• We didn't forge document, no evidence against us, my only offence in Nigeria is my emergence as Deputy Senate President - Ekweremadu

    01/Aug/2016 // 6367 Viewers

     

    Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has again reinstated his innocence over the charges of forg­ery of the Senate Standing Rules brought against him by the Federal Govern­ment, stressing that his only offence is his emer­gence as the Deputy Presi­dent of the Senate against the wishes of the “powers that be.”

    Speaking when members of Enugu State Economic Advisory Committee paid a solidarity visit to him at his residence in Enugu, Ekwer­emadu said his hands were clean.

    Ekweremadu, who is also a member of the high-pow­ered Economic Advisory Committee set up by Gov­ernor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, re­iterated his commitment to the principles of separation of power, independence of the legislature and growth of the nation’s democracy.

    “I am indeed humbled by your solidarity. As they say, the true test of a man is not where he stands in the time of comfort; it is where he stands when there is crisis. Many people may not take this step of faith because of the situation we found our­selves in the country; some may be afraid of their lib­erty and afraid of any repri­sals. But you have stepped out to come and show soli­darity and ask questions in a matter concerning one of your sons.
     
    “Let me start by saying that I reinstate my inno­cence; that I committed no offence or forged any documents; and non of the accused persons, to the best of my knowledge, commit­ted any offence, let alone forging any document. Let me also say that no sena­tor accused me, President of the Senate or the other people of committing any offence. No senator or bu­reaucrat accused us of forg­ing any document.

    “Again, as a lawyer, I know what is called proof of evidence, that is the statement of witnesses who are going to confront you with the offence for which you are being charged.

    “I was served, and I have read this document (court process) from the first page to the last page; no wit­ness said any of us com­mitted any offence. Our only offence is that Senator Bukola Saraki and myself emerged as President of the Senate and Deputy Presi­dent of the Senate. Some people found it unaccept­able, and that is why we are being charged, not that we committed any offence,” he said.


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  • [Watch video] Rev. Mbaka blasts Buhari, Osinbajo, supports Avengers' agitation, says Kachiukwu not Igbo, 'I don't need the President to survive'

    01/Aug/2016 // 17165 Viewers

     

    PARIS, AUGUST 1, 2016: (DGW) Catholic fiery priest, Rev Fr. Ejike Mbaka  has severely criticized President Muhammadu Buhari over the economic hardship ravaging the country resulting from what he described as poor leadership under the Buhari-led administration.

    Nigerians , the priest said are obviously getting tired adding that he campaigned against the former President Jonathan  because of the widespread corruption in the last government in the hope that Buhari's administration would be better following his avowed declaration to fight corruption.

    No nation, he said , could survive when the cankerworm of corruption eats deep into its social fabric as was witnessed in the past administration which informed his interest and desire to opt for a change.

    The change which eventually came under the leadership of Buhari, he said , is not helping matters as poverty is ''smelling'' in Nigeria. Landlords the fiery Catholic clergy said are lamenting while tenants are hungry and frustrated.

    Students can no more pay their school fees and face rustication with every passing day under the present administration. He said he does not need the President to survive after all which informed his interest and desire to speak out being led by the spirit.

    On the agitation of militants in the Niger Delta particularly the Niger Delta Avengers, the Rev Mbaka said they are fighting a just cause and berated  Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo for calling them criminals. Mbaka questioned the rationale for calling the Niger Delta Avengers criminals who are in fact fighting a just cause considering the degree of damage done to the region's eco-system which  has been feeding the nation for decades.

    He said a trip to the region would  shock the casual visitor the living conditions of a people whose land  the treasure that feeds the nation is buried.

    On Buhari's appointment, he criticized the President for his lopsided appointments and cautioned him against dancing to the tune of his advisers adding that in Buhari's appointments the Igbos who are in the southeast have suffered marginalization on the scheme of things.

    'A hungry man, he said, is an angry man' warning that a man when angry and hunger could do anything that is injurious and dangerous. He reminded President Buhari not to expect to return to power if the present trend continues and  expect to be voted out of power in 2019 presidential election.

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  • Your sectionalism unprecedented, nepotism is also corruption – Punch tells Buhari

    01/Aug/2016 // 787 Viewers

     

    (DAILY POST) - The last is yet to be heard of criticism trailing the appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari as one of the national dailies in the country; the Punch has averred that the President “is by his appointments, presenting himself as a parochial, sectional leader”, adding that the level of sectionalism exhibited by Buhari is unprecedented.

    While reminding Buhari of his inaugural speech declaration of “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody”, the paper, in an editorial published on Monday, noted that the President has breached the pledge, advising him to act like a father to all Nigerians and rise above primordial instincts.

    The editorial board of the national daily, which accused Buhari of making appointments that weigh heavily in favour of his northern regional base, was emphatic that sectionalism and nepotism are also acts of corruption, explaining that it is not only when government funds are stolen that corrupt act is said to have been committed.

    “Among his first appointments, even while he dithered on assembling a cabinet: he recalled a retired officer to man the Department of State Services; a former army officer to head the Nigeria Customs Service; a personal acquaintance as Chief of Staff, and loaded the other security and law enforcement agencies heavily in favour of Northerners. While the DSS head is from his hometown, Daura, the others are also almost all Northerners and overwhelmingly Muslims. In spite of public opinion, he replaced the immediate past Inspector-General of Police, a Southerner, with a Northerner, an assistant inspector-general whose ascension induced the retirement in one fell swoop of 21 DIGs and AIGs who were senior to him. This is beyond absurdity.

    “We declare emphatically that this is corruption. It is wrong to view stealing of government funds as the only form of corruption. A former member of the House of Representatives, Junaid Muhammed, alleges that not only is Buhari sectional in his appointments, several appointees are actually his relatives. Nigerians did not vote against the Jonathan administration’s impunity for corruption, only to be assaulted with another pernicious impunity for cronyism,” the newspaper wrote.

    The editorial read in part, “He struck again last month when he removed Ibe Kachikwu as head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to put a Northerner; named another, Hadiza Bala-Usman, as managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority along with three executive directors, two of whom are also Northerners. Before then, he had ring-fenced himself with appointees from his northern constituency at the Presidency, thereby deepening the long-held fears of many Southerners that he has not overcome his well-known insularity.

    “But the 1999 Constitution explicitly stipulates in Chapter 14 subsection 3 that the “composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall…reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few states or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups…” Buhari is breaching this with impunity in his appointments. Apart from this, Nigeria’s plural setting demands that no group or ethnic nationality is seen as too domineering in critical areas of governance.

    “Buhari should be told that sectionalism and nepotism are also acts of corruption. You do not wage war against financial corruption while indulging in sectional and sectarian favouritism. It is self-defeating; a veritable weak link that the formidable ranks of those fighting back furiously to preserve the existing corrupt order are already capitalising on. The President simply does not need this. Many are willing to concede that he is only demonstrating political naiveté; now, however, is the time to radically change tactics.

    “The country is in a bad shape, compelling that all efforts be made to rally all segments of the polity behind measures to reverse economic recession, defeat terrorism in the North-East, renewed militancy and sabotage in the South-South zone, Fulani herdsmen’s terrorism in the North-Central and general insecurity across the country. The government admitted that the country is technically in recession last week, while Bloomberg reported that foreign reserves fell to just over $26 billion in June; oil production also fell to about 1.6 million barrels per day, while over 4,440 megawatts of power were lost last week, both due to sabotage of crude and gas facilities by criminals in the Niger Delta region. Meanwhile, though seriously degraded, Boko Haram terrorists are recovering their ability to ambush and inflict casualties on Nigerian troops.

    “More importantly, the South-East and South-South zones voted massively against Buhari, who is deepening their alienation from his government by his lopsided appointments. But in truly democratic societies, elected leaders go all out to unite their people after elections. Apart from meeting the constitutional requirement that a minister be appointed from each of the 36 states, the two zones are sparsely represented in the Federal Government. If some past presidents indulged in primitive sectionalism, Buhari should not.”


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  • We don't lie,our change promises yielding results, Nigerians now enjoying it - Lai Mohammed

    01/Aug/2016 // 5792 Viewers

     

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Monday, maintained that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has started delivering on its campaign promise of Change.

    He made this assertion during a Federal Government Town Hall meeting for the South East in Enugu.

    Stressing that contrary to insinuations in certain quarters that the Change promised was a “ruse,” Mohammed said that the Change was already manifesting in every sector, adding that a lot had been done in moving the country forward.

    He insisted that the government would remain undeterred in implementing the Change agenda it promised Nigerians.

    Mohammed said, “Many have said they are yet to see the change we promised. Many more have called the promise a ruse.

    “In fact, they are now mocking us. But we remain undaunted because we know that the change we promised is real.

    “In fact, the change we promised is already here, and it is manifesting all around us.’’


    Highlighting the successes of the current administration, Mohammed said the current government has been able to put a stop to the looting of public funds which, he said, was responsible for underdevelopment.

    According to him, “Before now, public officials simply opened the public till, took as much money as they wanted and walked away without consequences.

    “That explains why funds allocated to the military to fight Boko Haram ended up in the piggy banks of many unscrupulous Nigerians

    “Today, all those who looted the public treasury are being made to answer for their actions, as impunity gives way to accountability.

    “Many have offered to return their loots, and many more are facing charges,” he said.

    On the issue of the economy, Mohammed said, “We promised to diversify the economy away from oil, to ensure that other sectors are able to significantly contribute to sustainable development.

    “In June 2016, for the very first time, about 70 per cent of the more than N500 billion raised from the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee came from the non-oil sector, while 30 per cent came from the oil sector.

    “It was the first time in 2016 that the Federal Government shared more than N500 billion among the three tiers of government.”

    The Minister stated that the Federal Government is working towards addressing complaints over perceived lopsidedness in appointments.

    “There are hundreds of appointments yet to be made. It is an evolving scenario and any lopsidedness is being addressed as we progress,” he assured.


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  • Pastor Adeboye blows hot, read why he prays to God for mysterious death for some church members

    01/Aug/2016 // 1599 Viewers

     

    PARIS, AUGUST 1, 2016: (DGW) - PASTOR Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God has warned members of the church worldwide that they run the risk of  sudden and premature death if they don't desist henceforth from introducing ethnicity and tribalism to the mission with particular reference to the unions in the church.

    He gave the warning on Sunday while addressing the Ministers' Conference of the church which ended on Sunday.

    The clergy man said he had to tell them having prayed to God concerning the matter and urged them to heed the warning to avoid the wrath of God.

    His words: “Whosoever tries to pollute the fast-growing denomination through the canker worm of ethnicity will die before his or her day.

    “Tell all your friends that I’ve prayed a prayer that anyone, whoever, tries to introduce tribalism into RCCG shall die.

    “Like Ananias and Sapphira died suddenly and prematurely, anyone including the G.O himself, who tries to introduce tribalism will die suddenly and prematurely.

    “The Governing Council asked me to caution ministers of the mission to avoid the error of match-making brothers and sisters for marriage. This could result in some adverse effects.

    “The Governing Council also asked me to warn you not to get yourself entangled with marriage among your members.

    “Don’t arrange marriages. Don’t forget you cannot also arrange for them to be fruitful. If you arrange a lady for a brother only for him to discover she is a witch, such brother will curse you for life,” the cleric warned.

     


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  • Finally US storms Libya, rains bombs on Sirte with utmost savagery

    01/Aug/2016 // 943 Viewers

     

     

    The U.S. military has conducted rare airstrikes against ISIS inside Libya, the Pentagon announced today.

    "At the request of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), the United States military conducted precision air strikes against ISIL targets in Sirte, Libya," the Pentagon's press secretary, Peter Cook, announced in a statement.

    Cook said the strikes were approved by President Obama upon the recommendation of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the U.S. secretary of defense.

    The strikes were carried out by both manned and unmanned aircraft, a Pentagon official said. At least one of the strikes hit a tank operated by ISIS fighters.

    Almost all U.S. and coalition strikes against ISIS up to this point have been conducted inside Iraq and Syria. But ISIS is known to have a presence in Libya as well. These strikes, Cook said, will help Libyan government forces build on some of the success they have already had in recapturing territory from ISIS around Sirte.

    Cook also signaled in his statement that these strikes represent the first of a broader campaign in Libya: “Additional U.S. strikes will continue to target ISIL in Sirte in order to enable the GNA to make a decisive, strategic advance." Cook said the pace and duration of this campaign will depend on what the Libyan government requests.


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  • Pathetic! Read what gunmen numbering 5 did to a 45-yr-old woman in Abakaliki

    01/Aug/2016 // 1337 Viewers

     

    A 45-year-old woman was on Sunday fell a victim to gunmen in Abakaliki in the Ebonyi State capital.  

    The victim said that a group of armed men numbering  five forcefully pulled her from the commercial tricycle (Keke) which she boarded and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.

    According to her, the gunmen subsequently forced her into the Keke they boarded and drove-off alongside two motorcycles they hired.

    “They took me to a swampy bush behind the San Diego Hotel, Kpirikpiri, Abakaliki, where they gang-raped, tortured and abandoned me thinking I was dead.
     
    “A good Samaritan came to my rescue and informed the police who took me to a hospital where I was placed on intensive medication,” she said.

    She said the attack was premeditated, alleging that the gunmen might had been hired by her estranged husband who hailed from Enugu.

    “I reported him at the Family Law Centre,Abakaliki, over his incessant assault and inhuman treatment which causes me deep physical and emotional trauma.

    “During the last sitting of the Centre’s court, he boasted that my case with him will end when I am ‘eliminated’.

    The Public Relations Officer of the Ebonyi Police Command , DSP George Okafor, who confirmed the story, assured that the command would get to the root of the matter.

    “No arrest has been made so far on the issue, as we are currently concentrating on saving the woman’s life.

    “Investigations into the matter will, however, be pursued to its logical conclusion, to apprehend and prosecute the culprits,” he said.


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  • Breaking News: Read how FG was disgraced in Enugu town hall on Monday!

    01/Aug/2016 // 3828 Viewers

     

    Praise singers and protesters were invaded the fifth town hall meeting of the Federal Ministry of Information in Enugu, Enugu State, Monday.

    The meeting at the Nike Lake Resort Hotel, Enugu, attracted ministers and heads of Federal Government agencies, state governors, lawmakers from South-East states, other political appointees, religious leaders and traditional rulers.

    In spite of the tight security at the venue, praise singers and protesters got into the hall, such that the praise singers, mostly women, caused a commotion as they sang the praise of top politicians even as the protesters, displayed placards, loudly made their demand known.

    The various concerns of the people of the South-East were addressed by the ministers who at the town hall meeting.

    Chief Audu Ogbe, Minister of Agriculture, said that herdsmen-farmers’ clashes would soon be solved as ranches would be built to dissuade nomadic grazing of cows.

    “We are working on confining all cows in ranches. A time shall come when no cow will be moving about.  That will come to an end,” Ogbe said.

    Responding to questions from participants, Dr. Chris Ngige, Labour minister, said that Nigeria is in a mess today because of misplaced priorities.

    Ngige said that if people were to go back to the farm and learn trade, the economy would improve and unemployment would end.

    He expressed the opinion that President Muhammadu Buhari is the most misunderstood man because he is speaking the truth pointing out that there was no way white collar jobs alone could be provided in the country now.

    “This government you are seeing today, we are managing poverty. There is no way we can give you white collar jobs but blue collar jobs.

    “We should go back to the farm. Let us look inwards,” he said.

    Ngige equally dismissed the cry of marginalization of Ndigbo in terms of political appointments, saying the President has the privilege of choosing his kitchen cabinet from trusted allies. - INDEPENDENT


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  • Boko Haram expanding, chance to stop it is now: U.N. official

    01/Dec/2015 // 284 Viewers

    West Africa's Boko Haram Islamist militant group is expanding and there is only a small window of opportunity to stop it, the top U.N. aid official in Cameroon said on Monday.

    Najat Rochdi, U.N. Resident Coordinator in Cameroon, said the group's strategy was to demonstrate its power by almost daily suicide bombings, often by young girls, while trying to gain territory.

    Its offensive was bankrupting Cameroon's economy and destroying a fragile society, especially influencing the young.

    "Boko Haram is giving them a sense, because they are convincing them that it is a sacrifice for the better. So we have to show them that they don't have to die to have a better life," Rochdi told Reuters.

    There was a chance to do so in Cameroon because Boko Haram recruits were driven by poverty and marginalization.

    "If it was Jihadism, we all know, it's very difficult to compete with God. But because it's just about having a voice and empowerment and economic opportunities and believing in a future, that's something we know how to do."

    Boko Haram declared allegiance to the Islamic State group in March and stepped up its suicide bombing campaign, more than tripling Cameroon's number of displaced people to 158,000.

    The group emerged in Nigeria, but it now straddles the borders of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon, with numbers estimated at 40,000 and ambitions to set up an oil-rich Islamic state around Lake Chad, Rochdi said.

    "We used to have pockets of Boko Haram, it's definitely expanding. It looks like they are trying to break through inside the country but also towards the borders in the east, the borders with Central African Republic."

    The impact on farming and markets had more than doubled the number of food-insecure people to 2.2 million people, and more than 15 percent of children were acutely malnourished, she said.

    The U.N. is trying to counter Boko Haram by re-establishing markets and the jobs that go with them, and getting children back to school. The danger is that Boko Haram could grow and link up with other Islamist groups, potentially triggering a worse refugee crisis in Europe than the one seen this year, Rochdi said.

    "Investing in today and reversing the trend is investing in a better security and stability of Europe tomorrow. And tomorrow is really tomorrow, not 2030," she said. "It's doable. But it's really a very small window of opportunity. If you ask me the same question next year, the answer will be no."

     

     

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  • Ijaw Group criticizes Police for covering up attack on ex-President Jonathan's convoy

    01/Dec/2015 // 323 Viewers

    The Bayelsa State police Command says the men involved in former President Jonathan assassination bid are not militants  but a set of jobless and hungry young men that mistook the former President's convoy for  Chief Timipre Sylva's, the APC gubernatorial candidate that would be standing toe-to-toe with Gov. Dickson in Saturday December 5 governorship election in the state.

    Speaking to reporters in Yenegoa, the police command ASP  public relations officer, Butswat Anisim said there was no assault on the former President that the men arrested in connection with ill-conceived plan had to retrace on realiasing it was the former President.

    Reacting to this defence framed by police in a statement made available to newsmen in Yenegoa , the Ijaw National Frontier through its coordinator Dr Esther Atani   reacted bitterly against what they described as a big coverup by police saying that they were shocked at the defence. ''As Bayelsans, we are familiar with several of the elements being used as political thugs by politicians and we make bold to say, that two members of the arrested gang are renowned militants from the Nembe area of the state, who have various criminal records, even with the police,” she said.

    “We, therefore, call on all Nigerians of good conscience to join in demanding a thorough investigation into the attempted attack on Dr. Goodluck Jonathan since it is hard to believe that the police would join in insinuating that those youths were unfamiliar with Dr. Jonathan’s residence and so mistakenly followed him to the point of entering', the statement added.

    Ahead of Saturday's December 5 election in the state, Dr Atani cautioned  the police and other security agencies  in the conduct of the election and shun anything that would be detrimental to any of the candidate's chances.

     

     

     

     


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