as easy to fulfil as he thought.

According to him, if those issues were that simple, they would have been done by previous presidents before Trump was even elected.

He said, “I’ve said before, if these issues were easy, that ensuring prosperity, jobs, security, good foreign relations with other countries, if all that was simple, then it would have been done by every previous president.

“I’m a very pretty good presidential historian and I’ve looked at my 43 predecessors.

“I’ve seen that for all of them, even the best ones, that you end up confronting the realities and I think that is a good thing, that is interesting.”

On the chance of the Democrats in producing future presidents, Obama expressed optimism, saying that former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.

He, however, said that Democratic Party’s message needed to speak to a broad number of Americans and not limited to a segment adding, that was the secret of his victories.

Obama’s tenure as the 44th president of the U.S. will end on Jan. 20, 2017, when Trump will be sworn-in as the 45th president.

Buhari did not donate $500m to Clinton’s campaign – Presidency

The Presidency on Friday denied reports that President Muhammadu Buhari donated $500m to the campaign of Hillary Clinton for the US Presidential elections.


Senior Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said the president does not have such money to throw around.


Shehu said the President would not make such donation for any reason.


He said the United States is paying Nigeria instead as the country has won judgement on $480 million Abacha loot.


He said, “President Buhari’s Nigeria doesn’t have this kind of money to throw around. Even if the money is there, this President is the least likely person to give it as donation, and for what?


“As we speak, President Buhari is concluding agreements with the U.S. to return our stolen money in their banks.


A FGN account has already been given for the return of one million Dollars from Alamisiegha.


“Judgement on the USD 480 million Abacha loot has been won and our Attorney-General, Malami (SAN) will be in the US next week to speak to the Department of Justice, USDOJ, on the next steps for the return of that as well.”

Buhari Didn’t Donate $500m To Clinton Campaign– Presidency

The Federal Government on Friday dismissed as untrue claims that President Muhammadu Buhari donated $500m to Hillary Clinton campaign in the just-concluded US election.

A video, purportedly circulated by a US non-governmental group, the American Black Group for Democracy, had last week alleged that Nigeria donated $500m (about N150bn) to Clinton’s failed bid for the White House.

It claimed that the money was “pledged to the US Secretary of State, Sen John Kerry, and US Ambassador in Abuja”; adding that “the donation may create a huge misunderstanding between Nigeria and the incoming Trump’s US government.”

But in a reaction on Friday, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Garba Shehu, described the accusations as crazy, insisting that “Nigeria doesn’t have this kind of money to throw around.”

“What is the craziest accusation made against President Buhari?” Shehu posted on his Twitter handle, @GarShehu.

“That he donated $500m to Hillary’s campaign and that Donald Trump is angry. This has gone viral, sadly Nigerians are believing it!

“President Buhari’s Nigeria doesn’t have this kind of money to throw around. Even if the money is there, this President is the least likely person to give it as donation, and for what?”

Mr. Shehu noted that President Buhari is in discussion with the US government to repatriate loots stashed in American banks.

He said, “A FGN account has already been given for the return of one million dollars from Alamieyesiegha.

“Judgement on the $480m Abacha loot has been won and our Attorney-General, Malami (SAN) will be in the US next week to speak to the Department of Justice on the next steps for the return of that as well.

“The U.S is paying to Nigeria, not the other way round.”


Ibrahim begins campaign, pledges to restore electricity supply.

Factional candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimoh Ibrahim, has promised to restore electricity supply in the south senatorial district of the state.

Ibrahim made the promise when he started his campaign in Okitipupa Local Council area on Wednesday.The candidate said he would ensure that the areas were connected to regular electricity supply within his first three months in office.

He condemned the “I don’t care” attitude of the outgoing administration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko to the protracted outage in the area.

According to him, the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) had cut off towns like Oke-Igbo, Ore, Odigbo, Okitipupa, Irele, Ode-Aye, Ajapa, Akotogbo, Igbokoda, Igbotako from the national grid.

At the palace of the Jegun of Idepe-Okitipupa, Micheal Adetoye, he promised to reintroduce the boarding system to government-controlled secondary schools across the state.

He explained that only such a system could restore the lost glory and high educational standards enjoyed by students in the past.“The boarding system was what sharpened and built our educational and moral standards as students in those days, which had continued to be our guide and approach to life, both in business and political participation.

“The issue of electricity is very embarrassing and shameful. The last time I checked with the BEDC, the company said the senatorial district owed a backlog of unpaid bills of about N300 million, which made it to cut off its electricity supply.”

Ibrahim, who hails from Igbotako in Okitipupa Local Council area, said he deliberately started his campaign in Okitipupa to reawaken the consciousness of his people in Ikale land towards electing another of their own sons as the next governor of the state.

He assured the civil servants that the payment of salaries, allowances, pensions and gratuities would be the priority of his government.

Ibrahim was accompanied on the campaign by his running mate, Ebenezer Alabi, the party’s state chairman, Biyi Poroye and two former Senators from the area, Omololu Meroyi and Hosea Ehinlanwo, among others.

Buhari, Other APC Figures To Flag Off Party’s Governorship Campaign In Ondo State

President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to visit Akure, capital of Ondo State, on Thursday to flag off the governorship campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the November 26, 2016 vote.

Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya, the Ondo State publicity secretary of the APC, disclosed the president’s appearance in a statement released to journalists today in Akure. He said Vice President Yemi Osibanjo and other national leaders of the party would join President Buhari to officially launch the governorship campaign of the party’s candidate, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, and his running mate, Agboola Ajayi.

“The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State welcomes the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), to the Sunshine State, for the flag-off campaign of Akeredolu/Ajayi, on Thursday November 10th, 2016.” He added, “The President’s visit is not only to campaign for the victory of his party’s candidate, Akeredolu/Ajayi, but also for his love for the people of Ondo State.”

Mr. Adesanya described Ondo as a “state that is strategically positioned and endowed with great potential of both human and natural resources for economic diversification.” The APC spokesman also revealed Governor Solomon Lalong of Plateau State, who is the chairman of the party’s national campaign committee, and Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State are among prominent party leaders expected to arrive in Ondo State for the governorship campaign.

Mr. Adesanya also stated that party chairman, John Oyegun, the APC’s national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senate President Bukola Saraki, and Speaker Yakubu Dogara of the House of Representatives are also expected to be present at the flag-off campaign.

Senators, Reps lament inability to recoup funds expended during campaigns.

Some members of the National Assembly are lamenting their inability to recoup the millions of naira they spent on electioneering campaign, 17 months after their inauguration, Daily Trust reports.

Section 91 of the Electoral Act 2010 caps elections spending for Senate at N40 million and House of Representatives at N20 million. Violating the Act attracts a fine of N600, 000 or six months imprisonment or both, in the case of Senate, and a fine of N500, 000 or five months imprisonment or both, for the House of Representatives.

However, aspiring national lawmakers spend well above the spending limit.

While a senator from the South-South said he spent N1billion during his campaign for the Upper Chamber, one of his colleagues from the North-Central said he spent N300 million.

The expenditures were incurred before and during elections, excluding legal fees for those taken to court by their opponents after the election.

Senator James Manager (PDP, Delta South), who has been at the Senate since 2003, said senators were drained before, during and after the election by the public.

“Calls are coming from all over the places, bring this and bring that even after the election, we are still spending. In the Electoral Act, there is specific amount but in practical terms it is not possible. We borrowed and are still borrowing,” he said.

Manager was speaking during the screening of Professor Okechukwu Ibeano as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Lamenting further, Manager recalled how a Senatorial candidate jumped into the lagoon after spending huge sum on election.

“A man who contested for one of three senatorial districts of Lagos in 2011 drove to his bank six months after the election. On his way back, he asked his driver to stop, he walked for few minutes and jumped into the lagoon.

“We are in trouble, Professor please how do we resolve this?” Manager asked Professor Ibeano.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Abubakar Kyari (APC, Borno North), said the amount stipulated in the Electoral Act was not realistic.

“We have 120,000 polling units across the country and if a Presidential candidate pays N10, 000 to each agent at each of the polling units, he will spend N1.2billion just for agents on election day,” he said.

However, Professor Ibeano said: “I definitely feel your frustration but my profession is against borrowing for elections. The only way out is for political parties to go back to the 60s where volunteer party members assist without being paid. As long as you pay for everything, you will continue to spend.”

Times have changed
Daily Trust gathered that lawmakers, who served during previous assemblies, made money through deals with MDAs and other government officials. Those who failed to cooperate were frustrated.

At the peak of budget processes last year, heads of MDAs were warned against lobbying for increase in budgetary allocation at the National Assembly. A memo to this effect was issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir David Lawal.

A lawmaker said: “We are afraid to ask them (MDAs) now and they too are afraid to bring anything. Like now that we’re approaching the end of the year, MDAs would bring a lot of things to us, but last year was totally different, and I’m sure this year too will be the same.”

A senator who is into transportation business also expressed dismay. He said: “I should have concentrated on my business than coming here because now I don’t have enough time for my business, yet I’m not making anything here.”

Another lawmaker said: “Seriously, this is not what I expected. In fact, I can tell you that I was better off as a businessman than a legislator.

“The story was different before I came here, at least so I was told. Our predecessors enjoyed their stay at the National Assembly, but our own case is different.”

Some of the lawmakers said if things continued like this up to 2019, they might not seek re-election “because the business of legislature appears to be unprofitable.”

A former lawmaker, who spoke to Daily Trust on condition of anonymity, said: “It will not be fair to say every lawmaker comes to the National Assembly to make money. But it is true that many come with that thinking that it is a goldmine. It will certainly be good to make public office unattractive so that only the best and those ready to serve will stand in election.”

He however said that the get-rich-in-office syndrome was not limited to the lawmakers alone. “Even among the executive many see their position as a key to riches and easy money. So we need to get our priorities right,” he added.

Speaking at a seminar titled “The role of the legislature in the fight against corruption in Nigeria,” organized by the anti-corruption committees of the Senate and House of Representatives in Abuja, Kenya’s former anti-corruption chief, Prof Patrick Lumumba, said if a politician was willing to spend N1billion for a N30m job, then it should be clear he was not going there to serve but to make money.

Nigerian Launches Crowdfunding Campaign To Help Reuben Abati

In apparent attempt to mock Reuben Abati, a man, Ettu Mohammed, on Sunday opened a fundraising campaign on on his behalf.

The man asked Nigerians to “please save Reuben Abati from EFCC.”

He said the former presidential spokesperson was influenced by “Aso Rock evil spirits” to collect N50 million from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Mr. Abati, former spokesperson to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, was arrested by EFCC operatives on Monday over allegations he illicitly received N50 million from the former NSA.

Although Mr. Abati was offered administrative bail that requires presenting a senior federal civil servant – preferably a director – with landed properties in Abuja, EFCC sources said he had been unable to meet the bail conditions.

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UN Under Fire For Picking Wonder Woman To Lead Campaign

The United Nations on Monday defended the choice of comic book character Wonder Woman to lead a campaign for the empowerment of girls following criticism that the choice was demeaning to women.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is due to attend a ceremony on Friday to officially designate Wonder Woman as the UN honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls.

The announcement came a few days after Antonio Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal, was chosen to be the next secretary general, disappointing women’s groups who had campaigned for the first woman to be appointed the world’s diplomat-in-chief.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Shazia Rafi, one of the leaders of the She4SG campaign and a former secretary general of Parliamentarians for Global Action.

“The campaign for women’s empowerment is represented by a cartoon when there are so many real-life women who could have been chosen,” she said.

Rafi, who has written to Ban urging him to skip the ceremony, is pushing for a boycott of the event on Friday, demanding that Wonder Woman be dropped from the campaign.

“It should be scrapped,” she told AFP.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric hit back at the criticism, saying the choice of Wonder Woman was simply an attempt to reach younger audiences.

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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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See Photos From Edo State APC Gubernatorial Grand Finale Campaign Rally

President Mohammadu Buhari attended the Edo State APC Gubernatorial Grand Finale Campaign Rally in Benin City Edo State. The president is also see pictured with the APC Gubernatorial candidate, Godwin Obaseki.
See more photos as posted on Instagram by the president’s official photographer, Bayo Omoboriowo:
Benin City!

President Buhari attends Edo State APC Gubernatorial Grand Finale Campaign Rally in Benin City Edo State on 6th Sep 2016 with him is the APC Gubernatorial candidate Godwin Obaseki

President Buhari attends Edo State APC Gubernatorial Grand Finale Campaign Rally in Benin City Edo State on 6th Sep 2016

It Is Regrettable That APC Didn’t Keep To Their Promises – Agbaje

Former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for Lagos state in the 2015 election, Mr Jimi Agbaje has promised that he will lead the party back to winning ways if elected chairman of the party at the Portharcourt Convention.

He also said that PDP gave ‘way so that Nigerians can test what other parties have in stock. But it is regrettable that party has failed to provide the change promised.

Every youth in Nigeria will like to see PDP reformed, and the reformation has started.”

Speaking with Journalists shortly after he picked the nomination forms for the chairmanship position of the party in Abuja, Mr Agbaje said as a candidate who does not belong to any of the factions in the party, he stands a better chance to unite all the contending forces in the party.

Nigeria Police Take Over #SaveMayowa Campaign Amidst Controversy

Despite the police announcing it had commenced investigations into the #SaveMayowa fundraising campaign, controversy has continued to trail the initiative which was aimed at raising overseas medical fees for Mayowa Ahmed, a cancer patient receiving treatment at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

On Thursday, police officers broke up a heated exchange outside the hospital between the patient’s relatives and some social media campaigners who helped raise funds running into millions of naira for Ms. Ahmed’s treatment.

“The Command wishes to inform all the good spirited people who had donated generously to this course that it will ensure it does not return as a hoax and every outcome of the investigation shall be made open,” Dolapo Badmus, the Lagos police spokesperson, said while announcing a “full scale” investigation and a freezing of the campaign’s bank account.

Ms. Ahmed, 31, had a history and clinical features of an intra-abdominal mass, according to LUTH, where she was a patient.

She was brought to the hospital’s private wing on Monday, but barely 24 hours later, her family insisted on flying her outside the country, stalling “all the planned investigations meant to arrive at a definite diagnosis,” the hospital said.

“The family and the patient brought along some results of laboratory investigations ordered and done outside LUTH.

“Three different Specialists were invited to review Mayowa. The Gynaecologist, Oncologist and Haematologist all arrived at a tentative diagnosis of an abdominal malignancy.

“They planned to conduct a series of fresh tests to confirm the definitive diagnosis, since the earlier tests were neither requested nor authorised by any doctor from LUTH.”

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Apprentice Star, Omarosa Manigault, Named Head Of Black Outreach For Trump Campaign

As the United States of America struggles to overcome a racial divide, the woman known as “the villain” on The Apprentice, Omarosa Manigault, announced on Monday that she is now director of African-American outreach for the Trump campaign.

“I am the director of African-American outreach for Donald Trump. I am proud to serve in that role,” Manigault said on MSNBC Monday. “It is a very difficult time for our country, but the good thing I know is that I know Donald Trump at his heart … and I know what he can do in that role.”

When asked about polls that show Trump has zero per cent support from African Americans in Ohio (where she is from) and Pennsylvania, Manigault said she was confused about who had been polled because “I just spent an amazing weekend with African Americans for Trump, about 300 of them”.

“My reality is I’m surrounded by people who want to see Donald Trump as the next president of the United States who are African Americans,” Manigault added. “Donald Trump is focused on improving the conditions of African Americans in this country … unemployment in African-American community is at an all time high,” she said.
Manigault was known for her intensity — and at times controversial actions — on the 2004 season of The Apprentice.

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First Photo From Caitlyn Jenner’s New Beauty Campaign

Back in February, M.A.C. Cosmetics confirmed Caitlyn Jenner as a new face for their Viva Glam cosmetics line. Her first campaign shot was shared on the brand’s Instagram page today. The image shows Caitlyn applying the “Forever Free” lipstick she’s fronting.

Caithlyn Jenner fearlessly shared her transition with the world, and now her new M·A·C Lipstick, Finally Free… is finally here! 100% of the selling price goes to the M·A·C AIDS Fund Transgender Initiative, to further its work in support of transgender communities.

“I wanted a name that I use and which represents the [trans] community,” Caitlyn explained to MAC in an interview. “This is who I am: Finally Free.

The lipstick is a “rosy nude” color, which Caitlyn explains is a “universal” color and an “everyday lipstick.”

See The Ugandan Billboard Advert Against Sugar Daddies That Has Gone Viral

This is a billboard advert against sugar daddies which has become very popular in Uganda.

The country in a bid to reduce the rate of cross generational sex (sugar daddies/sugar mummies) pulled up this advert in conjunction with Population Services International PSI and United States Agency for International Development USAID.

Justin Bieber & Kendall Jenner Strip For Calvin Klein Campaign

Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner, Calvin Klein faces and models of the undies on their personal Instagrams, are officially fronting the brand’s spring campaign, with a host of other A-list models, musicians, and artists. The Biebs broke the news tonight with a look at his ad. :

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Crisis Rocks Edo PDP Over Alleged Diversion Of Rice

Crisis is rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, following allegations that one of its governorship aspirants (names withheld) diverted rice meant to be distributed to members of the party prior to the presidential election, which was brought to the state by the campaign organisation of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The crisis erupted after members of the party observed that the governorship aspirant was sharing the rice to his supporters as Christmas gift after he allegedly super-imposed his picture on that of former President Jonathan on the bags of rice.

A chieftain of PDP in the state, Mr Okharedia Ihimekpen, described the discovery as shocking and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the ongoing probe to funds expended during the former President Jonathan’s campaign to Edo State.

He said, “It was shocking when we saw that the bags of rice were actually meant to be distributed during the presidential campaign but this aspirant confiscated them. I want to appeal to the Federal Government to extend the Dasukigate probe to Edo State and if this aspirant is indicted he should be prosecuted and disqualified from the governorship race.

“We call on all Edo people to distance themselves from elements like this because if they are allowed again into the corridors of power, Edo State will be for sale. Such people should be made to return all the rice and money they collected on behalf of Edo PDP members which they pocketed. We expect PDP to disqualify him because in a decent society, people like that should be charged to court after they are banned from contesting for political positions.

“The PDP should rediscover themselves before talking about election so that we don’t run into another era of holocaust,” he stated.



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Something Unexpected Happened To ISIS Captives At Point Of Death

A new ‘execution’ video features rebel Syrian fighters forcing ISIS captives to kneel in the dirt at gunpoint – only for them to do something completely unexpected.The footage opens with captives being led along a dusty road in orange jumpsuits.
The captives are then forced to kneel in the dirt while the members of the al-Shamiyya Front (a coalition of northern Aleppo-based rebel factions) proudly display their pistols.They then point the weapons at the back of the militants’ heads.

It appears the ISIS fighters are about to die in yet another harrowing execution video
Suddenly a message flashed up on the screen:

“Muslims are not criminals.”
Astonishingly, the masked men holster their weapons and walk away.
Another rebel then appears and lectures the jumpsuit clad ISIS militants on justice – powerfully showing them the mercy the terror group has denied to so many of its victims.
Sheikh Mohammed Khatib, President of the Sharia Office of al-Shamiyya, says:

“To the champions of our revolution and the hope of our people, justice will guide us, Islam needs us.” We have allowed you a way out… we do not seek any fame”If you desire to execute us, here are our swords, such executions will only consolidate our faith.Kindness is the premise of our lives”

Culled UK Mirror 

I Won’t Resign If Boko Haram Is Not Defeated By December – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his pledge to rout Boko Haram insurgents by the end of this year, but declared that he will not resign from office if the promise is not achieved as he would rather “stay and fight it out.”

Buhari, who stated this during a chat with Al Jazeera’s UpFront programme, expressed his readiness to negotiate with the insurgents to secure the release of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, but noted that “They have to prove to us that they are alive, they are well, and then we can…negotiate with them.

“We said it and we meant it. If we are satisfied that the girls are alive,” he added.

When asked whether he would offer financial payments or release a prisoner to Boko Haram in return for the girls, Buhari did not foreclose either option, but said: “it depends on the negotiations with the leadership of Boko Haram.”

While restating the resolve of his government to defeat Boko Haram by the end of 2015, the President said: “As soon as the rainy season comes (to an end), which is by the end of the year […] Boko Haram will virtually be out of their main stronghold and that will be the end of it [….] Attacks by Boko Haram on townships, on military installations, will certainly stop.”

He went on to deny seeing the Amnesty International report from June 2015, ‘Nigeria: Stars on their shoulders: Blood on their hands’, in which the human-rights group documented abuses, torture and unlawful killings by the Nigerian armed forces and urged the government to prosecute a group of officers and senior commanders. “I haven’t received that report personally,” said Buhari. “If I get those documents… I assure you that I will take action as Commander in Chief.”

On the statement credited to him in the past where he expressed for “the total implementation of the sharia in the country,” Buhari pointed out that “Nigerian law does not allow for” so-called sharia punishments, such as stonings and amputations, adding: “I cannot change it. I haven’t been voted by [a] majority of Nigerians to change Nigerian constitution.”

Speaking about his record as a military dictator in the mid-1980s, and the alleged human-rights abuses which occurred under his watch, he said: “If there is any injustice that can be proved against me when I was there, I will gladly apologize.”

The President however refused to concede that his now-notorious ‘war against indiscipline’ in the 1980s featured any such “injustice.”

Watch the full Interview here Upfront

Gudaji Reminds Buhari Of Free Education Campaign Promise To Nigerians

A member of the House of Representatives, Mohammed Gudaji, has reminded President Muhammadu Buhari of his campaign promise of providing free education to all when elected as Nigeria’s leader.
Gudaji, who represents Kazaure federal constituency, made the reminder in Dutse, while answering questions from journalists.
He said it is  important for him as a lawmaker to remind the President to fulfill the promise he made to Nigerians during his election campaigns.
He said:

“As you might be aware, things will be too much on our President as such he may likely forget this vital promise he made of providing free education if voted into power.

“There is urgent need to alert him so that parents will stop taking their children to private schools and end up paying exorbitant amount as school fees of their wards.”

He said with the introduction of free education to every child, parents would get relief and better education. He also complained about the exorbitant fees private schools charge parents.

Freeman Osonuga Gets Closer To Being The 1st Black African In Space

We are this close to making history people!!! Please read Freeman’s statement below and support his bid by clicking on this link: star

Quick historical fact: No Nigerian has ever been to space, no Black African even. That could change next year. My name is Freeman Osonuga, I am an African, I am a Nigerian, I am a humanitarian. I was recently selected as one of 30 people to participate in the Rising Star Programme, a collaboration between Kruger Cowne, One Young World and Spaceship Earth Grants which will send one person to space in 2016.

 I am happy to inform you that I have been shortlisted as one of 3 finalists. More than just being the journey of a lifetime, this spaceflight will help bring commercial space travel closer to being a reality. It is quite important.
For the next stage of the competition, I will travel to Bangkok, Thailand with the two other finalists to address 1,300 delegates and a panel of renowned judges at a special session of the 2015 One Young World Summit which will hold from November 18-21 next month. This session will be live-streamed to a global audience. I am a little nervous I must confess, but I’m quite confident that I’ll make Africa, Nigeria and you proud.
To show your support and help make history, please tweet #SendFreemanToSpace whenever you can. It’ll also be great if you can get your friends to do the same. Also here’s what you can do right now to help- click the following link and share my finalist profile via the social media platforms provided below my video. 
I look forward to sharing more good news with you soon.
Thank you for your time. 
– Freeman Osonuga
For enquiries please contact 07035010768 or 08160549635

Stephanie Linus Named Ambassador On Campaign Against Women Violence In Election

The heavily pregnant gorgeous beauty and ace actress, Stephanie Linus, shares photos of herself and acting INEC Boss, Hajiya Amina Zakari, among others as she was named the ambassador of Stop-VAWIE (Stop Violence Against Women In Election).

She has fast began her responsibility by urging women to participate in the forth coming elections in Kogi and Bayelsa. See Instagram photos below:

PDP Spent N2.5bn, APC N728m During Election Campaigns – Report

A report by Compliance and Content Monitoring Ltd (CCM) has revealed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Party (APC) spent a combined N3.23 billion on political campaign advertisements for this year’s general elections, according to a report at the weekend.

According to the report PDP spent for about N2.5 billion (77 per cent) and APC spent N728 million (23 per cent). CCM said the media advertisements were placed on radio, television, press and billboards for the PDP and the APC presidential campaigns between December 2014 and March.

The Managing Director of CCM Limited, Mr. Tunde Onadele, who spoke at the unveiling of the report, said about 253 creative materials were deployed across radio and television channels in all the 260+ stations monitored by CCM, with PDP utilising 145 materials. APC deployed 107 materials.

The split across media platforms showed that the two parties utilised mostly television and press platforms for over 85 per cent of total campaign spending.

Why Deeper Life Denied Jonathan Church Entry During Campaign

President Goodluck Jonathan’s bid to ‘worship’ at Deeper Christian Life Ministry during the presidential election campaign hit the rocks as pastorate of the church outrightly turned down his request.

It was gathered that President Jonathan, who worshiped in most churches across the country before the March 28 presidential election, was denied entry into Deeper Life, when he wrote authorities of the ministry to inform them of his visit last January.

Jonathan had during one of his visits to Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Abuja, explained why he was embarking on ‘presidential church tour’.

According to him, “Traditionally, we have the State House Chapel where I worship every Sunday. If we do not have the chapel, probably I would have been here one or two times before this time.

“It is only during the Christmas period, maybe two Sundays before Christmas and the Sunday before and after New Year that we sometimes close the chapel, and allow people to participate in their church services and that time, I do go round.

“This year, we have decided that from now onward, until I leave the State House, every last Sunday of the month, I will go to different churches.

“Yes, that is the State House Chapel presided over by a chaplain and from time to time other men and women of God come to preach to us.

“But I feel that it is good for me to go round and continue to appreciate what our brothers and sisters have been doing”.

However, it was learnt that the Special Adviser to Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abata had on January 22, written the authorities of the church through the office of its spokesman, Pastor Segun Babatope to inform them about his visit but the leadership of the church refused to acknowledge the letter.

According to an insider, when Babatope informed leaders of the church about the development, many of them kicked against it, saying that the ministry is not a platform where politicians come to campaign.

Jonathan was originally billed to visit Deeper Life on February 8 after leaving Redemption Camp, but he had to proceed to the Lord’s Chosen when he discovered the church was not ready to welcome him.

The highly-placed source said the church’s decision to honourably turn down the request was because of how some sections of media misquoted Bishop David Oyedpoe of Winners Chapel during Jonathan’s visit to the church.


Why Deeper Life Turned Down President Jonathan’s Request To Visit Church During Campaign – Insider

President Goodluck Jonathan’s bid to ‘worship’ at Deeper Christian Life Ministry during the presidential election campaign hit the rocks as pastorate of the church outrightly turned down his request, DAILY POST has learnt.

It was gathered that President Jonathan, who worshiped in most churches across the country before the March 28 presidential election, was denied entry into Deeper Life, when he wrote authorities of the ministry to inform them of his visit last January.

Jonathan had during one of his visits to Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Abuja, explained why he was embarking on ‘presidential church tour’.

According to him, “Traditionally, we have the State House Chapel where I worship every Sunday. If
we do not have the chapel, probably I would have been here one or two times before this time.

“It is only during the Christmas period, maybe two Sundays before Christmas and the Sunday before and after New Year that we sometimes close the chapel, and allow people to participate in their church services and that time, I do go round.

“This year, we have decided that from now onward, until I leave the State House, every last Sunday of the month, I will go to different churches.

“Yes, that is the State House Chapel presided over by a chaplain and from time to time other men and women of God come to preach to us.

“But I feel that it is good for me to go round and continue to appreciate what our brothers and sisters have been doing”.

However, DAILY POST learnt that the Special Adviser to Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abata had on January 22, written the authorities of the church through the office of its spokesman, Pastor Segun Babatope to inform them about his visit but the leadership of the church refused to acknowledge the letter.

According to an insider, when Babatope informed leaders of the church about the development, many of them kicked against it, saying that the ministry is not a platform where politicians come to campaign.

Jonathan was originally billed to visit Deeper Life on February 8 after leaving Redemption Camp, but he had to proceed to the Lord’s Chosen when he discovered the church was not ready to welcome him.

The highly-placed source said the church’s decision to honourably turn down the request was because of how some sections of media misquoted Bishop David Oyedpoe of Winners Chapel during Jonathan’s visit to the church.

Oyedepo was quoted as threatening to open the gate of hell to anybody who campaigned against Jonathan.
The alleged statement triggered social media war as many were lambasting the preacher for using his church to campaign for politicians.

However, Oyedepo denied making such statement.

The source said, “Leadership of the ministry was very careful not to allow politics or politicians dent the image of the church or pastor Kumuyi. The presidency had invited him severally for meetings with the president, but he would wave it aside.

“When Abati wrote the church to inform them about Jonathan’s visit, precisely January 22, the church leaders deliberated upon it and decided to turn it down”.

Asked if Kumuyi was aware of the decision, the insider said, “of course, but he has no final say. Though he founded the church, he does not decide how such thing is being handled. He had to allow leaders of the church to handle it. And when it became obvious that they were not ready to welcome the president, Daddy Kumuyi had to accept their decision”.

It was gathered that the president had to leave Redemption Camp for Rev. Lazarus Mouka’s Lords Chosen in Ijesha when he discovered the church was not ready to welcome him.

In Chosen, he warned politicians against using church to campaign.

The President said, “I would not say much because this is not a good period for those of us who are contesting for election to talk so much in church. I do not want to be accused of coming to campaign in churches because I believe that we should not campaign in churches. We may discuss with people but not to use the platform of the church to campaign”.

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In Defence Of Hadiza Bala Usman By Bashir Ibrahim Dabo

The publication of the names of members of the APC Inauguration Committee last week did not go without getting its own fair share of mischief and controversy. Hadiza Bala Usman, featured among the committee’s members. She is known by many as a result of the pioneering role she has been playing in the #BringBackOurGirls advocacy. It was a campaign that came into light after the unfortunate abduction of almost 300 school girls from Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, in Borno State, April last year. Many, who know her only as an activist, have gone wild on social media and other media platforms accusing her of profiting from the misery of the abducted Chibok Girls. However, there is another side of her.
I cannot claim knowledge of the date Hadiza joined partisan politics. But I have a fair knowledge of her political antecedents. I am up to date about when she contested her first political office in her native Katsina State in 2011. In defiance to the norms in Northern Nigeria regarding women’s participation in partisan politics, she contested the primary election for House of Representative seat together with another brilliant and active lady in the sphere of Nigerian public commentary, Hannatu Musa Musawa under the platform of the (defunct) Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), from Matazu/Musawa Federal Constituency.
Subsequently, she won the nomination. Her victory made her the only female aspirant that emerged as the flag bearer of House of Representative seat under the CPC in Katsina State. But, unfortunately she gallantly lost the battle to a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Dr. Garba Shehu Matazu. As it would turn out to be the only House of Representative seat the CPC would lose in the state during the 2011 general election. Since then, she has remained active in the opposition till date.
In November 2014, Hadiza was the chief agent of Mallam Nasir Ahmad Elrufai in the Kaduna State APC Gubernatorial primary election that took place at Trade Fair Complex, Kaduna. In carrying out the assignment, she personified everything in the saying ‘what a man can do, a woman can do better’. She displayed courage, condor and finesse to the admiration of many of us that graced the place.
It was such display of enviable qualities that endeared her to be nominated into both Kaduna state APC Gubernatorial Campaign Council and APC Presidential Campaign Council concurrently. As a member of these campaign councils, Hadiza was opportune to have toured almost every part of the country campaigning for the APC. In this alone, she has raised the par and set a new standard for women partisan politics in Northern Nigeria. Not even the revered Hajiya Gambo Sawaba of blessed memory had reached this height in our national politics.
Hadiza is not only a member of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, but also a member of Kaduna State APC Transition Committee simultaneously. This further proves her competence, capacity and multi-tasking quality. In essence, she actually had a political life before 2014; and that political life preceded the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign. I think it would be the height of injustice and unfairness to accuse a woman that has worked this hard towards the victory of her party of using the #BringBackOurGirls campaign to gain such national prominence. Ours should be a wicked country.
You can reach me on twitter @Bashir_Dabo

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of nor its associates

I Didn’t Spend Up To N2tn On Elections – Jonathan Cries Out

President Goodluck Jonathan has denied that he expended as much as N2trillion for campaigns ahead of the just-concluded general elections in which he was defeated by Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.

He also denied setting up a committee to conduct an audit of how the elections funds were disbursed by party members and state officials.

“The President has not set up any committee as alleged in that story. It is also not true that the Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party used state funds, or spent N2tn on the campaigns. The innuendoes are wrong-headed; the motives behind the story are suspicious.”

Jonathan made the clarification in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Reuben Abati.

Abati was reacting to a story by Punch titled, “Jonathan demands N2tn election funds refund, audit.”

He described the report as “false and embarrassing.” The presidential spokesman said with the country’s budget being a little above N4tn, the story suggested that half of the budget was spent on elections.

This insinuation, he argued, was meant to incite the public.

Abati said the Presidency was worried that since the March 28 and April 11 elections, some persons had continued to work very hard to diminish the Jonathan Presidency.

Prepare For ‘Heavy Defeat’, PDP Tells APC

Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO) has advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop scaremongering and to prepare for heavy defeat at the March 28 presidential elections.

Its spokesman, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode in a statement on Tuesday said: “The recent string of lies by Lai Mohammed, the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), attempting to link President Goodluck Jonathan with a protest by the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC) in Lagos is more of the same pattern of falsehood and scaremongering that the APC and its Publicity Secretary have made their trademark. “We advise the APC to stop peddling falsehood and scaremongering and to prepare for defeat at the March 28 presidential elections…”

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Buhari’s Wife is Deceiving Nigerian Women – Patience Jonathan

First Lady Patience Jonathan, says Aishat Buhari, wife of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been going about deceiving Nigerian women.

According to The Cableng, the first lady said this on Tuesday when the campaign train of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) women birthed in Ilorin, capital of Kwara state.“Don’t be deceived. Don’t look at any woman that comes here; don’t listen. They are just deceiving themselves because out of the abundant of the heart, the mouth speaketh,” she said.

“Their husbands have said that they would not carry women along and that there is no office for the first lady but now they want to deceive Nigerian women and she has come out to say ‘My husband said it in error’. Don’t worry, I’ll carry on in the traditional way. “Any woman that comes, tell her to go back. Don’t let any Nigerian woman deceive you.”The first lady said she ran into the entourage of
Buhari’s wife at the airport but ordered her security details to avoid any possible problem.

Alleging that the opposition party has been fomenting trouble, she advised women to shun violence and always embrace peace.“I was in Edo state but before I got there, APC had gone. They went there just to make trouble,” she said. “I want to go to Kwara, they are there. Why do you want to go to Kwara? It is to make trouble. Trouble is not good for women. “They ran to the airport so that PDP will clash with them, but I told my security people that I am Mama Peace, I don’t kill, I don’t stone people. Please let them go with their problems. “It is not the women that are contesting elections but our husbands and all we can do is to pray for them to succeed.

As wife of leaders, we should be careful and avoid allowing ourselves to be used.”Buhari’s wife visited Kwara state on Monday.

We Don’t Campaign For Politicians, Awujale Tells Jonathan

The Awujale and ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, has told President Goodluck Jonathan, that it is not proper in Ijebuland or Yorubaland for an Oba to canvass for votes for any candidates seeking elective posts.

Rather, monarchs in Yorubaland only encourage their subjects to make their informed choices. The monarch said this when President Goodluck Jonathan paid a private visit to him in his palace in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

President Jonathan, who arrived the palace around 11.15am in a convoy, was accompanied by the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Adamu Mu’azu; a former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; Governors of Bayelsa and Ondo states, Seriake Dickson and Olusegun Mimiko respectively, among others.

The royal father said any Oba canvassing for votes for any political party’s candidate would be courting trouble. He said rather than engaging monarchs for campaign, each candidate must go out and sell his or manifesto to the electorate.

He said, “In Ijebu here, it is not possible for any Oba, not even only in Ijebu, in Yorubaland, to go out and say vote for this, vote for that; that person is looking for trouble.

“But give them the opportunity to present their programmes so that people can make up their minds on what to do. I think this is a very sound democratic principle and that is what I have decided to do, to give you the opportunity of meeting with the people.”

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Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign: LASTMA Issues Traffic Advice To Lagos Motorists

The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa has said that some sections of the Lagos roads will be closed for some hours on Saturday.

This he said is due to the planned Mass On Street Rally by the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Organisation from Maryland along Ikorodu Road through Funsho Williams Avenue to Teslim Balogun Stadium between the hours of 8am and 2pm.

To this effect, he said 200 officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority LASTMA, have been deployed to manage the traffic situation and other incidences in the state.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner, he said the planned rally will affect various sections of the road which will be closed for those hours.

Opeifa advised commuters and motorists to use the service lanes of Ikorodu road and Funso Williams Avenue, Agege Motor road or Third Mainland bridge respectively.

Also, he said the service lanes and unoccupied sections of the express lane corridor inward TBS will be available to motorists during the procession.

A copy of the statement made available to Vanguard reads, “This is to inform the general public that due to the planned Mass On Street Rally by the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Org. on Saturday 7/3/2015 from Maryland along Ikorodu Road through Funsho Williams Ave. to Teslim Balogun Stadium, from 8am to 2pm, various sections of the road will be closed. Service lanes and unoccupied sections of the express lane corridor inward TBS will be available to motorists during the procession.

Motorists are advised to use the service lanes of Ikorodu rd and Funso Williams Ave., Agege Motor rd or Third Mainland bridge.

?Let’s be guided by these for-warning advice please,”?

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How Okorocha Is Campaigning Against Buhari

Word on the streets of Owerri, the Imo State capital, is that Governor Rochas Okorocha has depleted the state’s finances in his failed bid to emerge presidential candidate of the All Progressives Party (APC) and subsequent financial contributions to the party’s eventual candidate, Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign. Here is an analysis how it is possible that Okorocha could, albeit unintentionally, be campaigning against Buhari.

Hitherto hugely popular in the state, Governor Rochas Okorocha, who rode on the wings of this trend to defeat the then incumbent, Ikedi Ohakim, in 2011, is fast losing the love of his people as a result of recent happenings.

On February 26, hundreds of contractors in the state protested alleged non-payment of over N180 billion owed them by the state government. The jobs being owed for, according to the protesters, who formed an association known as Unpaid Imo Contractors, ranged from road construction to supplies of road construction materials.

Led by their chairman, Ugodadi Ononiwu, and Vice Chairman, Uche Madu, the contractors alleged that Governor Okorocha has failed to pay for several approved projects since 2011. Mr Ononiwu claimed that his firm is being owed N58 million, which was contentiously reduced to N45 million; adding that 19 of their members have died as a result of illness associated with the pains of the situation.

A similar situation is currently playing out in public schools across the state, as thousands of teachers engaged under the government’s ‘Youth Must Work’ initiative allege that they were last paid salaries in November 2014.

It is so unfortunate because my wife and I relocated to the state from Port-Harcourt to take up these jobs,” said Caleb Egwu, one of the teachers. “Now, we are all stranded. How can Rochas use our money for elections? This is so unfair.

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Religious Campaigns Will Be Fined 1M- INEC

INEC in Bauchi State has issued a stern warning to any political party using religion as part of their campaign.

The statement, made during an interactive session with stakeholders in local government, has warned parties that they will be issued with a N1 million or face a 12 month prison sentence should they use religion as a tactic during campaign season.

The warning comes hot on the heels of allegations made against politicians who allegedly threatened PDP supporters in Darazo Local Government, based on their choice of presidential candidate.

According to Emmanuel Umenger, INEC Administrative Secretary in the State, electioneering campaigns based on religious sentiments provided grounds for political parties to be prosecuted.

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Peterside Cancels Rivers Rally Amid Okrika Attack

APC governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dr Dakuku Peterside, has called off his planned campaign tour of Ogu/Bolo local government area in honour of the victims of the violence in Okrika on Tuesday.

Heavily-armed gunmen believed to have been led by Evans Bipi, a Personal Assistant to First lady. Patience Jonathan, are blamed for the death of two people including a police officer. Peterside’s rally scheduled for Wednesday has since been postponed.

“The decision to call-off the Ogu/Bolo campaign by Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the APC Governorship candidate, was in honour of those killed by the gunmen who attacked the APC campaign on Tuesday in Okrika. Peterside is grieved over the losses and has sympathised with the families of those killed while wishing the injured quick recovery,” Ibim Semenitari, Director of Communications, Greater Together Campaign Organisation, said.

The statement further explained that Peterside and the APC stood firmly by the non-violence Peace Accord signed by political parties in Rivers State, brokered by the Embassy of the United States of America. “Despite this deliberate, well-co-ordinated attack on the APC governorship candidate and APC supporters, the candidate and party stand firm to the spirit and letter of the Non-violence Peace Accord brokered by the American Embassy in Nigeria.”

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PDP Pays Religious Leaders N6 billion To Campaign Against Buhari- Amaechi

Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of bribing some Christian religious leaders with N6 billion to campaign against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and it’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.

He said the compromised religious leaders are circulating documents to Nigerians alleging that APC and Buhari will islamize the entire country if elected into power during the February general elections.

Amaechi, who spoke during the APC governorship campaign rally at Emohua, headquarters of Emohua local government area of Rivers state, said Nigerians were too enlightened for an individual or a political party to islamize the whole country, and advised the affected pastors to return the money to the coffers of the Federal Government.

The governor said, “Some pastors collected N6 billion and they are circulating documents and telling you not to vote for a Hausa man; not to vote for a Muslim that they want to islamize Nigeria. Tell them to return our N6 billion.

“They gave them N6 billion and they should return it to the federal government coffers. They will tell you that Buhari wants to islamize Nigeria, tell them we are too educated. I am a Catholic, but no Catholic priest has told me that story right now in the Catholic Church because I will ask him how?

“If any pastor tells you that, tell him to return the money. Nobody can islamize Nigeria and they have commercialized Jesus Christ. They should stop commercializing Jesus Christ. He is our Lord and Saviour.

“You know what Jesus Christ did in the temple, he chased them away. We shall chase away those pastors who have collected money from PDP to tell us lies. We shall chase them away on behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

He stated that the 2015 general election in the state would be a referendum between him and President Goodluck Jonathan, saying, “I told the President that the election in Rivers State is a referendum between him and me. I told him anywhere I go, I will show what I have done. Let him show what he has done.”

Earlier in speech, the APC governorship candidate in the state, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, promised to complete all projects started by the Amaechi if elected as governor.

PDP Supporters Campaign for Buhari in Jonathan’s Presence

Reports provide that some PDP supporters in Kaduna State on Saturday openly campaigned for the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari in the presence of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The PDP supporters were part of the crowd that thronged the party’s presidential rally in the state. Some sections of the crowd at the stadium rather than praising the president, were instead shouting the praises of Buhari by saying, “Sai Buhari.

All the personalities that spoke at the rally were greeted with the ‘Sai Buhari’ slogan. The 30 000 capacity stadium was half empty as many supporters boycotted the rally.


Meet 90 Year Old Woman Who Donated 1Million Naira to Support Buhari

Reports claim that a 90 year old woman named Hajia Mai Talle has donated a whooping 1 million Naira to Buhari’s campaign.

Source reports that Hajia Mai Talle waited for 9 hours for Buhari to come to Kebbi, where she resides, and donated the sum to support Buhari’s campaign.


Commission to Compile Records of Hate Speeches in Campaigns

The National Human Rights Commission, on Tuesday said it had decided to start keeping records of hate speeches and the people who are behind them. “We are going to name and shame them; we will publish them publicly and make sure that they are held accountable through the use of the law enforcement agencies.”

Ben Angwe, the Executive Secretary of the commission, stated this at the Kukah Centre and MacArthur Foundation Roundtable on Hate Speech in Abuja. Represented by Tony Ojukwu, an officer in the commission, Angwe said that freedom of expression allowed individuals to criticise government’s performances but was being abused in the country. He condemned unsavoury utterances by some politicians against their opponents in their campaigns.

He said by using the mechanisms available under the law, people would be discouraged from the use of abusive words in the future. He noted that there were conditions under which freedom of expression could be restricted, especially when it injures the reputations of others.

Angwe said that statements that constituted hate speeches could provoke people to violence, incite them against others’ religions, tribes and standards of life. “We had the issue of violence after the 2011 elections where more than one million Nigerians were affected and properties worth almost N40billion were lost.”

“We cannot afford that at this point in time and that is why all stakeholders are trying to do one thing or the other to prevent the possibility of violence before, during or after the elections,” he said “When you call the opposition cockroaches, pigs or make statements that some people and their religion or ethnic origin are prone to dying in office, you are provoking them.”

He said such statements may not matter to some educated individuals but could provoke illiterate audience to violence. “If you look at the level of literacy in Nigeria, to most trained minds, these things may not mean much but for the untrained minds, it can incite them to violence,” he said. “Until now, nobody is held responsible; people do these things and get away freely.” He said by using the mechanisms available under the law, people would be discouraged from the use of abusive words in the future.

Dr Jideofor Adebe, a Political Scientist and Media Commentator, said the current campaigns in the country were noisy with people competing to have their ways. Adebe noted that campaign speeches in some jurisdictions like the U.S. and the UK, were protected. He said that there were some parameters for knowing when a comment becomes a hate speech in the developed world.  Adebe said such parameters should be applied in the Nigerian context to avoid provocations that could result in violence.

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False Campaign Issues For And Against Buhari On Social Media

Social media -dominated by the due of facebook and twitter has indeed change the nature of politics and politicians everywhere in the world. The social media also proven to be effective avenue to reach out to target audience mostly youths and intellectuals directly and almost instantly with ease as politicians have taken advantage of that to improve their presence and market themselves.

But this ofcourse, as expected, comes with a lot of disadvantages ranging from numerous rumours, propaganda to false accusations. This is even more possible since with as low as N100 -for instance, one can afford to login to any of Facebook or twitter, claim to be a journalist, security or political analyst and post or tweet whatever he/she likes.
Below, I intends to list and possibly explain as briefly as possible some of the false campaign issues for and against General Muhammadu Buhari -on of the leading presidential candidate of the APC in the forth coming general elections in Nigeria.

Let me start with the false campaign issues against the General:

(1) That he asked muslims to vote for only fellow muslims. Now, this is a blatant lie, Buhari never said that. What he said -back in 2001 in Hausa language in Sokoto at a luncheon was people in Sokoto know themselves, so when the ban on politics is lifted, they should choose the people that will represent them responsibly. The reporter of the ThisDay newspaper that wrote the report is a yoruba man by tribe that does not understand Hausa and was not even at the event. The reporter who is now late (may his soul rest in peace) had since apologised to Buhari on the issue.

(2) That he vowed to make Nigeria ungovernable. This is also a lie. Buhari never said that and it was indeed Lawal Kaita -a PDP chieftain also from Katsina who said that if a Northerner did not win the 2011 presidential elections, Nigeria will be made ungovernable. The Guardian newspaper that broke the news attributing it to Buhari was taken to court by him and the presidency begged him to settled the case outside court. The newspaper later wrote a piece apologising.

(3) That he is responsible for the 2011 post election violence. This is also not true as none of those making these dubious allegations up till now came up with any evidence to support their allegations. Rather, the presidential committee constituted by the federal government that was headed by the respected statesman and scholar Ahmad Lemu cleared Buhari on the issue in the report which he submitted since.

Now let’s see some of the false campaign issues for the General:

(1) That his daughter is married to an Igbo man. This is a lie. Those who created and also circulating this lie are ofcause trying to show the world that Buhari is tolerant as oppose to what some people are thinking that he a bigot. But Buhari being him a very honest man has since debunked that himself. He said none of his children married or is marrying an Igbo man. I mean, must he married his daughter to an Igbo man or anyone from different tribe that he will be seen as tolerant?

(2) That Buhari does not collect his full pension. This is also not true. The total pension package for the Former Head of States is actually less than N12m per annum not the rumoured N27m and that Buhari never rejected any percentage of it. For God sake, it is his right, his pension just like anyother retired civil servant in the country. What is wrong with he receiving all that is lawfully his? Atleast he did not steal it.
Now, I’m appealing to everybody especially those on the social media -whether the fan of Buhari or not to please campaign base on confirmed true information.

To those trying to paint Buhari black no matter how, please stop creating unnecessary lies just to prove a point. Use facts only and if at all he is bad, you will find some. Also, to those trying so hard to make him look like an angel, please do that only with facts also, for using false information might backfires and be counter productive. Let’s play politics with some decorum and definitely we can’t do that with lies.


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Osinbajo Takes Campaign to BRT Buses

The Vice-Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo rode on the Lagos State Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Christmas day to campaign and woo Nigerians to vote for the presidential candidate of the party, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming presidential election.

Osinbajo via his twitter page, shared the image of his conversation with passengers on the bus, stressing that it was an opportunity for him to articulate the programmes of the APC to Nigerians.

Within six hours of sharing the image, it generated over 650 retweets and 100 favourites. Some of his followers applauded the move while others criticized him, arguing that his move was for political gain. He added in a follow-up tweet that the most important issues are jobs, power, security and the economy.

Credit: Vanguard Nigeria