An Igbo man will never be #Nigeria’s president – MASSOB

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) says an Igbo man will never be Nigeria’s president because leaders of the ethnic group are “political slaves”.

Uchenna Madu, leader of the group, said this in a statement issued in Enugu on Tuesday.

He also said faulted Nigeria’s present political structure.

?”The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has declared that an Igbo man may not be president of Nigeria again because Igbo leaders are political slaves in Nigeria,” he said.

“Even 2019 and 2023 will come and go, an Igbo man will not be president of Nigeria.”

He insisted on the actualisation and restoration of Biafra, and not Igbo presidency.

“We insist on the actualisation and restoration of Biafra through non-violence, not Igbo presidency,” Madu said.

“The way Nigeria is structured politically, it will be very hard for an Igbo man to be the president of Nigeria.”

He said the structuring of Nigeria has reduced the Igbo to a minority “tribe”, despite being the largest ethnic group in the country.

“The structuring almost reduced the Ndigbo to a minority tribe in Nigeria but history has always proved that the Ndigbo are the largest ethnic nationality in Nigeria,” he said.

“Even though five states were accorded to the Ndigbo in Nigeria but we are the largest ethnic group in every state after the indigenes of that state. In all the nations of the world, the Ndigbo are also the largest Nigerian ethnic nationality.

“During the Yuletide, all the states in Nigeria become temporary deserts when the Ndigbo return to their hometowns.”


Source: The Cable

Osinbajo felicitates with Shehu Shagari at 92

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has congratulated former president Shehu Shagari on his 92nd birthday.

According to a statement by his spokesperson, Mr. Osinbajo said he joined “his family, well-wishers and indeed all Nigerians, in celebrating former President Shagari’s selfless service, leadership and steadfast commitment to the advancement of Nigeria, over the years.”

He said decades after serving as the second republic President of Nigeria, Mr. Shagari has continued to advance the unity, peace and prosperity of our nation.

“He believes that the patriotism, principles and the lofty values the former President displayed throughout his public life as a teacher, politician, parliamentarian, president and now as an elder statesman, make him one of the foremost national leaders of our time.

“The Acting President is confident that the honesty and strength of character with which former President Shagari has been known, will continue to be a source of inspiration.

“While wishing the nonagenarian many happy returns of the day in good health and joy, Prof. Osinbajo’s prayer for the former President is that as his days are, so shall his strength and favour be,” spokesperson Laolu Akande said.

Alex Ekwueme, Ogene make case for Igbo presidency.

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ekwueme, President of Ohaneze in Anambra State, Chief Damian Okeke Ogene and other Igbo leaders have called for Igbo presidency, saying, it was long overdue.

Ekwueme who did not specify if the Igbos should take their shot come 2019, said: “I pray that the other people (Igbos) can take it up from there and make progress.

The former vice president, who spoke yesterday at St Bernard Catholic Church, Caliber during the child dedication ceremony of Chief and Lolo Chukwuemeka Egwuonwu (KSM), added: “I would have contested for the number one position in 1987 but the military intervened in 1983 and the civilian regime was cut short.”

To Ogene, who was also at the event, “an Igbo presidency is overdue but as far as I am concerned it is not something that is coming out now. Our President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo, is going to make the stand of Ohaneze known as regards to the presidency. Igbo presidency is long over due whether it is 2019 or 2023, our own President General will make our stand known.”

However, the leaderships of the Yoruba and Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere and Ohanaeze have resolved to work together in protecting the interest of the two nationalities and seeing to the progress of nation.

In a resolution after the first meeting Nwodo would hold with any group outside Igbo land, the two organisations resolved that the paramount interest of Nigeria and the development of all ethnic nationalities that made up the country should be made paramount.
Received by Chief Ayo Adebanjo, who stood in for the leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, the apex Igbo group said the decision to make the Yoruba socio-cultural group its first place of touching base arose from the fact that it was the first organisation that openly congratulated him and followed with phone calls from its prominent leaders.

Meanwhile, former Vice President General of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Chief Enechi Onyia (SAN) has warned of the consequences of allowing the organisation to be infiltrated by politicians who parade themselves as leaders of the people.

Onyia told reporters in Enugu at the weekend that it would be dangerous for the Igbo apex socio-cultural grouping to drift from the aspirations of its founding fathers.

He blamed the crisis in the organisation on past leaders who enthroned a reign of impunity by acting independent of its constitution.

Also, Governor Simon Lalong said the Plateau State government had resumed partnership with the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF).

He made the disclosure while receiving leaders of the group led by its vice chairman, Liman Kwande, in Jos at the weekend.

Only President can approve licence for Justice Ademola’s guns – Witness

Tanimu Jeremiah, an Assistant Police Superintendent, and a prosecution witness in the trial of Justice Adeniyi Ademola, told the FCT High Court on Thursday that only the President could approve for use the type of gun found in Justice Adeniyi Ademola’ s residence.

Mr. Ademola, a Federal High Court Judge, his wife, Olabowale, and Joe Agi, a senior advocate of Nigeria, are standing trial before Justice Jude Okeke on allegations of fraud and possession of illegal arms.

The witness said the firearm was Avar magnum with capacity of eight rounds with cartridge of 12 inches each.

“The law is clear about issuance of licence for this type of firearm for private use. Only the President reserves the right to approve application for licence for such firearm.

“This was not so with this present situation,’’ he said.

Another witness, Awoyemi Adisa, an accountant with the Federal High Court tendered some documents on salaries and emolument of the first defendant (Ademola).

Mr. Adisa informed the court that the consolidated annual salary for a federal judge was about N6.3 million.

He also told the court that the judges were given N5.3 million furniture allowance in every four years, adding that the document covered 2009 and December 2016 financial year.

According to him, other welfare packages for judges include N305, 000 as medical allowance and a slot for an overseas trip once in a year.

Mr. Adisa said $6, 300 was paid for the defendant’s overseas trip and for his medical allowance in 2016.

He also said N180, 474 was remitted to him as leave allowance for the out-gone year.

Mr. Adisa further told the court that a judge was entitled to a car advance worth N7.2 million repayable within 5 years.

Giving evidence also, Christie Ende, the Deputy Registrar of the Federal High Court, tendered the certified true copies of some of the cases handled by Mr. Ademola.

They included the case of Federal Government against Sani Shaibu and Teidi Friday Ukpong against the Chief of Naval Staff.

Also the case between Jenkins Duvie Giane Gwede and the Delta State House of Assembly was admitted as evidence.

She said the third defendant (Mr. Agi) had appeared as counsel in the listed cases decided by Mr. Ademola.

Another witness, Stephen Opara, an official of the State Security Service (SSS) who interviewed and took Mrs Ademola’s statement, also tendered the video in court.

Mr. Ademola is one of the seven judges prosecuted after raids carried out by the SSS on October, 2016.


Source: NAN

Senate, lawyers split over vacuum in presidency.

The inability of President Muhammadu Buhari to resume duties on February 6 as contained in his earlier vacation letter to the Senate has triggered a debate over the legitimacy of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo to continue to act on his behalf.

Also, the debate forecloses the effort to get the appointment of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen confirmed by the Senate, since there is no one, ‘legally’ speaking, that would forward his name to the upper chamber.

Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution says: “Whenever the president transmits to the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives a written declaration that he is proceeding on vacation or that he is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his office, until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such functions shall be discharged by the vice-president as acting president.”

Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa, says that since the president did not return on February 6 as he promised and the letter he ‘purportedly’ transmitted to the National Assembly informing of his extended vacation on ground of ill health has not been read on the floor of the Senate to form its votes and proceedings, the legal capacity of Osinbajo ended midnight February 6, 2017.He said: “That ‘letter’ has not been seen by anyone, in order to determine its authenticity and its real author. When travelling in January, President Buhari personally transmitted a letter to the National Assembly, notifying them of a specific 10-day vacation, which ended on February 6, 2017. This letter was duly read and became part and parcel of the votes and proceedings of the National Assembly.

“The new ‘letter’ has not been read on the floors of either chambers of the National Assembly, to make it part of its votes and proceedings. Somehow, as if acting out a clever script, the Senate had hurriedly adjourned its sitting to February 24, ever before the ‘letter’ for an extended vacation arrived. So legally, the ‘letter’ is cooling somewhere in the National Assembly, just another letter, without any force of law. A letter transmitted to the National Assembly must be read at the plenary session to become binding.”

According to the lawyer, the implication is that there is neither president nor acting president at the moment, and since the acting president did not forward the name of Justice Onnoghen to the Senate before February 6, there is no one to do so anymore, even if the National Judicial Council (NJC) re-nominates him for the office in compliance with section 231(5) of the 1999 constitution.

“The tenure of the acting CJN will lapse on February 10, 2017. As of this night, the NJC has not met to consider recommending Onnoghen for renewal as acting CJN. The NJC cannot do this after February 6, 2017, as there will be no president or acting president, to receive such recommendation,” Adegboruwa insisted.

If this remains the true state of affairs, it means until the president resumes or the Senate breaks off from its vacation on February 24 to read the president’s second letter transmitting power to his deputy, the country shall run without either acting or substantive head of state. Also, at the expiration of the acting tenure of Justice Onnoghen on February 10, the judiciary shall remain without a clear leadership, leaving the legislature as the only legally functional of the three arms of government.But the former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Abia State, Awa Kalu (SAN) disagreed. According to him, there is no vacuum because the tenure of the acting president still subsists.

Kalu said: “Only the Senate president or his spokesman duly recognised by the Senate can comment that they don’t have an authentic letter from the president. The Senate is an institution which has an office and secretariat. It is not a house where you can lock and go away. The information we have is that the president has extended his vacation and has informed the Senate accordingly. So, I don’t have a contrary opinion. Section 145 of the 1999 constitution does not say it must be read on the floor of the house.”

Also, former president of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Austin Alegeh (SAN) agreed with Kalu. He said the president had extended the time he would be out of the country and by implication had extended the time his vice would act.

“What the law requires is a notification that he is not going to be around and that somebody would be acting on his behalf. And once that letter has been transmitted, he has complied with the law,” he stated.

Lagos lawyer, Festus Keyamo, in the same vein maintained that the letter doesn’t have to be read to take effect. “It doesn’t need the approval of the Senate. All the law requires is that he transmits a letter to the Senate and once he does that, it is alright,” Keyamo declared.

Meanwhile, the Senate has confirmed that the letter through which Buhari extended his leave is in the custody of the Senate President Bukola Saraki.

At a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the spokesman of the upper chamber, Aliu Saabi Abdullahi said the letter was in compliance with the dictates of the law and the constitution of Nigeria.

But a question on who signed the letter threw Abdullahi into a fit of anger as he condemned what he called an insinuation that the Senate was not truthful about its declaration that the letter was in its custody.He said: “With due respect, I found the last comment very uncomplimentary to the president. I have no apology for that. If he’s there, can’t he write a letter and forward it to the Senate by DHL?

“If at this level we cannot trust ourselves to do certain basic things, then why should I trust you? I think it’s important we give ourselves some level of respect and trust. We are telling you a letter has been signed and sent to us. Are you saying that the Senate is not an institution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? I am speaking to you here on behalf of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“This is not the first letter Mr. President will be communicating to us. Are you saying that if we received a letter from Mr. President and we say we received a letter from him we don’t know what we are saying?”

When asked about the return date of the president, Abdullahi said: “The letter didn’t say that the leave is indefinite because the word ‘indefinite’ is taking the matter out of context, but then the president said he’s extending the leave beyond the 10 days he had asked for.”

The Senate spokesman said the decision on when President Buhari would return to Nigeria “is not in my hands but in the hands of the doctors. That is why the president is not giving us a date.”

On when the letter was received, Abdullahi said: “The letter was received by Saraki and I was briefed today (Tuesday). It was either yesterday or today they received it.”Also yesterday, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said there was no basis for comparison between the on-going situation over Buhari’s leave and what took place when the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was ill and flown abroad for treatment. He insisted that Buhari was well.

Mohammed was reacting to a trending report on social media where a comment he made in December 2009 has become the butt of comments and jokes.

“Yes, I issued a statement on the 22nd of December (2009), but the circumstances are vastly different. Mr. President is not ill; Mr. President did not go for treatment; Mr. President went on leave and did the proper thing according to the constitution.”

In a statement issued as National Publicity Secretary of the Action Congress (AC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed had said the situation then where ministers and aides of the president gave out uncoordinated information on his health, was doing more harm than good. He urged that the citizens should be given a daily update on the health of Yar’Adua.

Gambia’s president is refusing to leave office — even as foreign troops near.

Twenty-three years after taking power and more than a month after a shocking election loss, Gambia’s defeated president isn’t ready to step down. But by Thursday morning, the pressure on Yahya Jammeh mounted as the country lurched towarda political crisis.

Troops from neighboring Senegal moved to the border with Gambia, a tiny West African country on the Atlantic Ocean. Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz arrived in the capital, Banjul, the latest in a series of African leaders who have tried to convince Jammeh to stand down. In diplomatic circles, officials suggested that Jammeh could be offered asylum in Morocco or Nigeria in exchange for handing power to the man who defeated him in December, Adama Barrow.

But on Thursday, as his term formally expired, it appeared that Jammeh remained in Banjul. There were no reports of Senegalese troops crossing the border into Gambia.

President-elect Barrow, meanwhile, posted on social media that he would hold his inauguration at the Gambian embassy in Senegal at 4 p.m. Thursday, local time.

For years, Jammeh has been caricatured as a mercurial strongman whose rule and bizarre claims, such as his ability to cure AIDS with local herbs, left him with few close international allies. In Gambia, Jammeh’s many critics say he helped enrich a small circle of politicians while doing little for the rest of the impoverished country, leading to a massive exodus to North Africa and Europe. He also vowed to slit the throats of gay men and ordered security forces to round up hundreds of people accused of witchcraft. Last year, he said Gambia would leave the International Criminal Court, which his administration mocked as the “International Caucasian Court.”


In recent days, thousands more Gambians fled the country. Among them were some of Jammeh’s former cabinet members who severed ties with him after he refused to concede the December election. The country’s ambassador to Washington, Sheikh Omar Faye, said last month that Jammeh “has created a serious post-election crisis and put The Gambia on a dangerous path.”

Hundreds of foreign tourists, who flock to Gambia’s hotel-dotted coastline, were evacuated this week.

Barrow has remained in Senegal while regional leaders tried to persuade Jammeh to leave, while simultaneously crafting a possible military operation to oust him. Barrow has little political experience — he was once a security guard at a London department store — but many Gambians see him as the symbol of a fresh start for the country. Some of his supporters suggested that they would be willing to fight Jammeh’s forces if necessary.

“Those who resist peaceful change, effective 12 midnight tonight, shall face definite consequences, to their peril,” said Mai Ahmad Fatty, one of Barrow’s advisers, in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “Anyone with firearms tonight shall be deemed a rebel, and will certainly become a legitimate target.”

Still, Aziz, Mauritania’s president, said his Wednesday meeting with Jammeh left him hopeful.

“I am now less pessimistic (Jammeh) will work on a peaceful solution that is in the best interest for everyone,” he said on Gambian state television.

Gambia: “I won’t quit as president”, Jammeh insists

President Yahya Jammeh on Thursday in Banjul reiterated his stand that he would not step down as Gambian leader when his mandate ends on Wednesday.

The information ministry said in a statement read on national television that Mr. Jammeh was planning to remain in office until the Supreme Court decides on a petition he filed.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Jammeh is challenging the result of the December 1 presidential election he lost to Adama Barrow.

Mr. Barrow, a former real estate agent who was little known before he announced his candidacy, meanwhile has also reiterated he is planning to take office on January 19, as scheduled.

Earlier this week, Gambia’s dysfunctional Supreme Court adjourned hearing Mr. Jammeh’s petition to Monday, since only one of a required minimum of five judges were present.

Experts however believe it will be highly unlikely that four additional judges will be present on Monday.

This is because the Supreme Court has not been operational since Mr. Jammeh fired several of the court’s judges in mid-2016.

All other eligible Court of Appeal judges left the country after the December election.

Observers fear that delays to the planned handover of power could lead to violence as Gambia has been in a political lockdown since Mr. Jammeh refused to accept the result.

Meanwhile, some West African leaders, including Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, are expected to arrive in Gambia to convince Mr. Jammeh to respect the constitution and hand over the presidency.

Buhari cannot stop me from becoming president – Sule Lamido

Former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido has said that President Muhammadu Buhari can’t stop him from becoming president in 2019.

Lamido made the comment after police officers stopped a rally in Bamaina village during which youth were urging him to contest in the next general elections.

“The desperation by those in authorities of power today must know that the same God that have made Balewa, Ironsi, Gowon, Murtala, Shagari, Buhari, Babangida and Jonathan Presidents could do the same for me if Allah so wishes,” Lamido told The Sun.

“All this coercion and intimidation was because of my aspiration and I must tell them that no matter what, if Allah has destined that I will be President, they cannot stop me or deter me because that will amount to fighting against the wish of God.

“Leaders should beware of the consequences that followed tyranny, impunity and abuse of human dignity. I am their father and they are coming to greet me and you are saying they have to ask for permit, permit for what?

“All over this country I’ve never heard of a mutual gathering that requires one to ask for permit, even on Saturday, we were in Sokoto for a wedding where thousands of people attended or even naming ceremonies where hundreds attend, have you asked them to show their permit?, but because it’s Sule Lamido, whoever that is coming to see me must acquire a permit to do so.

“If your prayers for me to be the President of this country is the wish of Allah, let it be, for Allah is the One that made others like Jonathan, Tafawa Balewa, Obasanjo,” he added.

Lamido had earlier said that Buhari’s administration will fall no matter what Nigerians do.

Retrospect: How a thief (James Ibori) almost became Nigeria President – By Andrew Walker

The story of how James Ibori went from convicted thief in London in the 1990s, to become governor of a wealthy oil-producing Nigerian state and then to a British prison is a remarkable one.

It is the story of a wily political operator, backing the right political horses and shifting allegiances when expedient.

Given slightly different circumstances, according to one observer, it could have seen Ibori in the presidential villa rather than a British jail cell.

Ibori’s defence in the face of allegations had always been that he had a successful business career and had made money independent of government.

But in 1991, he was working in a hardware store in the London suburb of Neasden.

The prosecution in this trial told a judge he was earning around £15,000 ($24,000) a year.

He was caught by his employer allowing his wife to walk through the till he was manning without paying for goods.

They both pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown Court and were fined.

In 1992, he was convicted for possession of a stolen credit card, which had £1,000 spent on it, and was again fined in a UK court.

‘Murky business’

Ibori then returned to Nigeria intending to become a political operator. The country was about to be tipped into a tumultuous period.

Military leader Ibrahim Babangida had scheduled elections to return Nigeria to democracy in June 1993.

James Ibori: The story so far

Ibori worked for the governorship campaign of a friend.

The experience gave him good connections with the parties that would eventually merge to form the People’s Democratic Party, currently ruling Nigeria.

The 1993 elections were cancelled by Mr Babangida. Later that year, Gen Sani Abacha staged a coup, cementing the military’s grip on power for another five years.

According to Antony Goldman, who worked as a journalist in Nigeria for many years and has followed Ibori’s career closely, this is when Ibori made his first shift of political master, offering his services to Abacha.

“He had an unspecified role in security,” Mr Goldman said. “That could be anything, it was a very murky business.”

Abacha was accused of murdering political opponents and ruthlessly crushing dissent and pro-democracy movements.

In the mid-1990s, Ibori was questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in the US about how he came into the possession of millions of dollars that he transferred to accounts in the US.

The FBI suspected the money came from advance fee fraud, the infamous Nigerian 419 scam, but he was able to prove the money came from his work with Abacha, Mr Goldman said.

Abacha died in 1998 and Ibori switched horses again, attaching himself to influential northern politician Atiku Abubakar, who went on to become vice-president.

Medically impossible

In 1999, Ibori took out a mortgage on a property in Abbey Road, London.

To do that, he got a new passport with a false birth date to mask his previous convictions.

The birth date he chose was in fact medically impossible as it was only a month after his sister’s birthday, the prosecution told the court.

Ibori was installed as the governor of the oil-rich Delta State in the 1999 elections.

In order to take office in Nigeria, he had to swear an affidavit that he had no convictions. To do this, he used the same birth date he had made up to acquire his mortgage.

It was this evidence that would, in a London court 14 years later, spell the end for Ibori.

Soon after he became governor, Ibori paid off the Abbey Road mortgage in cash.

He went on to buy three other properties in the UK. He paid £2.2 million in cash for a house in the plush London suburb of Hampstead.

‘Bankrolled election’

In 2005 the Metropolitan Police began to take an interest in Ibori after they came across a purchase order for a private jet, made through his solicitor in London.

It was just after this that Ibori shifted horses again, switching his allegiance from Mr Abubakar to the then President Olusegun Obasanjo.

In 2006, President Obasanjo recruited Ibori to help him force through a change in the constitution to allow him to run for a third term as president.

When that plan failed, Ibori promised his allegiance to Mr Obasanjo’s anointed successor, Umaru Yar’Adua.

At the ruling party’s pre-election convention in 2006, Ibori was on hand to lift up the northern governor’s hands in a display of victory – hours before delegates from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) voted to select him as their candidate.

Ibori is then accused of bankrolling the 2007 Yar’Adua election campaign, although this has been denied.

Mr Goldman says he understands Ibori was promised the vice-president’s job, in return for his support.

But Mr Yar’Adua, who had been ill for many years, died in office.

His Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan succeeded him and remains Nigeria’s president.

Despite being a fellow former governor of a neighbouring oil state, Ibori and Mr Jonathan were by now political enemies.

In 2010, President Jonathan set the country’s anti-corruption police, the Economic and Financial Crimes commission on him, but their officers were ambushed when they came to arrest him.

Ibori left Nigeria shortly afterwards.

He went to Dubai, whose government arrested him and transferred him to the UK to face trial.

Mr Goldman says had Yar’Adua lived, and made Ibori his vice-president, he would have had a clear run to become president.

“Then Mr Ibori would have met Queen Elizabeth at the state house, instead of serving at her pleasure,” Mr Goldman said.

Former Israeli President freed after 5 years in jail for rape

Israel’s former president, Moshe Katsav, was on Wednesday freed on parole after serving five of his seven-year prison sentence for rape and other sexual offenses.

Live television and radio broadcasts showed Mr. Katsav walking out of the Maasiyahu Prison, east of Tel Aviv, where about a dozen of family members and supporters were waiting for him.

He hugged his wife, Gila, and entered a car that took him to his home in the southern town of Kiryat Malachi.

His release came about an hour after the State Attorney, Shai Nitzan, said that the prosecution would not appeal the Parole Committee’s decision to grant Mr. Katsav an early release.

Under the terms of his parole, Mr. Katsav would have to join a prison service rehabilitation programme.

He would also have to stay under house arrest every night, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., until the end of his parole period.

The committee also imposed restrictions on speaking to the media and forbade him to hold a job position in which he would have female subordinates.

Mr. Katsav, 71, was born in Iran and became the first president who was born in a Muslim country.

He served as Israel’s seventh president between 2000 and 2007.

In 1977, at the age of 30, he first became a parliament member with the right-wing Likud party.

In November 2011, the Supreme Court unanimously affirmed his conviction on two counts of rape of a former employee during his term as a tourism minister in the 1990s.

He was also convicted of indecent sexual assaults and sexual harassment of two other women while being president, and obstruction of justice.

Electoral College Vote Seals Trump Victory As US Next President

President-elect Donald Trump has received a majority in the US Electoral College as votes from Texas electors put him over the 270 threshold.

Monday’s result confirmed as expected Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States.

The Electoral College appeared unswayed by a last-ditch bid by die-hard opponents to bar the Republican’s path to the White House.

Six weeks after his upset victory over the Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump sailed past the 270 votes needed to make his victory official, clearing the way for him to succeed Barack Obama on January 20.

Militants Attack East Congo As President Kabila’s Term Expires

Militiamen in eastern Congo attacked a prison on Monday, engaging in gun battle with security forces amid heightened tensions as President Joseph Kabila’s last term in office ends.

Report said no election was held to choose a successor to Mr. Kabila , whose mandate had expired and opponents said it was an attempt to cling to power in defiance of the constitution.

Fabrice Kakubuzi, a local activist in the eastern city of Butembo told journalists that “since early morning on Monday, there have been incursions by the Mai Mai militia.

“They wanted to liberate prisoners at the central prison.

“They want to take advantage of the day to liberate prisoners,’’ Mr. Kakubuzi said.

A police spokesman said the militiamen were trying to loot but had been pushed back by security forces.

A presidential election was postponed until April 2018 because of logistical and financial problems and some opposition leaders agreed that Mr. Kabila could remain in office until then.

The constitutional court has also ruled that Mr. Kabila, who had been the country’s president since his father was assassinated in 2001, can stay on.

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Gambia: Adama Barrow To Declare Himself President

The Gambia’s President-elect, Adama Barrow, has told the BBC he will declare himself president on 18 January despite incumbent Yahya Jammeh’s rejection of the election result.

He said his team was preparing for his inauguration and he urged Mr Jammeh to respect the will of the electorate.

The election commission declared Mr Barrow winner of the 1 December poll.

Mr Jammeh has launched court action to annul the result after initially accepting defeat.

His security forces have seized control of the election commission’s headquarters in the capital, Banjul.

The Gambia has not had a smooth transfer of power since independence from Britain in 1965.

Mr Jammeh first seized power in a coup in 1994, and many of his critics have been jailed or forced into exile.

Mr Barrow, a property developer who was the candidate of a coalition of seven opposition parties, defeated him by four percentage points.

In the interview with the BBC’s Umaru Fofana, Mr Barrow said Mr Jammeh’s move to annul the election had come as a surprise.

Mr Jammeh had phoned to congratulate him soon after the election and had stated that “our system is the best” and “nobody can rig” the elections, Mr Barrow said.

He ruled out a recount or re-run of the election: “We are not supporting anything as at now. Our position is very very clear. I’m president-elect. We advise the president to cooperate.”

Asked about his inauguration, Mr Barrow said: “We have a team that is working on our inauguration. We are working on it; on the 18th, I’m the legal president of this country.”

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Obama: Some critics thought my presidency would last only a year.

The outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama has disclosed that some people believe that he would not survive more than a year as U.S. President.

Mr. Obama disclosed this in his remarks at the 2016 Hanukkah Reception at the White House.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.

“I want to say how much Michelle and I appreciate the opportunities to have celebrated so many Hanukkahs with you in the White House.

“You know, at the beginning of my presidency, some critics thought it would last for only a year.

“But, miracle of miracles, it has lasted eight years.

“It’s lasted eight whole years. Nes Gadol Haya Po,” the two-term U.S. president said.

NAN reports that Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.

It is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication.

Hanukkah 2016 will start on the evening of December 24 and will end on the evening of January 1, 2017.

Mr. Obama remarked that “as many of you know, the name ‘Hanukkah’ comes from the Hebrew word for ‘dedication’.

“So we want to thank you again for your dedication to our country, to the historic progress that we’ve made, to the defence of religious freedom in the United States and around the world.

“Today in the White House, as you will soon do in your homes, we recall Hanukkah’s many lessons: How a small group can make a big difference.

“That’s the story of the Maccabees’ unlikely military victory, and of great moral movements around the globe and across time. How a little bit can go a long way, like the small measure of oil that outlasted every expectation.

“It reminds us that even when our resources seem limited, our faith can help us make the most of what little we have.

“The small State of Israel and the relatively small Jewish population of this country have punched far above their weight in their contributions to the world. So the Festival of Lights is also a reminder of how Isaiah saw the Jewish people, as a light unto the nations.”

According to him, this is the season that we appreciate the many miracles, large and small, that have graced our lives throughout generations, and to recognise that the most meaningful among them is our freedom.

“The first chapter of the Hanukkah story was written 22 centuries ago, when rulers banned religious rituals and persecuted Jews who dared to observe their faith.

“Which is why today we are asked not only to light the menorah, but to proudly display it – to publicise the mitzvah. And that’s why we’ve invited all these reporters who are here.”

He said that everybody in America could understand the spirit of the Hanukkah tradition.

“Proudly practicing our religion, whatever it might be – and defending the rights of others to do the same – that’s our common creed.

“That’s what families from coast to coast confirm when they place their menorah in the window ‘ not to share the candles’ glow with just your family, but also with your community and with your neighbours.

“The story of Hanukkah, the story of the Jewish people, the story of perseverance – these are one and the same,” the outgoing U.S. President said.

NAN reports that Mr. Obama was inaugurated as the 44th U.S. President on January 20, 2008, the only Black man in the history of U.S. to be elected president.

The former Illinois senator, who still receives high popularity ratings among Americans, won re-election for the second and last term in 2012, will be out of office on January 20, 2017.

Ghanaian Voters Pick Nana Akufo-Addo, As New President – Media Reports

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has won Ghana’s presidential election, defeating incumbent President John Mahama in a hotly contested election according to result released by media outlets across the country.


Mr. Akufo-Addo party also triumphed over Mr. Mahama’s National Democratic Congress (NDC), in parliamentary elections that also took place throughout Ghana on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.


President Mahama’s bid for reelection was hurt by widespread voter disaffection with an economy that has stalled and a sense that the incumbent president had lost touch with everyday Ghanaians.


Mr. Akufo-Addo rode a populist message into office, promising voters that he would reverse the rot of the past few years of the NDC’s rule. Results of polls showed that the opposition party capitalized on Ghanaians’ desire for change to upstage the incumbent President.


The national electoral body has not officially declared the results, but most Ghanaians have accused the body of complicity as it has stalled in announced results of the election as widely expected by a majority of Ghanaians.

The South Korean parliament has voted to impeach their president

South Korean president Park Geun-hye is fighting for her political life after MPs voted to impeach her over a corruption and cronyism scandal that has made her the country’s most unpopular leader since it became a democracy in the late 1980s.


Friday’s vote in favour of impeachment is also being seen as a reflection of public anger over how South Korea, despite decades of economic development and freedoms that contrast dramatically with its neighbour North Korea, remains in the grip of a corrupt political and industrial elite.

By the time the votes were tallied, enough members of Park’s own Saenuri party had voted against her to bring about her impeachment – a measure of the damage inflicted on her reputation since the scandal surfaced less than two months ago.

The National assembly speaker, Chung Sye-kyun, said the bill had passed by a vote of 234 to 56, with nine invalid votes and abstentions. The bill needed the support of 200 of the assembly’s 300 members to pass.

As politicians brought Park’s presidency to the brink of destruction, protesters gathered in front of the national assembly in Seoul calling for her to resign. Inside the chamber, opposition MPs sat on the floor, raised their fists and chanted “Impeach!”

Park is expected to wait for the country’s constitutional court to decide whether Friday’s impeachment vote is valid – a process that could take up to six months. The success of the impeachment bill – on which MPs voted anonymously – means Park will be stripped of her power. Her duties will be temporarily transferred to the prime minister, Hwang Kyo-ahn, while the court reviews whether her impeachment is constitutionally sound.

If six of the court’s nine justices support the impeachment, Park will be removed from office and a new presidential election held within 60 days.

The crisis, sparked in late October by Park’s relationship with Choi Soon-sil, an old friend, is by far the most serious of her presidency, which was supposed to run until early 2018.

Revelations that Park abused her position to help Choi secure tens of millions of dollars in funding for her foundations from major South Korean companies, and even allowed her to influence policy, have provoked a wave of anger across the country, sending the president’s approval rating to a record low of 4%.

Choi faces embezzlement charges. Park, who has been named as a formal suspect, has denied seeking any personal gain.

The revelations have led to massive protests in recent weeks, with organisers claiming that as many as 1.5 million people turned out in the capital, Seoul, last weekend to demand that Park step down.

JUST IN: Doris Leuthard elected Swiss president

Centre-right politician, Doris Leuthard, will serve as Swiss president next year, the parliament decided on Wednesday in Bern.


Report says the leadership post goes to a different cabinet minister every year.


Leuthard, a Christian Democratic People’s Party member, has served as minister for environment, transport, energy and communication.


A former proponent of nuclear power, Leuthard has become the architect of Switzerland’s plan to gradually shut down its reactors.


Referendum voters in November supported her view that a rapid phase-out would do more harm than good.


Having been in government for more than 10 years, the 53-year-old politician is currently Switzerland’s longest-serving cabinet member.


However, she had already served as president once, in 2010.


Leuthard succeeded Economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann as president.

Here is what we know about Adama Barrow, the ‘next’ President of Gambia.

Information coming in from the electoral commission in Gambia has it that the opposition candidate, Adama Barrow, is in the lead after almost 75 per cent of votes had been counted in Gambian presidential voting, threatening President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year-rule, the electoral commission said on Friday.


Mr. Barrow, who has the support of seven political parties, has won 22 out of 53 constituencies or 138,148 votes in Thursday’s presidential polls.


Just in case Mr Barrow is declared President-Elect of Gambia, Omojuwa.Com has compiled a summary of what we know about Mr Barrow for your reading.


Mr Barrow:


  • Born in 1965 in small village near the market town of Basse, eastern Gambia
  • Moved to London in the 2000s, reportedly working as a security guard at Argos department store in north London while he completed his studies.
  • Returned to Gambia in 2006 to set up his own property company
  • 51-year-old wins nomination to lead coalition of seven opposition parties against President Jammeh
  • Criticises the lack of a two-term limit on the presidency and condemns the jailing of opposition politicians
  • Promotes an independent judiciary, freedom for media and civil society
  • Says he will introduce a three-year transitional government made up from members of the opposition coalition if he wins

Michelle will never contest for president – Obama

President of the United States, Barack Obama says his wife and first lady, Michelle Obama will never run for president.


Obama said this in her interview with Rolling Stone Magazine.

“Michelle will never run for office,” he said.

Obama’s statement will come as shock to many who believe Michelle will make a good politician, and could beat Donald Trump in 2020.

Michelle earned rave reviews for her speech at the Democratic National Convention, where she coined the phrase, “When they go low, we go high.”

“She is as talented a person as I know,” he continued. “You can see the incredible resonance she has with the American people. But I joke that she’s too sensible to want to be in politics.”

When asked if he thinks the presidency will ultimately constrain Trump, Obama replied, “I think sitting behind that desk is sobering, and that it will have an impact on him as it has on every president.”

Nigeria’s Bernard Aliu Re-elected ICAO Council President

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Council has re-elected Nigeria’s Dr. Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu as President for a second three-year term.

In a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, Mr. James Odaudu, from Montreal, Canada, which was made available to the media in Abuja, he said his re-election is coming on the heels of the country’s election into the world body’s “Part 2? Category during its General Assembly in September.

Odaudu said Aliu’s reelection was without opposition as he was the only one nominated at the close of submissions.

The statement said the election had to be affirmed through a voice vote which recorded no dissent from any of the members of the Council.

Addressing members of the Council after his election, Aliu, who will occupy the world aviation number one office for another three years, thanked them for re-affirming their confidence in him through the election and promised to be more committed to the ideals of ICAO.

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Jonathan is one of the greatest presidents Nigeria ever produced – Abba Moro

Former Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, has described the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan as one of the greatest Presidents Nigeria has ever produced.

In a statement he personally signed, Morro said Jonathan was a great leader, who contributed in no small measure to the advancement and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria and Africa.

Felicitating with the former President on his 59th birthday, the Benue-born grassroots politician said Jonathan recorded tremendous achievements as President through his transformation agenda.

He recalled how the former President created a solid foundation in the country’s electoral system by conceding defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

The ex-Minister further noted that the current clamour and appeal by Nigerians for the return of Jonathan to power, was an indication that the people have come to realize their mistake in voting him out in 2015, despite efforts he was making to take Nigeria to the ‘promised’ land.

According to Moro, “Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is a great icon and hero of democracy in Nigeria, Africa and the entire world. He subordinated personal interest to the national interest when, even before the votes for the presidential election were tallied, for the first time in the history of democracy in Nigeria, called his challenger, General Muhammadu Buhari to concede defeat.

“This doused the pent-up tension and shamed the West’s orchestrated prophecy of Armageddon and the disintegration of Nigeria. By this singular act of statesmanship, a rare political demonstration in Africa, indeed the world, President Jonathan stabilized the polity and ensured a smooth transition of power, again for the first time in the history of democracy in Nigeria from the candidate of the ruling party to the candidate of the opposition party.

“By putting in place a platform of credible, free, fair and transparent elections, Jonathan laid the foundation for sustaining and deepening democracy in Nigeria.

“Today, he remains one of the greatest presidents ever produced by Nigeria since the country’s attainment of Independence in 1960.

“Congratulations to a worthy Nigerian symbol of democracy at 59; a man who via good governance and sterling leadership style brought Nigeria to the path of glory and made significant impact in the lives of the Nigerian people. ”

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.

PDP: Nigerians want Jonathan back as president.

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has claimed that Nigerians are yearning for the return of former President Goodluck Jonathan just two years after he left office.

The party stated this on Sunday in a message to the former president as he celebrates his 59th birthday.
In the message, signed by its spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye, PDP said Nigerians want Mr. Jonathan back because his successor, President Muhammadu Buhari, has failed.

“Your Excellency Sir, in less than two years of leaving office, Nigerians are yearning and crying for your return especially as your successor who won the 2015 Presidential Election on the altar of propaganda and lies against your administration has done no better since he took over from you on May 29, 2015”.

The PDP said all the legacies of Mr. Jonathan such as electoral reforms for free, fair and credible election “have been eroded and quickly replaced with inconclusive elections, electoral apathy, voter inducement, intimidation, harassment and unfair incarceration of judges and squeezing of opposition at all levels.

“This reversal of your achievements is also visible in all sectors of our economy as the vibrant and largest economy you left behind in May 2015 is today in great recession and near depression,” it said.

PDP said it is congratulating the former President on his legacies and achievements in “academia, politics, governance and social life”, which, it said, remains indelible and worthy of emulation by well-meaning people.

“You are a shining light during and after office as one of the Heads of State in Nigeria and Africa in general who willingly conceded power to the opposition in the interest of peace and democracy.

“Your Excellency Sir, this is your 59th Birthday Anniversary, and so let us allow you celebrate instead of bothering you with the sick and comatose state of our economy.

“We pray the Almighty God to bless you with good health and many more years of service to your home State, Bayelsa, Nigeria, Africa and the world in general. We wish you 59 hearty happy cheers,” the party said.

Atiku will become Nigeria’s President or die trying – Jude Egbas

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, is driven by a burning desire to become Nigeria’s President.

It’s an ambition that dictates every course of action the man has taken since Nigeria’s return to democracy.

Atiku wants to be President so bad, he’ll give an arm and leg to make that dream become reality.

It’s also one ambition that may ultimately consume the man who harbours them.

And it hasn’t been for want of trying.

Atiku was barely a year into his job as Governor of Adamawa State in 1998 when he was drafted into the PDP presidential campaign as Olusegun Obasanjo’s running mate.

Obasanjo and Atiku prevailed.

‘Baba Iyabo’ (as Obasanjo is fondly called) would soon find out that Atiku was too ambitious for his own good. Most of the Governors elected on the platform of the PDP, were Atiku loyalists.

Atiku had also inherited the PDM political structure founded by the late  Shehu Musa Yar’Adua.

The PDM political machine was instrumental to PDP’s electoral conquests of 1999. Atiku had all of the PDM structure in his back pocket.

Obasanjo was the first to recognise the Atiku political threat. The Ota farmer had one job as his first term wound down—begin cutting Atiku to size.

And he did.

When Obasanjo sought for a second term, he couldn’t help running to Atiku who was still the most powerful and smartest politician in the land at the time.

According to one version of events, Obasanjo went down on his knees as he pleaded with Atiku to support his second term bid.

Atiku acceded to Baba’s request and Obasanjo got his second term.

If any agreement was struck between Baba and the Turakin Adamawa (Atiku’s traditional title) that the latter should succeed the former as President, no one would tell.

But Obasanjo made sure Atiku didn’t succeed him. He pulled out all the stops to thwart an Atiku Presidency.

Without the support of his boss, Atiku announced his presidential run on November 25, 2006 on the platform of the Action Congress (AC). Obasanjo made sure there was no space under the PDP umbrella for Atiku.

Atiku lost that presidential election to Umaru Yar’adua. He polled a distant third behind Muhammadu Buhari who ran on the platform of the ANPP.

2006 wasn’t Atiku’s first Presidential run, however.

In 1992, the elder Yar’adua had propped Atiku for the SDP Presidential primary. Atiku lost the SDP ticket to MKO Abiola and abandoned his Presidential ambition on the floor of the convention.

There was a gentleman’s agreement that Abiola would announce Atiku as his running mate, but Abiola announced Babagana Kingibe as his running mate instead.

In October of 2010, Atiku announced yet another Presidential run. He had staged a return to the PDP after flirting with the AC.

Atiku lost the PDP presidential primary election to Goodluck Jonathan. He had garnered a paltry 805 votes to Jonathan’s 2736 votes at the Eagle Square in Abuja.

But Atiku wasn’t done just yet.

In February 2014, Atiku defected from the PDP to the APC in a bid to realise his dream of becoming Nigeria’s President.

After the APC presidential primary ahead of the 2015 general elections, Atiku was left licking his wounds again. He was floored by Buhari at the party convention.

Buhari went on to become Nigeria’s President, with the opposition APC handing the then governing party, PDP, a bloody nose during the general election contest.

Atiku retreated behind the curtains, but he has been doing enough to suggest he’ll be back when another presidential contest comes around in 2019.

Atiku has set up his stall perfectly on social media, he’s taken to philanthropy, he’s become friends with the millennials, he lets you know when he’s watching Arsenal play, he tweets like the rest of us, his PR handlers have been working overtime and he’s began to grant more and more interviews to the mainstream media.

Plus, he boasts very deep pockets.

For Atiku, the mantra is– become Nigeria’s President or die tryin’.

Atiku belongs to the school of thought that says, it doesn’t matter how many times a man falls, what counts is how many times he’s able to get back up.


There’ve been insinuations that Atiku is working behind the scenes to float yet another political party ahead of the 2019 election.

For a man who has no scruples swapping one political party for another when it suits his cause, those speculations aren’t entirely unfounded.

He’s tried and failed in the past, but you can almost take this to the bank:

Atiku will run for President again in 2019—whether you back his bid or not.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Is Seriously Considering Running For President

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been winning all year! To start off, Forbes recently named him the highest paid actor in the world, and now People Magazine has crowned him 2016’s Sexiest Man Alive.

All the coins and sexiness aside, The Rock is actually considering running for president.

 Is Donald Trump’s win, and Kanye West’s quest to run in 2020 making it the new normal for celebs to seriously consider running for president?

“I used to say it jokingly but every time I was asked, it was with a real genuine interest. And it was very earnest,” Dwayne said to PEOPLE.

“And so I started to really think. Could I make a difference? Could I surround myself with really brilliant people to help me make decisions? Do I care about this country? And when the answers continued to come up yes, then I thought, there’s a good chance. Yeah, one day. Then we’ll do another interview like this.” He continued.

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ASUU strike will go on as planned despite senate’s intervention – President

The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, has vowed that the body will embark on its warning strike billed to commence today despite the intervention of the Senate.


Recall that the academic body had on Monday threatened to embark on a one week warning strike over the failure of the Federal Government to fulfill an agreement reached in 2013.


Following its threat, the Senate had yesterday urged President of the senate, Bukola Saraki to intervene in the matter with the view to stopping the body from carrying out the threat.


The senate, however, extended an invitation to the leadership of the union while calling for a temporary suspension of the planned strike action.


But speaking with The Nation, Ogunyemi insisted that the planned industrial action will go on despite the invitation by the senate.


“They have invited us for a meeting tomorrow (today) and we are going to meet with them. It is only after the meeting that we will call our own meeting and take a position.


“So, for now, the action will commence as planned. When we get to the Senate, we will address the issue. That is the position for now,” Ogunyemi said.

Atiku: Obasanjo wanted to be president for life but I stood in his way.

Former Vice-president Atiku Abubakar has insisted that ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo wanted to pave the way for a lifetime presidency and not just a third term in office.

Atiku said this in an interview with a quarterly magazine published by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Zero Tolerance.

The former vice-president said, initially, it was assumed that the plan was to modify the constitution so that Obasanjo could serve a third, four-year term as President.

He, however, said the aspect of tenure limitation was carefully removed so that Obasanjo could be President for life.

When asked why he and Obasanjo were at loggerheads towards the end of their tenure, he said, “My offence was that I disagreed with him on the amendment of the constitution to remove tenure/term limits or what was popularly called the ‘third term agenda’.

“In fact, he sent the then Attorney-General and Prof. Jerry Gana to my office to bring the draft amendments to the constitution. After going through (them), I found out that tenure limits had been removed. In other words, he could be President for life.

“I then asked them that ‘if I send you to the President, can you deliver this message?’ They said yes. I said ‘go and tell him I will not support it and (I) will fight it’.”

Atiku said due to his disagreement with Obasanjo, the ex-president decided to tag him as a corrupt person.

The former vice-president said the then Chairman of the EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, accused him of corruption but later came to him to apologise.

He said, “When he came to ask me for forgiveness, I said if you want me to forgive you, Nuhu, go to the same television stations where you said I was corrupt and say you now (have) realised that I am not corrupt.

“Then he said ‘sir, you have forgiven so many people who have offended you publicly without them going to TV stations to apologise to you’ and I said, ‘your case is different because first of all, I helped to found the EFCC’.

“I was instrumental to your appointment, so, I believe I have contributed to your development and this is how you are paying me back. In any case, he kept on apologising and I said, ‘okay, no problem. That closed the chapter’.”

Atiku denied media reports that a United States Senate report accused him of laundering $40m in the US between 2000 and 2008.

The former vice-president confirmed that he did transfer money to the US but it was not illegal.

He added, “It was an allegation which was not proved. It was my legitimate money which I transferred to the US; there was nothing (wrong) about it. More so, I was not indicted in that report. They only said suspicious funds but I proved before the Senate committee that they were not suspicious.”

Atiku explained that the accusations emanated from his dealings with a Louisiana congressman, William Jefferson.

He explained that Jefferson had approached him for a communications project but he referred the American to the minister of communications.

Atiku said the US lawmaker collected $100,000 from a woman under the pretext of using it to bribe him (Atiku).

The ex-vice-president said he, however, rejected the money which he described as too little for a man of his status.

He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation subsequently searched his wife’s US home but nothing incriminating was found.

Atiku said, “Apparently, I didn’t know he (Jefferson) had duped a lady and collected marked money from her in my name. Unknown to him, the FBI were on his trail. But, of course, there was no way he could give me money because what was $100,000 to me?

“Eventually, my wife’s residence was searched and nothing was found but when his residence was searched, of course, the money was found there and he was convicted. I was not even called as a witness.”

Unbelievable pictures from protest following Donald Trump’s victory at the #USElections

Following the victory of Republican candidate, Donald Trump at the US Presidential elections, hundreds of protesters have flooded the streets to condemn the results.


Police say the group started peacefully, before some of the protesters grew violent.


The protesters are carrying anti-Trump signs, declaring their refusal to accept Trump’s victory.


Trump had defeated Clinton 278 to 221 after compilation of votes.


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Read the Letter Aaron Sorkin Wrote His Daughter After Donald Trump Was Elected President

The Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Social Network and mastermind behind The West Wing reacts to Donald Trump being elected the 45th president of the United States in a moving letter written to his 15-year-old daughter Roxy and her mother Julia Sorkin.

Read the letter belwo:

Sorkin Girls,

Well the world changed late last night in a way I couldn’t protect us from. That’s a terrible feeling for a father. I won’t sugarcoat it—this is truly horrible. It’s hardly the first time my candidate didn’t win (in fact it’s the sixth time) but it is the first time that a thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn has.

And it wasn’t just Donald Trump who won last night—it was his supporters too. The Klan won last night. White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons. Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life (or are the reason for their way of life) have been given cause to celebrate. Men who have no right to call themselves that and who think that women who aspire to more than looking hot are shrill, ugly, and otherwise worthy of our scorn rather than our admiration struck a blow for misogynistic shitheads everywhere. Hate was given hope. Abject dumbness was glamorized as being “the fresh voice of an outsider” who’s going to “shake things up.” (Did anyone bother to ask how? Is he going to re-arrange the chairs in the Roosevelt Room?) For the next four years, the President of the United States, the same office held by Washington and Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, F.D.R., J.F.K. and Barack Obama, will be held by a man-boy who’ll spend his hours exacting Twitter vengeance against all who criticize him (and those numbers will be legion). We’ve embarrassed ourselves in front of our children and the world.

And the world took no time to react. The Dow futures dropped 7,000 points overnight. Economists are predicting a deep and prolonged recession. Our NATO allies are in a state of legitimate fear. And speaking of fear, Muslim-Americans, Mexican-Americans and African-Americans are shaking in their shoes. And we’d be right to note that many of Donald Trump’s fans are not fans of Jews. On the other hand, there is a party going on at ISIS headquarters. What wouldn’t we give to trade this small fraction of a man for Richard Nixon right now?

So what do we do?

First of all, we remember that we’re not alone. A hundred million people in America and a billion more around the world feel exactly the same way we do.

Second, we get out of bed. The Trumpsters want to see people like us (Jewish, “coastal elites,” educated, socially progressive, Hollywood…) sobbing and wailing and talking about moving to Canada. I won’t give them that and neither will you. Here’s what we’ll do…

…we’ll fucking fight. (Roxy, there’s a time for this kind of language and it’s now.) We’re not powerless and we’re not voiceless. We don’t have majorities in the House or Senate but we do have representatives there. It’s also good to remember that most members of Trump’s own party feel exactly the same way about him that we do. We make sure that the people we sent to Washington—including Kamala Harris—take our strength with them and never take a day off.

We get involved. We do what we can to fight injustice anywhere we see it—whether it’s writing a check or rolling up our sleeves. Our family is fairly insulated from the effects of a Trump presidency so we fight for the families that aren’t. We fight for a woman to keep her right to choose. We fight for the First Amendment and we fight mostly for equality—not for a guarantee of equal outcomes but for equal opportunities. We stand up.

America didn’t stop being America last night and we didn’t stop being Americans and here’s the thing about Americans: Our darkest days have always—always—been followed by our finest hours.

Roxy, I know my predictions have let you down in the past, but personally, I don’t think this guy can make it a year without committing an impeachable crime. If he does manage to be a douche nozzle without breaking the law for four years, we’ll make it through those four years. And three years from now we’ll fight like hell for our candidate and we’ll win and they’ll lose and this time they’ll lose for good. Honey, it’ll be your first vote.

The battle isn’t over, it’s just begun. Grandpa fought in World War II and when he came home this country handed him an opportunity to make a great life for his family. I will not hand his granddaughter a country shaped by hateful and stupid men. Your tears last night woke me up, and I’ll never go to sleep on you again.



BREAKING: Violent protests erupt as Donald Trump becomes president-elect in America.

Crowds of angry protesters have taken to streets across the United States chanting “Not Our President” while setting fires and smashing windows.


Hundreds of people descended on California minutes after it was announced that Donald Trump had won the election.


Hillary Clinton supporters were filmed setting fire to the US flag while marching through the streets of Portland, Oregon, shouting “F*** Donald Trump”.


Footage also emerged of activists setting tyres and rubbish bins on fire, blocking main roads and lighting flares.


People also burned an effigy of the President-elect, who will be officially sworn into office in January.


Meanwhile, a young student has reportedly been hit by an SUV and severely injured during a march in Berkeley, with one witness claiming the crash was intentional, according NBC Bay Area .


Hillary Clinton supporters burn a US flag in Portland, Oregon, during protests after Trump wins (Photo: Twitter)
Police detain a protester marching against president-elect Donald Trump in Oakland, California
Hundreds of protesters gathered to march after it was announced that Mr Trump had won the election (Photo: Reuters)
A fire rages on a main road after angry protesters took to the streets (Photo: Rex)

Other protests have broken out in the San Diego, San Fransisco and San Jose areas, according to reports.

People could be heard chanting “Whose streets? Our streets” and “Not Our President”, according to Twitter users at the scene.

A demonstration also unfolded at the University of California, Davis where students blocked streets as they marched and chanted anti-Trump slogans and “You are not America, we are America,” according to Twitter posts.

Anti-racist protesters are to stage a demonstration outside the US Embassy in London following the shock election victory.

People link arms as they march through the streets of Oakland, California (Photo: Reuters)
The carnage left in the streets of Oakland after protests broke out (Photo: Rex)

Activists accused the President-elect of having a long history of “racist outbursts” as well as his promise to build a wall between the US and Mexico.

Sabby Dhalu, co-convener of the Stand up to Racism group, said: “Donald Trump used the oldest trick in the book – he stirred up fear and racism in the context of a stagnant economy and the resulting fall in living standards – to mobilise a vote for him.

“The danger now is racists across the globe feel emboldened by Donald Trump’s victory and racism and sexism become normalised through the most powerful figure in the world.

“We call on anti-racists and all progressives to join us tonight outside the US Embassy.”

Protesters chanted “Who’s streets? Our streets” and “Not our president” (Photo: REX)
Police were called to deal with protesters after peaceful marches turned violent (Photo: reX)
Protesters set fire to tyres, rubbish and even American flags (Photo: Rex)

The billionaire businessman will become the 45th president of the United States after voters gambled on his pledge to “Make America Great Again”.

Speaking at a victory party in New York after rival Hillary Clinton conceded defeat, Mr Trump urged Americans to put the election behind them.

“It is time for us to come together as one united people,” he said.

“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans.”

Hillary supporters turned out to vent their fury at the election result (Photo: Splash)
Fires burned on highways, which police were forced to close in the hours after the election result was announced (Photo: rex)
Furious students marched in cities across the United States moments after Trump declared victory (Photo: Rex)

Taking to the stage with his family, including wife Melania, Mr Trump promised a plan to double economic growth and invest in world-class infrastructure.

“Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream.”

It would be a “beautiful thing”, he said.

The election of the outspoken businessman and TV personality, who has never held public office, shows the anger and frustration of many Americans who felt left behind by the economy and ignored by the political establishment.

Mr Trump said: “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”

Police were called to deal with activists after people began smashing windows and starting fires (Photo: reX)
Protesters in Oakland to Broadway in downtown to protest the election of Donald Trump (Photo: Rex)

The Republican candidate sealed victory when he took key battleground states Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The Clinton camp initially refused to throw in the towel, but Mr Trump told supporters shortly before 8am UK time: “I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us – it’s about us – on our victory and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign.”

During the battle for the Oval Office, Mr Trump had repeatedly described his rival as “crooked Hillary” and called her a “nasty woman”.

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But he struck a conciliatory tone in his first appearance as president-elect, thanking the former first lady and secretary of state for her “service” to the country.

Mr Trump sought to give reassurance to international leaders about his intentions: “I want to tell the world community that, while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone – all people and all other nations.

US Election: Ekweremadu congratulates President-Elect Trump

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated the President-Elect of the United States of America, USA, Mr. Donald Trump, on his victory in the US presidential election.

In his message, Ekweremadu, who described the election as “hard-fought”, said the two major contestants gave a good account of themselves, and commended the candidate of the Democratic Party, Mrs. Hilary Clinton, for calling to concede the presidency to her rival and congratulating him on his hard-worn victory.

He said: “Mr. Trump has rightly described the election as historic. But it is not only historic for the U.S, but also for the world. It is an important reminder to the entire world of the true meaning and essence of democracy as government of the people.

“I urge him to work for democracy, global peace and prosperity because the peace and prosperity of America is intrinsic in that of the entire world.

“In particular, I urge better bilateral deals for Nigeria by the incoming Donald Trump presidency. I have no doubt that the people of Nigeria and indeed the Peoples Democratic Party are willing and ready to work with the incoming U.S government for the good of both nations”.

Senator Ekweremadu also enjoined emerging democracies, including Nigeria, to emulate the democratic and transparent nature of the U.S election, noting that the will of the people and respect for democratic principles must be allowed at all times.

“We have many lessons to learn from the American presidential election. It was highly democratic, transparent, peaceful, and free of intimidation, willful manipulations, contrived security scares; and it was absolutely conclusive, even though the ruling party was losing, and eventually lost”, Ekweremadu stressed.

Saraki in his message said: “On this day, I wish to extend my sincerest congratulatory remarks to U.S. President-Elect Donald J. Trump, on his remarkable victory in yesterday’s national election in the United States.

“Mr. Trump persevered through a very challenging Republican primary election cycle, where he defeated sixteen (16) professional and well-organized candidates. While many career politicians tried to write off Mr. Trump’s candidacy as a long shot, he stuck to his positions and controlled the daily media messaging like no other candidate in the history of American Presidential campaigns.

“Additionally, I must commend Mr. Trump for his gracious and courteous acceptance of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s phone call to concede the election. He recognizes that Secretary Clinton ran a courageous contest and was perhaps the most qualified candidate for President in decades. Having worked with Mrs. Clinton as a champion of the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, I can personally attest to her hard work and dedication to the less fortunate in our society. Secretary Clinton would have been a tremendous leader and we will all miss her dedication and commitment to public service.

“I look forward to working with President-Elect Trump to continue the strong U.S.-Nigeria relationship and to address our mutual interest in defeating global terror networks, rooting out corruption and strengthening the institutions of governance.

“Mr. Trump’s years of being a private sector leader can be invaluable to Nigeria as we work to restructure and diversify our economy. It is important for the private sector here to have a larger role in expanding our economic base, creating jobs and fostering entrepreneurship. In these areas, I am sure he will be able to serve as a strong partner.

“In closing, it is my hope and prayer that the United States can move beyond this election and heal the divisions that divide that great nation. Mr. Trump has an opportunity to be a unifying force and I believe his humble acceptance speech was a great beginning.?”

Just In: Putin congratulates Donald Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday became the first world leader to congratulate President-elect of the United States Donald Trump.


According to a statement from the Kremlin, Putin “expressed hope for mutual work on bringing US-Russia relations out of their critical condition” and said that “building constructive dialogue” would be in the interest of both countries and the world community.

US Election 2016: Full text of Donald Trump’s victory speech

Below is a transcript of Donald Trump’s speech in full as obtained from Vox:
Thank you. Thank you very much, everyone. Sorry to keep you waiting. Complicated business, complicated. Thank you very much.
I’ve just received a call from secretary Clinton. She congratulated us. It’s about us. On our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign.
I mean she fought very hard. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.
I mean that very sincerely. Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, have to get together, to all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.
It is time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country. As I’ve said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family.
It is a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs, who want and expect our government to serve the people, and serve the people it will.
Working together we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. I’ve spent my entire life in business, looking at the untapped potential in projects and in people all over the world.
That is now what I want to do for our country. Tremendous potential. I’ve gotten to know our country so well. Tremendous potential. It is going to be a beautiful thing. Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none, and we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it. We will also finally take care of our great veterans who have been so loyal, and I’ve gotten to know so many over this 18-month journey.
The time I’ve spent with them during this campaign has been among my greatest honors.
Our veterans are incredible people. We will embark upon a project of national growth and renewal. I will harness the creative talents of our people and we will call upon the best and brightest to leverage their tremendous talent for the benefit of all. It is going to happen. We have a great economic plan. We will double our growth and have the strongest economy anywhere in the world. At the same time we will get along with all other nations, willing to get along with us. We will be. We will have great relationships. We expect to have great, great relationships. No dream is too big, no challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.
America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our country’s destiny and dream big and bold and daring. We have to do that. We’re going to dream of things for our country, and beautiful things and successful things once again.
I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone.
All people and all other nations. We will seek common ground, not hostility, partnership, not conflict. And now I would like to take this moment to thank some of the people who really helped me with this, what they are calling tonight a very, very historic victory.
First I want to thank my parents, who I know are looking down on me right now. Great people. I’ve learned so much from them. They were wonderful in every regard. I are truly great parents. I also want to thank my sisters, Marianne and Elizabeth who are here with us tonight. Where are they? They’re here someplace. They’re very shy actually.
And my brother Robert, my great friend. Where is Robert? Where is Robert?
My brother Robert, and they should be on this stage but that’s okay. They’re great.
And also my late brother Fred, great guy. Fantastic guy. Fantastic family. I was very lucky.
Great brothers, sisters, great, unbelievable parents. To Melania and Don and Ivanka and Eric and Tiffany and Barron, I love you and I thank you, and especially for putting up with all of those hours. This was tough.

South Korean President Denies Following Cult As Scandal Continues

The South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, has publicly denied falling victim to a religious cult as scandal threatens to engulf her leadership.

Appearing close to tears in a televised address, she apologised for allowing a long-standing friend inappropriate access to government policy-making.

She agreed to be questioned over the scandal but did not offer to resign.

Choi Soon-sil is suspected of using their friendship to solicit donations to a non-profit fund she controlled.

Ms Choi is in detention facing charges of fraud and abuse of power.

 The main opposition party said the president’s apology lacked sincerity and it called on Ms Park to step back from state affairs.

Scuffles broke out between police and demonstrators demanding Ms Park’s resignation in central Seoul on Friday.

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Trump ‘uniquely unqualified’ to be president – Obama

Barack Obama has claimed Donald Trump is “uniquely unqualified” to be president as he launched a stinging attack on the Republican candidate.

Mr Obama claimed the billionaire businessman was “temperamentally unfit to be commander-in-chief” and has “never shown regard for working people”.

He made the claims as he spoke at rally in Florida in support of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Mr Obama said Mr Trump, who has never held political office, has admitted he has not paid federal income tax for years and so was not helping to support troops or build roads.

“He’s not putting anything in, he’s taking a lot out,” he said.

He told the rally that Mr Trump “spent a lot of time with celebrities, hanging out with really wealthy folk and has never shown regard for working folks”.

“You don’t see him hanging out with working people, unless they are cleaning his room or mowing the fairways at his golf club,” he said.

“He has spent his life without ever showing any regard for working folks.

“But he has insulted minorities, immigrants, Muslims, and Americans with disabilities”, the president added, pointing out that “Our diversity is our strength”.

He also referred to the sexual harassment claims made against the Republican candidate and how he “calls women pigs”.

Mr Obama urged Clinton supporters at the get-out-the-vote rally in Miami to take advantage of the opportunity they have to vote early, before Election Day on Tuesday.

“PMB Didn’t Kidnap Chibok Girls, Stop Coming To Aso Rock” – Presidential Aide

Presidential Adviser on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, has stated, in clear terms, that the Bring Back Our Girls Group, BBOG, group would never again be allowed into the presidential villa again to protest.

The BBOG advocacy, last week, gave President Muhammadu Buhari some tips on how to go about rescuing the captive Chibok Girls abducted since April 14, 2014 by Boko Haram.

Ojudu, yesterday, said the group was making the protest look like President Buhari look like he detained the Chibok girls.

Ojudu stated that: “Since the President came to power, he has met with them thrice. And it is looking like look, you are making this thing appear as if I am the one detaining those girls. I am not detaining them. You are only going to protest to me if I am the one detaining them.

“If you allow the BBOG to go into the villa everyday to carry out their campaign, what time would the President have to do his work?

“Will that not be calling for disorder? In UK, anyone who has something to say goes to Trafalgar Square. The media will meet you there. They don’t enter into 10, Downing Street.

“So, if the BBOG can restrict its campaign to the Unity Square, no body will stop them. But to say that everyday you want to go to the bedroom in the office of the President, that for me is bad,” Ojudu said.

A rights group, SERAP, recently appealed to the United Nations to stop authorities from harassing the BBOG campaigners for legitimately demanding for the freedom of the Chibok Girl from Boko Haram.

Plagiarism does less national harm than corruption and stealing – Adegbenga

Plagiarism is the “wrongful appropriation” and “stealing and publication” of another author’s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions” and the representation of them as one’s own original work. The idea remains problematic with unclear definitions and unclear rules.

PLAGIARISM IS NOT IN ITSELF A CRIME, but can constitute copyright infringement. In academia and industry, it is a serious ethical offense. Plagiarism and copyright infringement overlap to a considerable extent, but they are not equivalent concepts, and many types of plagiarism do not constitute copyright infringement, which is defined by copyright law and may be adjudicated by courts. PLAGIARISM IS NOT DEFINED OR PUNISHED BY LAW, but rather by institutions (including professional associations, educational institutions, and commercial entities, such as publishing companies).

Although plagiarism in some contexts is considered theft or stealing, THE CONCEPT DOES NOT EXIST IN A LEGAL SENSE, although the use of someone else’s work in order to gain academic credit may meet some legal definitions of fraud. “PLAGIARISM” SPECIFICALLY IS NOT MENTIONED IN ANY CURRENT STATUTE, EITHER CRIMINAL OR CIVIL. Some cases may be treated as unfair competition or a violation of the doctrine of moral rights. The increased availability of intellectual property due to a rise in technology has furthered the debate as to whether copyright offences are criminal. In short, people are asked to use the guideline, “if you did not write it yourself, you must give credit”.

PLAGIARISM IS NOT THE SAME AS COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT. While both terms may apply to a particular act, THEY ARE DIFFERENT CONCEPTS, and false claims of authorship may constitute plagiarism regardless of whether the material is protected by copyright. Copyright infringement is a violation of the rights of a copyright holder, when material whose use is restricted by copyright is used without consent. Plagiarism, in contrast, is concerned with the unearned increment to the plagiarizing author’s reputation, or the obtaining of academic credit, that is achieved through false claims of authorship. Thus, plagiarism is considered a moral offense against the plagiarist’s audience. _(__Wikipedia__)_

I was surprised when the media was eroded with headlines such as “Change Begins with Me Campaign Suffered A Setback” due to Plagiarism.

Speeches of men that changed the face of the World need no reference when being used. Obama fall within this group by virtue of being the only Blackman to have presided over the affairs of United States.

You need no reference when quoting people like Aristotle, Zeus, Socrates e.t.c. The World already knows their speeches are free for all.

It took President Buhari’s Speech Writer’s ignorance to admit guilt on this. Most proverbs being used freely today belong to the Chinese; most people don’t even know and still use them like it’s theirs.

I am very sure that Barak Obama has quoted speeches from Shakespeare, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln e.t.c which his Speech Writer must have written them without citing them; yet Americans has not called for the head of Obama the ways Nigerians are calling for the head of President Buhari.
Though not acceptable by any Standard, plagiarism does less National harm than corruption and stealing which has faced the country under the past administration.

It will be recalled that President Buhari on September 8 launched the ‘reorientation’ campaign in Abuja as part of his government’s strategy to make Nigerians eschew “dishonesty, indolence, unbridled corruption and widespread impunity” and embrace daily introspection over their “immoral” conducts, so I am not surprised at the condemnation; using Plagiarism as an excuse.

I am also aware that some corrupt elements that are not comfortable with the ‘Change Begins with Me’ Campaign had used one Akin Fadeyi, creator of ‘Not In My Country’ to accused the Buhari administration of stealing his concept.

The corrupt elements claimed that Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed adapt Mr. Fadeyi’s ‘Not In My Country,’ for ‘Change Begins with Me’ campaign but Lai Mohammed has denied the allegations, saying he started ‘Change Begins with Me’ before he was appointed Minister by the Buhari’s administration.

I know that the ‘Change Begins with Me’ campaign had earned President Buhari denigration from those who are used to corrupt practices but the Federal Government must make the campaign necessary so as to rally all Nigerians to clean the country of corruption and other discontent tormenting it.
Just like President Buhari has urged Nigerians to look beyond this incident and focus on the message of change which the country needs in order to restore our cherished value systems, I stand with President Buhari on the objectives of the ‘Change Begins with Me’.

God bless Nigeria.

– Adegbenga, a Freelance Journalist.

7 Ex-Convicts who became Heads of State.

While it easily can be argued that they are all not saints, the sacrifice made by these people has to be respected. These modern-day Josephs, driven by love for their country or ambitions, risked their lives to secure a better future for their people.

Here are seven presidents who rose from prisoners to becoming the leaders of their nations.

1. Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi [India]

7 ex-convicts who became heads of state


The first and only female Prime Minister of India, Indira was the daughter of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. She first served as Prime Minister from 1966 to 1977, before losing her seat to the Janata alliance.

She later won a bye-election in 1978 but was arrested along with her son Sanjay Gandhi by the Janata government on some trumped up charges but was released after the collapse of  the Janata coalition.

In 1980, Indira Gandhi once again became Prime Minister but was assassinated by her bodyguards in 1984 for ordering the storming of the Harmandir Sahib as a countermeasure to the Punjab insurgency.

2. Fidel Castro [Cuba]

7 ex-convicts who became heads of state


The son of  his father’s maid, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz and his brother Raul were captured and sentenced to 15 years in prison, after their group “The Movement” staged a failed attack on the Moncada barracks on July 26, 1953.

Released in 1955 they traveled to Mexico, where they met Ernesto “Che” Guevara who helped them mount a series of successful military campaigns, that eventually led to the collapse of General Fulgencio Batista’s government in January 1959.

Manuel Urrutia was then installed as president while José Miró Cardona became  prime minister. But after just a month Miro resigned, and Castro was sworn in as prime minister at the age of 32.

3. Dilma Vana [Brazil]

7 ex-convicts who became heads of state

Daughter of a Bulgarian immigrant, Dilma Rousseff joined various guerilla groups which fought against the dictatorship in 1964 before she was captured, tortured, and locked up between 1970 and 1972.

The Mensalao corruption scandal in 2005, saw her become the Chief of Staff of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and in March 2010 she resigned to run for president.

Dilma Rousseff became Brazil’s first female president in 2010 and was re-elected again in 2014, but was suspended by the senate for six months on 12 May 2016, before she was finally impeached on 31 August 2016.

4. Kim Dae Jung [South Korea]

7 ex-convicts who became heads of state

Referred to as the “Nelson Mandela” of Asia, Kim Dae-Jung was arrested in 1980 and sentenced to death. But the intervention of the United States and the Pope John II, saw his sentence changed to 20 years in prison, then to an exile in the US.

In 1985, Kim returned to South Korea and was once again put under house arrest, before losing the first transparent elections held in a long time by dictator Chun Doo-hwan after succumbing to pressure.

Finally, after trying four times, Kim Dae-Jung defeated Lee Hoi-Chang and was sworn in as the eighth President of South Korea on 25 February 1998.

5. Nelson Mandela [South Africa]

7 ex-convicts who became heads of state

A lawyer by profession Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela joined the ANC in the late 1940s, co-founded its Youth League and before being appointed President of the ANC’s Transvaal branch.

He was sentenced to life in prison in 1962 for conspiring against the state after his militant group Umkhonto we Sizwe, launched a sabotage campaign against the government but was freed in 1990 after serving 27 years.

In 1994 Mandela became the first black President of South Africa after winning a multiracial general election. A true statesman, he only served one term before handing over the reins to Thabo Mbeki.

6. Patrice Lumumba [Congo]

7 ex-convicts who became heads of state

Hailed by Malcolm X as the most impressive black man to ever walk the African continent, Patrice Lumumba was handed a 69-month sentence in 1959 for his anti-colonial fight but was released after serving only nine months and became the Prime Minister at the young age of 34.

He only lasted three months as Prime Minister before being ousted in a military coup fronted by Mobutu Sese Seko but orchestrated by the US, England, and Belgium their former colonial lords.

Lumumba’s believed to have been shot multiple times, before his body was dissolved in acid, by the Belgian military in a bid to cover a full-scale investigation. Belgium later apologised in 2002 for its role in his death.

7. Olusegun Obasanjo [Nigeria]

7 ex-convicts who became heads of state

Credited with bringing the civil war to an end, Olusegun Obasanjo first became the President of Nigeria after the death of Murtala Mohammed in the failed Dimka coup.

In 1995, Obasanjo an outspoken critic of the Abacha regime was arrested on trumped up charges of plotting a coup but was released after the sudden death of Abacha in June 1998.

After his release, Olusegun Obasanjo contested for and won the presidential elections held in 1999, under the Peoples Democratic Party and also won a second term in 2003.

Obama Arrives In China For Final Visit As President

US President Barack Obama arrived in China on Saturday for his final visit as president, intent on cementing the “pivot” to Asia undertaken during his administration.

Obama was welcomed by an honour guard as Air Force One landed in the eastern city of Hangzhou, which is hosting the G20 summit of global economic powers.

But there was also tension on the tarmac, with angry words exchanged when a Chinese official remonstrated with National Security Advisor Susan Rice about where she could stand.

Hangzhou is under ultra-tight security, with a quarter of its residents encouraged to leave and potential troublemakers detained as the ruling Communist Party takes every measure to prevent any possible wrinkles.

Later Saturday Obama will hold private talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the city’s picturesque West Lake, dotted with islands and a favoured subject for Chinese artists.

The meeting is expected to focus on the fight against global warming, after China on Saturday ratified the Paris climate accord and with the US tipped to follow suit, taking the pact a giant step forward.

Tackling climate change has become a bright spot in often difficult relations between the two powers.

But Xi and Obama will also discuss tensions in the South China Sea, where Beijing’s territorial claims, and its construction of artificial islands in disputed waters, have set the region on edge.

On Sunday Obama is to hold talks with Theresa May for the first time since she became British prime minister in the wake of the landmark vote to leave the European Union.

Syria will shift into focus when Obama meets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the summit.

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Trump To Visit Mexico Wednesday, Meet Its President

Donald Trump announced he would travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet its president, just hours ahead of giving a much-anticipated speech in Arizona on immigration.

The Republican presidential nominee’s surprise trip south of the border comes as debate about his hardline immigration policies is reaching fever pitch.

Although his visit holds potential political peril, Trump could seize control of the campaign narrative at a crucial time, showing a willingness to engage diplomatically on a sensitive issue at the heart of his campaign.

“I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow,” Trump posted on Twitter Tuesday.

Mexico’s presidential office confirmed the visit, posting its own tweet in Spanish to say the billionaire New York real estate tycoon “has accepted the invitation and will meet tomorrow privately with the President @EPN.”

Pena Nieto’s office said in a statement that he had sent invitations to Trump as well as his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Her campaign has announced no plans for a visit, with an aide on Tuesday saying Clinton “looks forward to talking with President Pena Nieto again at the appropriate time.”

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US Presidential Aspirant, Donald Trump Spotted Naked, In New York.

Donald Trump, the Republican candidate has been a controversial figure ever since he announced his intention to run for office. 

His many outbursts which have offended just about every race in the known universe have made him much maligned and disliked figure in the American community.

This is not to say he is not without his supporters, but even those are dwindling as he lost the support of major republicans who labelled him as ‘Reckless’.


Now, a life-size, flesh-coloured statue of a completely naked Donald Trump popped up at Union Square in downtown Manhattan but has since been removed by New York authorities.


To make things worse, he was crafted without balls which made it all the more amusing.


The statue is the work of a group of artists known as Indecline, and it was their way of protesting against the Republican nominee. in the middle of a heavily crowded area were aiming to protest the attitudes and statements of the Republican candidate, EFE news reported.


It was in a crowded area and it stood there for over 2 hours with tourists and other people taking pictures of it and generally laughing at the spectacle.


It was finally removed by personnel from the city’s Parks Department who said in a communique that it is illegal to display artwork in public without the proper permits.

The group, Indecline, carried out similar protests against Trump in Seattle, Cleveland, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
In a statement they said, “Unlike the statues, it’s our hope that Donald Trump, our modern-day Emperor of Fascism and Bigotry is never installed in the most powerful political and military position in the world. These fleeting installations represent this fleeting nightmare, and in the fall, it is our wish to look back and laugh at Donald Trump’s failed and delusional quest to obtain the presidency,”
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Rot Of The Past, Not Totally Jonathan’s Fault – Akiolu

The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, said on Monday that President Muhammadu Buhari needs to change his leadership style and listen more to advise as he is not a military ruler.


The monarch was also not convinced about the measures being taken by the government to tackle the decay in the country.


All of us just have to support the president and I advise him to know that he is no more a military man. I am not afraid to say that. On the measures they are taking to tackle the rot of the past, honestly, whether they like it or not, it was not totally the fault of Jonathan,” said Akiolu in a speech at opening of SunTrust Bank Limited in Lagos.


Akiolu described the former president Goodluck Jonathan as his personal friend.


All that happened was not totally his fault. But it is not too late to make amend. With Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as head of economic team, with people like Mrs. Nike Akande as the President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and others, they (the federal government) should listen to advice from people in commercial sector of the economy,” he said.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega Names His Wife As Running Mate

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has named his wife as his running mate and candidate for vice-president as he seeks re-election for a third term.

First Lady Rosario Murillo already has a prominent role as the chief government spokeswoman and is widely seen as sharing power with her husband.

She appears on Nicaraguan television almost every day.

Critics accuse the first couple of running Nicaragua – which has elections in November – like a personal fiefdom.

While President Ortega rarely speaks to the media, his wife is regularly seen on TV discussing policy and promoting her own brand of New Age spirituality.

Supporters of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in Managua (19 July 2016)Image copyrightAFP
Image captionThe president and his wife a re passionately supported by member of their Sandinista party

Mother of the president’s seven children, she is fluent in English and French in addition to being a renowned poet.

She also has a reputation for wearing colourfully extravagant outfits and jewellery more commonly seen in the hippy 1960s.

Correspondents say many Nicaraguans see Ms Murillo as wielding the most power in her country because of her higher public profile.

Husband and wife officially submitted their candidacy papers in the capital Managua, accompanied by the legal adviser of their Sandinista party.

Hundreds of Sandinista supporters cheered the couple when they left the building.

But opposition supporters are concerned her promotion may herald the rise of a new family dynasty in the impoverished Central American nation.

Mr Ortega, 70, is a former left-wing guerrilla who formed part of the government junta following the Sandinista revolution against the dictatorship of the Somoza family, which ruled Nicaragua for four decades.

The Cuban-inspired Sandinistas seized power in 1979.

The party lost elections in the 1990s, but Mr Ortega returned to power in January 2007, after a successful election campaign.

Olumba Olumba Prophesies Period Of Buhari’s Reign As President

The Spiritual Leader of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, Olumba Olumba Obu, has prophesied that President Buhari will rule Nigeria for eight years (two terms).

The prediction was made in Calabar, Cross River State capital during an international youth event held recently, themed: ‘Respecting Authorities and Higher Powers.’

The renowned Prophet also forecasted that assassination attempts will be made on Buhari by his enemies but he would survive.

“For now, which leader in Nigeria would people be afraid of, to the extent of coming up by themselves to return stolen money?” The Prophet said.

“I can assure that despite the millions of money people are spending, including going diabolical, to kill the president, they will not succeed and he will not be harmed. He will certainly complete his eight years in office.

“Buhari has a special task to accomplish in Nigeria at these times,” Obu prophesied.

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Full Text Of National Broadcast By President Muhammadu Buhari On Democracy Day

My compatriots,

It is one year today since our administration came into office. It has been a year of triumph, consolidation, pains and achievements. By age, instinct and experience, my preference is to look forward, to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead and rededicate the administration to the task of fixing Nigeria. But I believe we can also learn from the obstacles we have overcome and the progress we made thus far, to help strengthen the plans that we have in place to put Nigeria back on the path of progress.
We affirm our belief in democracy as the form of government that best assures the active participation and actual benefit of the people. Despite the many years of hardship and disappointment the people of this nation have proved inherently good, industrious tolerant, patient and generous.

The past years have witnessed huge flows of oil revenues. From 2010 average oil prices were $100 per barrel. But economic and security conditions were deteriorating. We campaigned and won the election on the platform of restoring security, tackling corruption and restructuring the economy. On our arrival, the oil price had collapsed to as low as $30 per barrel and we found nothing had been kept for the rainy day. Oil prices have been declining since 2014 but due to the neglect of the past, the country was not equipped to halt the economy from declining.

The infrastructure, notably rail, power, roads were in a decrepit state. All the four refineries were in a state of disrepair, the pipelines and depots neglected.

Huge debts owed to contractors and suppliers had accumulated. Twenty-seven states could not pay salaries for months. In the north-east, Boko Haram had captured 14 local governments, driven the local authorities out, hoisted their flags. Elsewhere, insecurity was palpable; corruption and impunity were the order of the day. In short, we inherited a state near collapse.

On the economic front, all oil dependent countries, Nigeria included, have been struggling since the drop in prices. Many oil rich states have had to take tough decisions similar to what we are doing. The world, Nigeria included has been dealing with the effects of three significant and simultaneous global shocks starting in 2014:

A 70% drop in oil prices.
Global growth slowdown.
Normalization of monetary policy by the United States federal reserve.

Our problems as a government are like that of a farmer who in a good season harvests ten bags of produce. The proceeds enable him to get by for rest of the year. However, this year he could only manage 3 bags from his farm. He must now think of other ways to make ends meet.

From day one, we purposely set out to correct our condition, to change Nigeria. We reinforced and galvanized our armed forces with new leadership and resources. We marshaled our neighbours in a joint task force to tackle and defeat Boko Haram. By the end of December 2015, all but pockets and remnants had been routed by our gallant armed forces. Our immediate focus is for a gradual and safe return of internally displaced persons in safety and dignity and for the resumption of normalcy in the lives of people living in these areas.

EFCC was given the freedom to pursue corrupt officials and the judiciary was alerted on what Nigerians expect of them in the fight against corruption. On the economy, in particular foreign exchange and fuel shortages, our plan is to save foreign exchange by fast tracking repair of the refineries and producing most of our fuel requirements at home. And by growing more food in Nigeria, mainly rice, wheat and sugar we will save billions of dollars in foreign exchange and drastically reduce our food import bill.

We resolved to keep the Naira steady, as in the past, devaluation had done dreadful harm to the Nigerian economy. Furthermore, I supported the monetary authority’s decision to ensure alignment between monetary policy and fiscal policy. We shall keep a close look on how the recent measures affect the Naira and the economy. But we cannot get away from the fact that a strong currency is predicated on a strong economy. And a strong economy pre-supposes an industrial productive base and a steady export market. The measures we must take, may lead to hardships. The problems Nigerians have faced over the last year have been many and varied. But the real challenge for this government has been reconstructing the spine of the Nigerian state. The last twelve months have been spent collaborating with all arms of government to revive our institutions so that they are more efficient and fit for purpose:

That means a bureaucracy better able to develop and deliver policy

That means an independent judiciary, above suspicion and able to defend citizen’s rights and dispense justice equitably.
That means a legislature that actually legislates effectively and
Above all; that means political parties and politicians committed to serving the Nigerian people rather than themselves.

These are the pillars of the state on which democracy can take root and thrive. But only if they are strong and incorruptible. Accordingly, we are working very hard to introduce some vital structural reforms in the way we conduct government business and lay a solid foundation on which we can build enduring change.

An important first step has been to get our housekeeping right. So we have reduced the extravagant spending of the past. We started boldly with the treasury single account, stopping the leakages in public expenditure.

We then identified forty-three thousand ghost workers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information system. That represents pay packets totalling N4.2 billion stolen every month.  In addition, we will save Twenty-Three Billion  Naira per annum from official travelling and sitting allowances alone.

Furthermore, the efficiency unit will cut costs and eliminate duplications in ministries and departments. Every little saving helps. The reduction in the number of ministries and work on restructuring and rationalization of the MDAs is well underway. When this work is complete we will have a leaner, more efficient public service that is fit for the purpose of changing nigeria for the good and for good.

As well as making savings, we have changed the way public money is spent. In all my years as a public servant, I have never come across the practice of padding budgets. I am glad to tell you now we not only have a budget, but more importantly, we have a budget process that is more transparent, more inclusive and more closely tied to our development priorities than in the recent past. 30% of the expenditure in this budget is devoted to capital items. Furthermore, we are projecting non-oil revenues to surpass proceeds from oil. Some critics have described the budget exercise as clumsy. Perhaps. But it was an example of consensus building, which is integral to democratic government. In the end we resolved our differences.

We have, therefore, delivered significant milestones on security, corruption and the economy. In respect of the economy, I would like to directly address you on the very painful but inevitable decisions we had to make in the last few weeks specifically on the pump price of fuel and the more flexible exchange rate policy announced by the central bank. It is even more painful for me that a major producer of crude oil with four refineries that once exported refined products is today having to import all of its domestic needs. This is what corruption and mismanagement has done to us and that is why we must fight these ills.

As part of the foundation of the new economy we have had to reform how fuel prices had traditionally been fixed. This step was taken only after protracted consideration of its pros and cons. After comprehensive investigation my advisers and I concluded that the mechanism was unsustainable.

We are also engaged in making recoveries of stolen assets some of which are in different jurisdictions. The processes of recovery can be tedious and time consuming, but today I can confirm that thus far: significant amount of assets have been recovered. A considerable portion of these are at different stages of recovery. Full details of the status and categories of the assets will now be published by the Ministry of Information and updated periodically. When forfeiture formalities are completed these monies will be credited to the treasury and be openly and transparently used in funding developmental projects and the public will be informed.

On the Niger Delta, we are committed to implementing the United Nations Environment Programme report and are advancing clean-up operations. I believe the way forward is to take a sustainable approach to address the issues that affect the delta communities. Re-engineering the amnesty programmes is an example of this. The recent spate of attacks by militants disrupting oil and power installations will not distract us from engaging leaders in the region in addressing Niger Delta problems. If the militants and vandals are testing our resolve, they are much mistaken. We shall apprehend the perpetrators and their sponsors and bring them to justice.

The policy measures and actions taken so far are not to be seen as some experiment in governance. We are fully aware that those vested interests who have held Nigeria back for so long will not give up without a fight. They will sow divisions, sponsor vile press criticisms at home and abroad, incite the public in an effort to create chaos rather than relinquish the vice-like grip they have held on Nigeria.

The economic misfortune we are experiencing in the shape of very low oil prices has provided us with an opportunity to restructure our economy and diversify. We are in the process of promoting agriculture, livestocks, exploiting our solid mineral resources and expanding our industrial and manufacturing base. That way, we will import less and make the social investments necessary to allow us to produce a large and skilled workforce.

Central Bank of Nigeria will offer more fiscal incentives for business that prove capable of manufacturing products that are internationally competitive. We remain committed to reforming the regulatory framework, for investors by improving the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the first steps along the path of self-sufficiency in rice, wheat and sugar – big users of our scarce foreign exchange – have been taken. The Labour Intensive Farming Enterprise  will boost the economy and ensure inclusive growth in long neglected communities. Special intervention funds through the Bank of Agriculture will provide targeted support. Concerns remain about rising cost of foods such as maize, rice, millet, beans and gari. Farmers tell me that they are worried about the cost of fertilizers, pesticides and the absence of extension services. The federal and state governments are on the same page in tackling these hurdles in our efforts at increased food production and ultimately food security.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the increasing role that our women are playing in revitalizing the agricultural sector. Modern farming is still hard and heavy work and I salute our Nigerian women in sharing this burden. In this respect I am very pleased to announce that the government will shortly be launching the national women’s empowerment fund, which I have approved to provide N1.6 billion in micro-finance loans to women across the nation to assist in rehabilitating the economies of rural communities, particularly those impacted by the insurgency and conflict.

With respect to solid minerals, the minister has produced a roadmap where we will work closely with the world bank and major international investors to ensure through best practices and due diligence that we choose the right partners. Illegal mining remains a problem and we have set up a special security team to protect our assets. Special measures will be in place to protect miners in their work environment.

For too long, ours has been a society that neglects the poor and victimizes the weak. A society that promotes profit and growth over development and freedom. A society that fails to recognize that, to quote the distinguished economist Amartya Sen “ poverty is not just lack of money. It is not having the capability to realize one’s full potential as a human being.”

So, today, I am happy to formally  launch, by far the most ambitious social protection programme in our history. A programme that both seeks to start the process of lifting many from poverty, while at the same time creating the opportunity for people to fend for themselves. In this regard, Five Hundred Billion Naira has been appropriated in the 2016 budget for social intervention programmes in five key areas. We are committed to providing job creation opportunities for five hundred thousand teachers and one hundred thousand artisans across the nation. 5.5 million children are to be provided with nutritious meals through our school feeding programme to improve learning outcomes, as well as enrolment and completion rates. The conditional cash transfer scheme will provide financial support for up to one million vulnerable beneficiaries, and complement the enterprise programme – which will target up to one million market women; four hundred and sixty thousand artisans; and two hundred thousand agricultural workers, nationwide. Finally, through the education grant scheme, we will encourage students studying sciences, technology, engineering and maths, and lay a foundation for human capital development for the next generation

I would like to pay a special tribute to our gallant men and women of the armed forces who are in harm’s way so that the rest of us can live and go about our business in safety. Their work is almost done. The nation owes them a debt of gratitude.

Abroad, we want to assure our neighbours, friends and development partners that Nigeria is firmly committed to democratic principles. We are ready partners in combating terrorism, cyber crimes, control of communicable diseases and protection of the environment. Following on the Paris Agreement, COP 21, we are fully committed to halting and reversing desertification. Elsewhere, we will intensify efforts to tackle erosion, ocean surge, flooding and oil spillage which I referred to earlier by implementing the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report.

We are grateful to the international community notably France, the US, UK and China for their quick response in helping to tackle the recent Ebola outbreak in our sub-region. We also acknowledge the humanity shown by the Italian and German governments in the treatment of boat people, many fleeing from our sub-region because of lack of economic opportunity. We thank all our partners especially several countries in the EU.

We appreciate the valuable work that the UN agencies, particularly UNICEF, ICRC, the World Food Program have been doing. We must also appreciate the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, the Global Fund and Educate A Child of Qatar for the excellent work in our health, education and other sectors.

Fellow citizens let me end on a happy note. To the delight of all, two of the abducted Chibok girls have regained their freedom. During the last one year, not a single day passed without my agonizing about these girls. Our efforts have centred around negotiations to free them safely from their mindless captors. We are still pursuing that course. Their safety is of paramount concern to me and I am sure to most Nigerians. I am very worried about the conditions those still captured might be in. Today I re-affirm our commitment to rescuing our girls. We will never stop until we bring them home safely. As I said before, no girl should be put through the brutality of forced marriage and every Nigerian girl has the right to an education and a life choice.

I thank you and appeal to you to continue supporting the government’s efforts to fix Nigeria.

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Airport Attacks: ICAO President Meets Aviation Authorities

The President of International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO Dr Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu says the organisation has been engaging ministers of aviation globally in discussions in view of recent airport attacks to strengthen security across the globe.

Speaking in an interview with aviation reporters in Abuja after a dinner organized in his honour by the ministry of aviation, Dr Aliu said aviation security being a sensitive one, will not disclose the strategies to be implemented but he assured of collaborations with Nigeria in order to nip any threat in the bud as security was one of the critical issues in aviation.

According to the ICAO President, “Few months ago, I did send a team to do assessment in Nigeria and also in some neighbouring countries including Chad and Cameron”

Dr Aliu said ICAO was working very closely with the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria to transform the college to a regional training college of excellence as means of capacity building.

He said the level of infrastructural development and implementation has been encouraging.

On his challenges as the ICAO President,  Dr Aliu said one of the challenges was to see how to raise the level of implementation of ICAO standard of recommended international practices among member countries not withstanding their level of resources.

Dr Aliu declared that for Nigeria to be a hub, strong  indigenous carriers, developed and equipped airports to partner in order to make the country a hub.

He expressed the hope that with the determination of President Buhari to rid the nation of corruption that the country especially the aviation sector will bounce back as corruption has eaten deep into the system including the civil aviation in the country.

Aliu explained that with a professional as the minister of state for aviation, there was no doubt that the sector will be transformed soon especially by pulling ICAO resources together at the disposal of Nigeria to develop the aviation sector.

“We launched a campaign few years ago so that no country is left behind , the focus of which is to support our developing states, ICAO is an organization of 191 countries, some are very endowed and some are less endowed.  All the member states have to fulfill the same standard and recommended practices  there is no short cut . In doing that, we can not cover the whole 191 states, we have to work with regional offices. In Africa, Nigeria will be the number one candidate.”

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Angola’s President, In Power Since 1979, To Step Down In 2018

One of the continent’s longest-serving leaders Jose Eduardo dos Santos said he will step down in 2018.

Angolan President, Jose Santos said on Friday that he planned to step down in 2018 after being at the helm since 1979, making him one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.
“I took the decision to leave and end my political life in 2018,” Santos said.
According to the report, the country’s next election will be held in 2017. It quotes a speech he made to his MPLA party saying: “I took the decision to leave and end my political life in 2018.”


He came to power in 1979 – and is Africa’s second-longest serving head of state after Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang.


Buhari Can’t Dictate To N’ Assembly Over N4.6b Vehicles’ Vote- Senators

As the plan by members of the National Assembly to spend N4.6 billion on vehicles continues to generate a controversy, two senators have reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s position.

While the senator representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Delta North, Peter Nwaoboshi cautioned that the Senate should not by any means be mistaken as an appendage to the executive arm of government, his counterpart , Senator Abdullahi Adamu of  All Progressives Congress (APC) Nasarawa State has urged critics to quote Buhari accurately on his position on the matter.

Nwaoboshi, who was the PDP chairman in Delta, said so far as purchase of the cars was within the budget of the National Assembly, it was unreasonable for other arms of government to dictate or decide for them on how to go about it.

“Although the resident had said during the media chat where the issue came up, that he was not sure about the plan and has promised to look into the issue, in any case, the said vehicles are still within our budget and if that be so, he cannot dictate to us what to do with it.”

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Turkey Detains Teenager ‘For Insulting President On Facebook’

Turkish court has remanded in custody a 17-year-old construction worker on charges of “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Facebook.

It is the latest case in which youngsters have been hauled before the courts in Turkey on similar charges, as activists express growing alarm over the limits on freedom of expression under Erdogan.

The boy, identified as F E, was detained at his home in western Tekirdag province after someone called the police emergency line to complain about his Facebook posts.

The court in Tekirdag placed him in pre-trial detention. No other details were given on the content of the posts.

Critics say Erdogan has become increasingly authoritarian since becoming president in August 2014 after more than a decade as prime minister and the number of prosecutions for insulting him have risen.

Students, journalists and even a former Miss Turkey beauty queen have been targeted.

Last December, a 17-year-old was arrested in his classroom and held for several days on the same charge and given an 11-month suspended sentence.

In November, two of Turkey’s most prominent journalists — Cumhuriyet newspaper’s editor-in-chief Can Dundar and its Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gul – were arrested on spying charges in a case that has caused global concern.

Guess Who Might Run For President Because Of Donald Trump

Are you worried that the rise of Donald Trump’s white nationalism has not yet produced a viable politics of anti-fascism?

Fear no longer: If things get much worse, we can just count on Will Smith to save the day, just as he did in Independence Day, Men in Black, and Wild Wild West.

“If people keep saying all the crazy kinds of stuff they’ve been saying on the news lately about walls and Muslims, they’re going to force me into the political arena,” Smith told CBS Sunday Morning. But not for him is the slow, measured rise up the political ladder.

“I gotta be the president,” he says. “Come on, what else would I run for?” Smith’s announcement is bad news for Kanye West, who’d hoped that he would be the only celebrity allowed to half-jokingly run for president, but it’s great news for Jaden Smith, future White House philosopher-in-residence.

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President Demands Penalty Shootout For A Football Game After Watching It For Just 65 Minutes

Abdul Aziz decided he’d seen enough of the Super Cup match between Tafarrogh Zeina and Laskr and requested that the game be settled by a penalty shootout

We’ve all been there. Your team is heading for an inevitable stalemate but you’re obligated stick it out watch the full 90 minutes of drudgery unfold before your weary eyes… that is unless you’re the President of Mauritania.

Having seen 65 minutes of the Super Cup between Tafarrogh Zeina and Laksr, Mohamed Abdul Aziz, who only arrived at half-time, decided he’d seen enough and requested that the game, which was locked at 1-1, end there and then and be decided by a penalty shootout on account of his “busy” schedule.

Under significant pressure the match officials ceded to the President’s demands with Zeina Tafarrogh eventually winning the shootout, claiming glory and afterwards receiving the trophy from Abdul Aziz whose unique take on the laws of the game, if anything, is to be admired.

After the match the President said: “Finishing the game early did not break any laws – this game was a single entity and not related to any other competition. Football is famous for its flexibility, especially when all parties agree.”

Listen To American Presidential Candidate Ben Carson Become A Rap Lyricist On Campaign Ad

Ben Carson is feeling himself, and why wouldn’t he? He’s currently number one in the Republican presidential race. In fact, he’s feeling himself so much, he wrote a rap song about it.

In an effort to reach young voters who have been turning up at the polls in droves, Dr. Carson is using his rap “Freedom” promo to “inspire” people to vote for him in 2016.

From ABC News:


“Reaching them on a level they appreciate and follow and see if we can attract their consciousness about the election,” Carson campaign spokesman Doug Watts told ABC News. “They need to get involved and express their voice through their vote.”

“This happens to be a group that we feel pretty strongly is ready and prepared to start working for Ben Carson,” Watts said.

Carson spent $150,000 on the ad, which will be played for two weeks in the Atlanta, Birmingham, Detroit, Houston, Little Rock, Memphis, Jackson, and Miami urban radio markets. Listen below.

Listen to The Ben Carson Ad Here

Popular Comedian Wins Presidential Election In Quatemala

Basketmouth, get in here! This could be you! Lol. A popular TV comic actor and stand up comedian, Jimmy Morales, with no prior political experience. has been elected president of Guatemala.

The 46 year old won by a landslide yesterday Sunday October 25th by taking more than 72% of the vote. His biggest opponent was former Quatemala First Lady, Sandra Torres..

“As President, I received a mandate, and the mandate of the people of Guatemala is to fight against the corruption that is consuming us. God bless and thank you,” Morales said after he won.

An election was called for last month after the country’s former President Otto Pérez Molina stepped down in the face of a bribery scandal. Molina is now in a military prison. Now a comic actor is president. How neat!

Again, N’Assembly Seeks President’s Assent To Constitution Amendment Bill

In a bid to strengthen democracy and good governance in the polity, the National Assembly would soon resubmit portions of the fourth constitution amendment Bill to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, made this known yesterday when he received report of the 2015 elections European Union Observer Mission in Nigeria from the Chief Observer, Mr. Santiago Fisas, in his office.

Buhari’s predecessor, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan had withheld assent to the fourth constitution amendment bill on the basis that key provisions in the amendments did not meet the requirements of Section 9(3) of the 1999 Constitution.

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Guinea-Bissau President Names New Govt

Guinea-Bissau’s president has named a new cabinet in a bid to end a two-month political crisis that brought fears of a revival of drug trafficking and instability in the coup-prone West African country.

Reuters reported that the decree issued late on Monday came hours after talks between President Jose Mario Vaz and recently appointed prime minister Carlos Correia, the country’s third prime minister since August, collapsed.

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No Muslim Should Be US President – Ben Carson

Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson said Sunday no Muslim should be president of the United States, adding a new twist to a controversy roiling the party’s White House nominating race.

In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Carson, a retired brain surgeon who often refers to his own deep Christian faith, was asked whether a president’s religion should matter.

“I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the
constitution, no problem,” he said.

Asked whether he believes Islam is consistent with the US constitution, he responded: “No, I don’t. I do not.”

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,” he added

The issue abruptly surfaced in recent days when Republican front runner Donald Trump let pass unchallenged a questioner’s assertion that US President Barack Obama was a Muslim.

Trump later said he was not “morally obligated” to defend Obama against the man’s unfounded claim, but his handling of the incident drew fire from Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton, the White House and some Republican rivals of the billionaire real estate mogul.

Carson, who slipped to third among Republican presidential contenders in opinion polls Sunday after running second to Trump for weeks, said he believed Obama was born in the United States and is a Christian.

His remarks predictably sparked ire from Democrats.

Senator Bernie Sanders, a presidential hopeful, said on the campaign trail in New Hampshire that he was “disappointed” in Carson, who is black.

“It took us too long to overcome the prejudice against electing a Catholic or an African-American president. People should be elected to office based on their ideas, not their religion or the color of their skin,” Sanders said.

Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a congresswoman from Florida, said it was “hard to understand what’s so difficult about supporting an American citizen’s right to run for president.”

“Of course a Muslim, or any other American citizen, can run for president, end of story. To think otherwise is not only harmful to our political process, but it elevates and validates discrimination in this country,” she said, calling for an apology.

Angelina Jolie Visits Cambodia With Son She Adopted There

The Hollywood actress and UN ambassador visited Cambodia today …she’s seen above meeting Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at the country’s state house. Angelina met with Sen to discuss her latest project – a film about the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, which will feature her 14 year old son Maddox who she adopted from the country 13 years ago. More photos below…

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NDDC Management Meets Buhari Today Over Audit Report

As the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Bassey Dan Abia, and other top management of the commission meet with President Muhammadu Buhari today at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, concern has mounted that the team may either be sacked or an inter-agency panel set up to scrutinise the accounts of the commission.

The team comprising Abia; the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Dr. Henry Ogiri; Executive Director, Projects, Mr. Omatsuli Tuoyo; and other members of the governing board have two more years to complete their tenure, having been inaugurated in December 2013.

A source in the commission said that the audit report recently released by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation, may have heightened concerns among the members of the governing board and management who arrived Abuja last night.

The source said: “From all indications, the management of the commission may either be given the marching order because there are several petitions against it in respect of issues ranging from contract splitting and the rest, or a panel set up to probe the accounts of NDDC…”

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Former US President, Jimmy Carter Announces Cancer Has Spread To His Brain

Former President of the United States of America, Jimmy Carter announced today that doctors had found cancer on his brain and that he would begin radiation treatments later in the day.

During a news conference at the Carter Center, Mr. Carter, 90, said that he had four melanoma spots on his brain and that another cancerous mass had been removed from his liver during a procedure on Aug. 3. He had announced last week that he had cancer, but Thursday’s appearance was the first time that he publicly detailed his condition.

“I’m perfectly at ease with whatever comes,” Mr. Carter said. “I do have a deep religious faith, which I’m very grateful for.”

He acknowledged, however, immediate feelings that he “had just a few weeks left” when he first learned of the cancer on his brain.

Burundi President’s Chief Security Officer Assasinated

Gunmen wearing military uniforms shot dead a former Burundian security chief who was a close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza yesterday Sunday August 2nd. According to presidential spokesman, Willy Nyamitwe who confirmed the news, Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana (pictured) was assassinated yesterday in a car alongside three of his bodyguards in the Kamenge district in Bujumbura.

General Adolphe Nshimirimana was in charge of the president’s personal security at the time of his death. When a president refuses to step down…he brings war to his people!

Presidential spokesperson Nyamitwe said;

“I have lost a brother, a companion in the struggle. The sad reality is that General Adolphe Nshimirimana is no longer with this world,” he said in a message posted on Twitter.

Police and witnesses said the General’s pick-up was hit by two rockets and sprayed with automatic gunfire along with his driver and two others. General Adolphe was a close aide to President Pierre and was seen as the mastermind behind the crackdown on the protests as well as a key player in foiling the coup attempt.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the assassination, although the coup plotters have since regrouped and have launched a rebellion in the north of the country, and have also been linked to a string of grenade attacks in Bujumbura. There are fears that renewed conflict in the country could reignite ethnic Hutu-Tutsi violence and bring another humanitarian disaster to central Africa’s troubled Great Lakes region. The last civil war in Burundi, which ended in 2006, left at least 300,000 people dead.

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“You Can Get Someone A Job But Can’t Help Them Do It” – Obasanjo

While delivering a speech at the convocation ceremony of the Benson Idahosa University, Benin city today, former President Olusegun Obasanjo spoke on GEJ’s presidency.

“You can help someone get a job but you can’t help them do it” he said

He also said that anyone who voted for Jonathan is as guilty he is “If you voted for Jonathan, you’re just as guilty as he is for what has happened” he said

Obasanjo pictured above at the convocation with Laurie Idahosa, left and Bishop Margaret Idahosa.

Obama’s Grandmother To Cook For President On Kenya Trip

President Barack Obama’s Kenyan grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, vowed Friday to cook a traditional meal for her grandson when he visits the East African nation, the birthplace of his father, later this month.

“With regards to what food I will prepare for Barack on his visit, I will prepare all the traditional food available,” she said, speaking her Luo language through a translator on a visit to Nairobi.

She tempted him with the offer of dishes including fish, chicken and maize porridge.

“It does not matter whether Barack is a senator or a president,” she added. “He will have what I have prepared for him.”

Mama Sarah was the third wife of US president’s paternal grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, and lives in the small village of Kogelo in western Kenya which is home to a number of the president’s relatives.

She said she had asked him to travel to Kogelo “to pay respect to his father’s grave”, but it was not clear if Obama was scheduled to travel outside the capital Nairobi.

Obama’s late father was born in Kogelo and grew up there before travelling abroad to study, where he met Obama’s American mother in Hawaii.

Although Mama Sarah is not a blood relative, Obama calls her “granny” and has visited her in the past.

It will be Obama’s fourth visit to Africa since becoming US president, but his first to Kenya since taking office in 2009.

A presidential visit to Kenya had been put on ice while President Uhuru Kenyatta faced charges of crimes against humanity for his role in 2007-2008 post-election violence.

The International Criminal Court has since suspended that prosecution, citing a lack of evidence and Kenya’s failure to cooperate.

After Kenya, Obama then travels on to neighbouring Ethiopia, where he will become the first sitting American leader to visit. Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa also hosts the headquarters of the African Union, the 54-nation continental bloc.

Africa’s second most populous nation held a vote in May that was described by many independent observers as flawed.

Ethiopia and Kenya have both been on the frontline of the fight against Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-allied militia Shebab, and have been important security partners to Washington.

Credit: AFP

President Of Burundi Storms Polling Booth On A Bicycle

President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, was spotted today at a polling unit in his hometown of Ngozi on a bicycle to cast his vote at the nation’s parliamentary election. The highly controversial President who refused to halt his third term bid, stood in the queue with his supporters who came out in large numbers to show their support.

Opponents say the president’s bid to contest again breaks the constitution. But the government has pressed on with plans for both votes, amid the worst political crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005.

Mr Nkurunziza will contest presidential elections next month, rejecting calls to step down.

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Buhari’s Cabinet: President Meets Northern Power Brokers

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with key northern power brokers and close associates and loyalists over his proposed ministerial and Special Advisers (SAs)’ list.

The meeting with the northern leaders was to get their views on how to pick the best hands and brains that would help him run his administration. The meeting took place at Buhari’s private residence in Kaduna shortly after he returned from South Africa on Tuesday.

The meeting with the northern power brokers is coming on the heels of similar meetings with some former Presidents and Heads of State, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Buhari had equally consulted with prominent people in the southern region, including the former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu.

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Outcome Of Buhari’s Meeting With President Of Niger Republic

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Niamey, Niger, said he is confident that the Nigerian military will flush out Boko Haram.

Speaking with journalists after talks with President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger, President Buhari said the Nigerian Army remains a virile fighting force. “I am four days in office today and we have already started the process of ending the insurgency,” the president said. He said heads of the Nigeria Armed Forces and security agencies, in a five-hour meeting, informed him that operations against Boko Haram will be reviewed for better results.

The president said his visit to Niger was to seek more support from the country in bringing a quick end to activities of Boko Haram. President Buhari said he would hold similar meetings on security and the war against terrorism with the Chadian authorities after leaving Niamey on Thursday.


AfDB: Amosun Congratulates Adesina

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state, Southwest, Nigeria has congratulated former Minister of Agriculture, Akinwunmi Adesina on his election as the 8th President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The governor, who was sworn in on Friday as the governor of Ogun for the second term, described the success as not only a personal success to Adesina, but also to Nigeria as a country.

He also stated that the emergence of Adesina as the head of the bank is another of many feats of indigenes of Ogun state, where he hails from.

The governor expressed confidence in the new President of the AfDB, as a seasoned agricultural economist, to bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new position by using agriculture as a pivot to provide food security and create jobs for the army of unemployed youths on the continent.

“The appointment is well deserved, having served meritoriously in his capacity as Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria. He has made us proud in Ogun state as we have scored yet another first, being the first Nigerian to be so appointed.

“I have no doubt in my mind that he would bring his experience to bear in his new assignment. I wished him success in his new endeavor,” Amosun said.

I Belong to Everybody And I Belong To Nobody – President Buhari Said In Inauguration Speech

President of the federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has declared that he belong to everybody and belong to nobody.

The president said this during his inauguration speech after taking his oath of office at the Eagle Square in Abuja.

Buhari, who thanked millions of his supporters who believed in his cause as well those who tirelessly campaigned on the social media said there will be no paying off of old scores.

“A few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office, I shall go after them.
These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores. The past is prologue.”“As far as the constitution allows me, I will try to ensure that there is responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country. For I will not have kept my own trust with the Nigerian people if I allow others abuse theirs under my watch.”

Details of the full speech will be made available later

Muhammadu Buhari Sworn In As 7th Democratically Elected Head Of State Of Nigeria

Muhammadu Buhari has today at exactly 11:00am been sworn in as the 7th president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Buhari has officially taken over from the former president Goodluck Jonathan at the Eagles Square, Abuja. Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR was born 17 December 1942. He is a retired Major General in the Nigerian Army who was Head of State of Nigeria from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’état.

Patience Jonathan Fuelled My Conflict With President, PDP- Amaechi

The Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Sunday said his disagreement with President Goodluck Jonathan was fueled in part by the President’s wife, Dame Patience Jonathan.

He said this after the premiere of a documentary on Amaechi years at the Silver Bird Galleria, Abuja.

According to him, the President and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party would have taken him to the cleaners, if they had anything incriminating against him.

Amaechi said, “We had a disagreement in principle between me and the President. Have you seen a country where the Commissioner of Police is reporting to the wife of the President? It’s in Rivers State.

“Have you seen a country where the Brigade Commander or the Navy Commander or Air Force Commander is reporting to the wife of the President? It’s in Rivers State.”

He explained that he was convinced that such conduct would not help in the development of any nation, saying he took a stand against it.

Amaechi stressed that Nigeria must never again go back to such dark days, stressing that public officers should learn to lead by the rule so as to avoid abuse of office by their spouses.

He pointed out that it was the husband of Mrs. Jonathan, who was elected.

The governor revealed that in his own case, he ensured that his wife knew her limits and he always told her she had no right to call any of his commissioners for anything, because the people voted him into office as governor, not her.

Amaechi challenged anyone, who had doubts about his performance in office, to go to Rivers State and see for himself or herself.

He also said all he did in the state were not for self-glorification but to bequeath a legacy for successive administrations in the state to sustain.

The governor added that 90 per cent of the people, who worked with him, betrayed him.

He further showcased his achievements, spanning all sectors of the state, wondering why the Federal Government was desperate about casting his administration in bad light even when he spent N105bn doing federal roads.

Amaechi pointed out that he kept a proper account of his stewardship and the books were open for all to see.

This, he said, gave him the courage to sustain the struggle, expressing joy that history would vindicate him in the end.

In the documentary, which featured some of his projects in the areas of security, works, agriculture, works, education, transportation, health and social development, Amaechi said the documentary left out some projects he would love to see documented.

 Senator Magnus Abbe, who also featured in the documentary, explained how Amaechi pioneered the amnesty programmes through which unparalleled  insecurity in the state was drastically reduced.


History Will Not Favour Jonathan — Junaid Mohammed

Convener of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, in this interview with TOBI AWORINDE, evaluates the government of President Goodluck Jonathan
What do you think are the highlights of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration?
I believe, for most Nigerians, the highlight of Jonathan’s administration is the heightened terrorist activities in the country. Another is the enormous corruption, which, even by the standard of Nigeria, is unprecedented. There has never been any government in this country as corrupt, indolent and irresponsible as this government. Also, for a nation which has so many ethnic groups, religious differences, and identities, one was expecting a measure of inclusiveness. Unfortunately, Jonathan and his cabal are the most divisive set of people to have been at the top of an administration in this country.
Frankly speaking, I can’t think of anything I would regard as a positive highlight. Everything that I

can think of, which I consciously or otherwise associate with this President, is terribly negative. I hope I am not disappointing you, but I have nothing positive to say about the government.

Why is corruption believed to have thrived under Jonathan’s administration, despite the checks and balances that the constitution provides?
Checks and balances only work if they are being applied to control political will. It requires a measure of sincerity for him to use the checks and balances in order to tackle corruption. Clearly, the institutions are there. Clearly, most of the checks and balances are there. But as we see, the tragedy of Jonathan and his administration is that they have nothing but contempt for Nigerians and the institutions that make up Nigeria. So, he feels he can play with everybody’s intelligence. If you are caught involved in some malpractice and you happen to be one of his favoured people, he would say, ‘No, you are not corrupt; maybe you did a little bit of stealing.’
As you mentioned, there have been several allegations of marginalisation under Jonathan, especially by the South-West and the North. What is responsible for this?
There have been deliberate efforts to marginalise certain sections of the country. The background that somebody comes from, his culture and certain things that make him tick clearly influence whatever he does: good or bad. For example, I lived in Port Harcourt for four years as a federal commissioner. I noticed that within the same broad South-South zone, there are some people you can regard as conceited. They believe that apart from their village, settlement or creeks, there are no other people who live elsewhere. I suspect that is the same attitude Jonathan has; that apart from the Ijaws, there are no other human beings and that what is uppermost in his mind is that Ijaws must be gratified or favoured in everything. Where he cannot get Ijaws, he looks for other people from the South-South, or preferably from the Igbo. Therefore, if you come from that background, it is always safe. If you have no consideration for other people other than your own, it shows. I believe that it was a tragic mistake that we had to end up with this kind of character as a president because he is so unilateral in everything he does. I don’t see how that kind of person can successfully govern a country of almost 300 ethnic groups and do justice to all. He hasn’t done that; he has failed woefully and I am not surprised that he has. Don’t forget that he worked directly under me when I was at the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission. Therefore, I know a little bit about him even before he became the acting president.
Are you saying the South-South ganged up with the South-East to marginalise other regions in the country?
If you compare man for man, the South-West has more people that are better educated with university degrees than the entire South-South. But when you look at the protocol list of the top 20 officials in the country, from the President downwards, there is only one Yoruba man. I am not trying to incite any unnecessary fears, but if all the appointees were chosen based on merit and there was no qualified Yoruba person who could be in that group of 20, I am prepared to concede. But the fact of the matter is that for every one out of those 20, there are thousands of Yorubas who are qualified but were not appointed. If you don’t call that marginalisation, then I don’t know what it is. You can make an excuse that maybe northerners like me are not educated. That was what Edwin Clark said until he had to admit at the National Conference that he was mistaken and he had become aware that the governors were also educated.
The reality is that there was a deliberate machinery set in motion to alienate certain sections of the country; the entire North and the South-West were particularly singled out for marginalisation and, to a large extent, that succeeded. Look at the economy, for instance; it is headed by a woman who started her career as a geographer that was bundled up and shipped to Nigeria to be made Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy. The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria is an Igbo man. Within the CBN, there is an agency called the Assets Management Company of Nigeria. For the most part, it has been headed by Igbo men. The Nigeria Economic Summit Group is also headed by an Igbo man. The Securities and Exchange Commission, until two months ago, was headed by an Igbo woman. The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has been headed by an Igbo man.
If you look carefully, you will notice that the movers and shakers of the national economy are Igbos, and not because they are the best or the brightest, but simply because they could not find Ijaw people. Now that this so-called Coordinating Minister of the Economy has driven the economy into a ditch, we are being confronted with economic disaster for which every Nigerian, whether Igbo or non-Igbo will pay a price. We now have the highest level of unemployment in the history of this country, in addition to corruption.
Economic experts have repeatedly called for a diversification of the country’s economy. Do you think Jonathan’s government has done enough in the agricultural sector to reduce the country’s reliance on crude oil?
In all fairness, it takes a while to diversify the economy. Any talk of diversification of the national economy will have to focus on royalties or tangibles, as they say. How many people are employed in the oil sector today, compared to the number of people who are employed in the agricultural sector? Yes, oil contributes substantially to our earnings in foreign exchange. But in terms of gross domestic product, agriculture is still ahead of oil and it is the mainstay of the economy. I don’t know the latest, but when I was involved in the industry up to five years ago, I knew that the total number of people employed in the oil sector was not more than two to three million. And till now, over 60 per cent of employment in the makings of the national economy is based on agriculture. Whether we like it or not, it is agriculture that will have to be diversified for our economy to be called a diversified and balanced economy.
Secondly, it takes time to diversify any economy and when you look at oil on one hand and agriculture on the other, the two are miles apart. There is no connection between oil and agriculture. If anything, wherever you have oil exploration activity, it has the effect of destroying our soil and you cannot engage in agriculture without an enabling environment, in terms of land and water. For anyone to talk about diversification of a nation’s economy, he has to have a long-term view. It is not something a politician can do easily because if he gives himself a timeline, it would be a serious mistake. The process of diversification has many linkages and unless those linkages are understood, explored and are sincerely connected, there can be no diversification. This government has made a lot of noise about diversification of economy, but you don’t develop agriculture by making a noise about it.
What should Jonathan have done differently in tackling insecurity?
There is one word for it: merit. Since he came to office, every single key appointment in the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Nigerian security establishments like the State Security Service and the Police has been made on the basis of nepotism and corruption. For example, if you appoint an Inspector-General of Police for the purpose of manipulating elections, that is corruption. If you appoint Brigade Commanders, Battalion Commanders and General Officers Commanding, not on the basis of competence or professionalism, but on the basis of their ability to do their bidding and you then post them to areas where they will make money and perhaps, allow terrorists sponsored by the government to go scot-free, that is also corruption. If we had had the service chiefs we deserved, particularly in the Army, the situation of Boko Haram could have happened but certainly, it would not have risen to the ugly levels that we are witnessing. And I believe that if anybody is going to do anything about the security challenge, he is going to have to go back to the root of the problem.
How will Jonathan be remembered?
I don’t see him being favourably considered by history. But as far as I am concerned, he is already history. He will be remembered as the man who messed up security, the first president to be defeated in a reasonably free and fair election, and one whose government is the worst in terms of corruption.
Source: Punch

These Are The Candidates Who Want To Run The African Development Bank

The Q2 issue of African Banker magazine profiles the eight candidates vying for the African Development Bank Presidency.

In one-to-one sessions, prospective candidates of the continent’s premier multilateral financial institution shared their strategic visions, priorities and agendas for the Bank with the niche financial publication.

In an extensive dossier, the eight candidates indicate their suitability for this momentous job and the credentials required to lead Africa’s most prominent development institution.

There are 8 contenders vying for the Presidency, 5 of them currently serving as Ministers, one former Minister and a Development Banking specialist.

Akinwumi Adesina, Agriculture Minister, Nigeria
Akinwumi Adesina, Agriculture Minister, Nigeria

Akinwumi A. Adesina, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, feels his experience in transforming the agricultural sector in Nigeria, as well as his first experience working and operating in various African countries will keep him in good stead.

His vision is based on continuing decentralisation and increasing support for private initiatives.


Having overseen Ethiopia’s strong growth into one of Africa’s leading economies, Sufian Ahmed, the country’s Finance Minister believes the AfDB will be safe in his experienced hands.

Former Tunisian Finance Minister, Jaloul Ayed
Former Tunisian Finance Minister, Jaloul Ayed

The Former Finance Minister of Tunisia, Jaloul Ayed, asserts that his banking experience has allowed him to gain a clear understanding of Africa’s full potential. He calls for an AfDB that is closer to its markets.


Chad’s Minister of Finance and Budget, Kordjé Bedoumra, states that following his previous tenure at the AfDB, he has the experience and expertise to improve the operational efficiency of the Bank as well as shape its short and long term policies.

Cristina Duarte, Minister of Finance and Planning, Cabo Verde.
Cristina Duarte, Minister of Finance and Planning, Cabo Verde.

The only female candidate in the running is Cristina Duarte, Minister of Finance and Planning, Cabo Verde.

She says that whatever improvements need to be made, the AfDB can never forget its mission – that is to serve Africa and its people.

Samura M. W. Kamara, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Samura M. W. Kamara, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

With his broad experience in a number of financial institutions, Samura M. W. Kamara, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation believes that he is the right person to ensure the AfDB works for Africa.

Former AfDB Vice-President, Thomas Z. Sakala
Former AfDB Vice-President, Thomas Z. Sakala

Former AfDB vice president, Zimbabwe’s Thomas Z. Sakala, has plenty of experience working at the AfDB, and believes he is well suited to keep the Bank’s programmes and strategies on the right track.

Birama Boubacar Sidibé, Vice President of the Islamic Bank of Development
Birama Boubacar Sidibé, Vice President of the Islamic Bank of Development

Finally, Birama Boubacar Sidibé, the Malian Vice President of the Islamic Bank of Development says that with his wealth of experience in African development institutions, he intends to make the AfDB more efficient in its decentralised organisation and expand its business operations.

You can read the full interviews with this dynamic list of presidential candidates in the May issue of African Banker, available in newsstands.


Who Leaked The President’s Call To Buhari? Find Out More As Investigations Commence

President Goodluck Jonathan’s call on Tuesday March 31st, at 5.15 pm, to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), winner of last Saturday’s presidential polls on the platform of the All Progress Congress (APC), that has been leaked to the public is being investigated.

A Presidency source who pleaded anonymity while confirming the probe, said the action has caused the seat of power serious embarrassment.

The source who was seen listening to the conversation again with some colleagues, said ?the probe is to ascertain whether the recording was leaked from the Presidency or was made public from Buhari’s camp.

The source further disclosed that should it be confirmed that ?it was leaked from the Presidency, those found culpable will face appropriate punishment. “Definitely, unauthorised release of a raw recording of the President’s telephone conversation, if from our (Presidency’s) end is a security breach that cannot go without being investigated,” the source said.

Meanwhile, the first family have started moving their personal belongings out of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, following the failure of President Jonathan to win his re-election bid.

Credit: sunnewsonline

Davido Wants to be President Too

Skelewu crooner, Davido, is planning to rule Nigeria one day. The HKN Gang leading artiste Davido Adeleke shared his thoughts during MTV Base’s Choose or Lose Vox Pop.

Davido believes that Nigerian youths in positions of government will lead to provision of better roads, a cleaner environment and better structured cities. The pop star said that he is good enough to be president because of his personality.




Congratulations to President General Muhammad Buhari [Rtd]?

Permit me a space to congratulate General Muhammad Buhari GCFR [Rtd] – for going to win the APC primaries, and subsequently going to win the Presidential election in 2015. This is because, among all the contenders in the APC, there is no body that is as competent General Muhammad Buhari. This is talk less of the other parties including the ruling PDP. The congratulations is necessary in order for me to be among the first to congratulate him. This is because, I promised God, I also promised my self and Nigeria – to be truthful, loyal and honest. I promised not to be sectional bigot or tribal chauvinist. I promised to look for a good candidate to vote for and urge others to vote. I am a satirist. But I am not a Buhari narcissist, but a truth seeker.

Looking critically at the antecedent and history of all the Presidential aspirant, there is non of them close to Buhari for a mile. Buhari is far better then them in all aspects. Buhari was a one time minister of petroleum. But Buhari was the only former petroleum minister without an Oil well or a filing station. Buhari was a one time governor of the former deformed north east state. Yet he is not that filthy rich and extravagant. Buhari was above all, a former head of state for twenty months. Buhari has no estate, Buhari has no private airplane, Buhari has no billions of dollars saved in his account despite been a former military leader.

Nigerians shouldn’t make this mistake One more time. I am a muslim and a northerner, but that shouldn’t make you to judge me. You shouldn’t think I am supporting Buhari because of personal gain or region. I criticized late Yar’adua when he refused to resign when he was sick. I am a true Nigerian, and I challenge you to be one.

It is my believe that a Christian southerner from Bayelsa is convinced that the current regime has failed. This is because of manifest events and happenings that proved that. The current insecurity, the failure of Naira, the massive looting spree that is going on, in fact, even the lies and the I don’t care attitude of the government is enough to tell you that. Then why are we becoming optimist in its ability? I am not calling on people to be pessimist. But people should be realistic and skeptical on who to vote. I am very sure even I my self can defeat President Jonathan in 2015. In fact, even you the reader can defeat Jonathan. Nigeria has never had a difficult time like this one. Nigerians are desperate and will vote anybody order than Jonathan.

Nigerian must rise against negative political mongering. Competence, antecedents and ability to lead should be our focus. I promise Nigeria to vote for good leaders all through, what about you?

Comrade Badulbaqi Aliyu Jari @jariabdubaqi

Views Expressed are Solely Author’s.

Okorocha will be President 2015- Prophet Williams Onuoha

A prophecy concerning who will govern Nigeria come 2015 claims that Imo State governor,  Owelle Rochas Okorocha, will become the President of Nigeria.

Read what the General Overseer of Galilee Christian Center in Lagos, Prophet Williams, said during an interview with Daily Sun;

In 2011, I saw in a vision that the present governor of Imo State Owelle Rochas Okoro­cha will be president in 2015. And in one of the national dailies recently, the governor said he would be president in 2015 and that it had been prophesied. True. I had seen this vision, but there are things that needs to be done before this prophecy can come to pass and one of them is that only a running mate from the South West region can give him the presidency.

“I have never met the governor before. When he said last week in the papers that he would become president in 2015 and that it had been prophesied, I was not surprised. What I saw in 2011, the governor said in 2014. God is truly wonderful.





By Lawson Hayford

Contrary to the declaration by President Goodluck Jonathan that he would run for only one term, his kinsmen have insisted that he has no option than to contest the 2015 presidential election. Prominent Ijaw leaders and south-south elders last week met in Lagos for two days during which they deliberated on the 2015 presidential election and the way forward for the region.

The meeting, which was held at the Civic Centre, Lagos, reportedly had in attendance the National Security Adviser, General Andrew Azazi, Ijaw leader Chief Edwin Clark, Niger Delta Volunteer Force leader Mujahid Asari Dokubo, special adviser to the president on Niger Delta, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources Dr. Godknows Igali, pioneer president of Ijaw Youth Council Dr. Felix Tuodolo, oil magnate Mr. Dumo Briggs, NIMASA director-general Mr. Ziakede Akpobolokemi and ex-militant Ateke Tom, among others.

The meeting, which had as its theme, “Strategic Programme for the Development and Progress of the Niger Delta”, was meant to draw attention to the development of the region, but the participants used the platform to examine the political implications of Jonathan’s declaration and the future of the region.

The details of the meeting were, however, not made public. But a source at the meeting said the leaders of the region were not leaving any stone unturned in ensuring that the region retains the presidency beyond 2015. The source said the South-South leaders expressed worry over the statement by the president that he would not go for a second term, a development that could cause a serious political setback for the region.

It was learnt that, after many of the leaders had spoken on the dangers of conceding the top political post to another region on a platter, it was resolved that Jonathan should be persuaded to run for a second term.

According to a competent source who attended the meeting, there is a compelling need for Jonathan to change his stance, so as not to mortgage the opportunity of the South-South to enjoy eight years presidency.

The source said, “Jonathan is the only person in the South-South who could run and win the presidential election in 2015.”

The meeting generally agreed that there was the need for all Niger Deltans to rally round the president to ensure his re-election in 2015.

A former president of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), the umbrella body of all Ijaws in Nigeria and in the Diaspora, Joshua Fumudoh, who attended the two-day conference, told LEADERSHIP in Port Harcourt that the meeting considered that the statement by the president at the time was meant to douse tension in the land.

Fumudoh argued that such a highly sensitive political decision could not have been taken by the president alone without recourse to the elders and leaders of the Ijaw nation and the south-south in particular as well as certain individuals and groups across the country.

The ex-INC leader and member of the PDP said the president’s “desire to serve only one tenure of four years” did not take into consideration what would happen to the remaining four years that would have been Jonathan’s second tenure.

Recalling Nigeria’s past presidents and their tenures in office, backed by the necessary constitutional provisions, Fumudoh said it would be against the principle of fairness, equity and natural justice not to allow the South-South to complete their eight years tenure.