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21 Aug 2017

Millionaire Pastor, Bishop David Oyedepo And Wife Celebrates 35th Wedding Anniversary (Photo)

The founder of Living Faith church, Bishop David Oyedepo and his wife are celebrating after clocking 35 years as a married couple.
Bishop David Oyedepo and his wife Faith Oyedepo

The General Overseer of Living Faith Church, popularly known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo and his wife, Faith Oyedepo, are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary today, August 21st.

The couple have four children. The 62-year-old Pastor got married to his beautiful wife in 1982. He shared some words on social media to celebrate his marriage of 35 years.

Sharing a picture of himself alongside his wife and wrote: “Happy 35th Wedding Anniversary to my Heaven-sent Wife, Faith Abiola Oyedepo. It gets sweeter by the day!”.

Bishop David Oyedepo is said to be worth $150 million. He is the richest pastor in Nigeria and Africa.

Must Read: How To Get Married on a 20k Salary

In this period of economic recession where there are limited job opportunities in Nigeria, this piece might come handy for low income earners struggling to get married.

If age is no longer on your side, you have found the woman you want to marry but your salary is the barrier between you and your marital promised land, you earn 20k or a little more per month, your s*xual urge is getting uncontrollable, you are over 30 and your fiancee wouldn't mind settling down with you, here is the practical way to survive on a 20k salary.

1. Pay your tithe 10%

2. Save 10%

3. Get a room apartment where you will not be paying more than 2k per month.

4. With neighbours, your NEPA bill should not be more than #500:00.

5. Feeding for both you and wife not more than 10k. Always buy your foodstuff in bulk every month, you will save lots of money.

6. Keep 10% for emergencies, that is 2k.

7. The remaining #1,500 will be shared between you and your wife as pocket money. You 1k, wife, #500.

Now listen: you can only do this on the conditions given below:

1. Your wife will get a job to assist you financially so that both of you will put money together to start a business, look for a higher paying job or run your vision that will yield profits, enlarge you and move to a higher level of comfort and wealth. Discuss this thoroughly in courtship and ensures she agrees. That is what courtship is about: to discuss your future and see if you can walk together (Amos 3:3).

2. No baby for the first 2 years while you both work harder and get something better or extra doing to cater for the baby. Discuss this thoroughly. Visit a family planning clinic and get an advise on which family planning method will work for you. Withdrawal sometimes fail and calculating the ovulation period is not completely reliable but if she is very diligent, can consistently monitor her ovulation, you may take the risk but combining with CD is better (I'm talking to mature adults here).

3. There will be pressure from your family especially your mother for her to get pregnant. Stand up for her, shield her, be a man and let your mum know that for personal reasons, it's your decision for her to delay pregnancy. Marriage is for mature men and women, not for boys and girls. You should be responsible and have the final say in your marriage. Your decisions are between you and your wife, whatever anyone else says is secondary! Protect her from your family, stand up for her!

4. Pray diligently and consistently for God to enlarge you.

5. Map out practical plans for you to achieve your dreams.

6. Have the faith that can move mountains!

The Bishop Oyedepo and Fela Durotoye's type of faith: These men had almost nothing when they started but their wives were working and assisted them till they broke through.

You can make it before you get married. You don't have to get married on a salary of 20k. The Lord can surprise you with a better job, profitable business or great contracts before you marry, if not yet then don't wait till you are in your 50s before you settle down.

"Two are better than one..." is what the Holy Book says. With your wife's full support and strong faith in you, you will break through the ceiling of limitation and emerge into your glorious destiny.

Written by Seun Oladele

Nigerian Excretes 1410.9 Grams Of Cocaine As He Gets Death Penalty In China

The High People’s Court of Guangdong Province, China, has finally confirmed a death sentence with two years probation on a Nigerian, Mr. Ikechukwu Peter Obiekezie, who was reportedly found guilty of smuggling 1410.9 grams of cocaine into China.

- Obiekezie, with Nigerian standard Passport No. A50296207, was on 2 October, 2016, arrested at the Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, China, upon arrival from Addis Ababa aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight No. ET 606 on suspicion of smuggled drugs, which he swallowed and brought to China.

- He has, since October 3, 2016, joined the growing list of Nigerians who are detained and serving various jail terms in Guangdong Province, China, after he excreted a total of 1410.9 grams of cocaine at the Chinese Aviation hospital.

- Obiekezie was on August 18, 2017, issued a death sentence, following rejection of an appeal made at the Intermediate Peoples’ court of Guangzhou on April 7, 2017, after he was declared guilty of smuggling the hard drug into China and was given suspended death sentence.

- A follow up report from the Nigerian Consulate General in Guangzhou, China, disclosed that, the death sentence, in the case of Obiekezie, will not be carried out within the period of two years if the convict shows remorse, good behavior and if no new crime is intentionally committed during the two-year probationary period.

- The Consulate also said that the death sentence will be reduced to life or 10 to 15 years imprisonment if the convict remains of good behaviour.

Buhari Likely To Travel For Medical Check-up Again - Presidency Reveals

President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, has admitted that Buhari is likely to still leave the country for medical check-ups

Adesina, speaking on Sunrise Daily on Channels TV Monday morning, called on Nigerians not to cease in their prayers and support for Buhari.

“What Nigerians should hope for is that our president will remain whole. But if there is any reason to go out why not, you need to first stay alive before you can lead a country so whatever it takes for our president to remain healthy should be done but we want to hope and believe that the worst is over,” he said.

The President had been in London for over 100 days treating an unknown ailment before returning on Saturday.

He addressed the nation early Monday morning and has since notified the National Assembly of his readiness to resume office.

Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians For Continuous Prayers Over Husband's Health


President Muhammadu Buhari's wife, Aisha Buhari, took to Twitter this morning to thank Nigerians and her family's well-wishers all over the world, for their prayers and continuous support during her husband's medical vacation in the United Kingdom.

See the first lady's tweets:



How a Chief was Cursed, Humiliated and Banished for Refusing to Pay Homage to the Oba of Benin (Video)

An influential chief who reportedly refused to pay homage to the Oba of Benin, was captured as he was being humiliated, cursed and banished in Edo State

A Facebook user identified as Chuks Mgborie-Chukwu, has taken to the social networking platform to narrate how a Chief who refused to pay homage to the Oba of Benin in Edo State, was publicly humiliated after he was allegedly cursed and banished by the royal council.

Chuks shared a video and wrote; "EDO KINGDOM: THIS IS CHIEF DR. OGIUGO. BECAUSE HE DID NOT PAY HOMAGE TO THE OBA OF BENIN, HE WAS CURSED TWO DAYS AGO IN THE OBA OF BENIN PALACE AND LABELLED THE ENEMY OF THE PALACE FROM THAT DAY ON, AND DECREE WAS PASSED THAT NOBODY SHOULD HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH HIM AGAIN."

I feel happy, relaxed at PSG, Says Neymar

Neymar starred from beginning to end on his home debut for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring twice in a 6-2 thumping of Toulouse in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

The Brazilian superstar had a hand in everything else his new side did at the Parc des Princes as they recovered from the shock of falling behind early on to a Max Gradel goal.

Neymar got the equalizer and the 222 million-euro ($261 million) man later completed the rout in stunning style after further goals from Adrien Rabiot, an Edinson Cavani penalty, Javier Pastore and Layvin Kurzawa.

Marco Verratti was sent off for PSG midway through the second half and Toulouse at one point came back to 3-2, but they were ultimately blown away by the world’s most expensive player.

“I feel very happy and relaxed, I feel at home. I am adapting as quickly as possible. I am getting better physically and I can still improve yet,” the 25-year-old said ominously after the game.

It was PSG’s third win in as many league outings this season and they join reigning champions Monaco and Saint-Etienne in having the maximum nine points to their name.

Saint-Etienne visit the French capital next Friday and will be dreading the prospect after this latest exhibition from PSG’s new superstar.

AFP

Suspected ritual killer, Dike, escapes from police custody


A suspected ritual killer, Ifeanyi Dike, who defiled and killed an eight-year-old girl, Victory Chikamso, has escaped from police custody.

It was learnt that Dike, who was caught by a local vigilante in Eliozu axis of Port Harcourt and handed over to the police, escaped Sunday night.

Sources say police have begun manhunt for the fleeing suspect.

It will be recalled that Dike had removed the eyes, vagina, a finger, and tongue of his victim before he was apprehended.

DETAILS later…

BREAKING: I Have Resumed Office, President Buhari Writes National Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari, has written to the National Assembly on his readiness to resume duty, from his return from London.

The President in the letter said he has resumed duty from his medical vacation in the United Kingdom and has now assumed his role as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday (Today.)

Buhari had left for London on May 7, 2017, and handed the reins of government to the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who functioned as the Acting President.

He had on Sunday returned to the country after spending over 100 days in London treating an undisclosed illness.

A statement sent to DAILY POST by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the president’s letter was in line with constitutional provision of the country.

The letter reads in part: “In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), I write to intimate that I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, 21st August, 2017, after my medical follow-up in the United Kingdom.”

Shock As 25-year-old Man Stabs 6-year-old Sister and 2 Young Cousins to Death

A man has gotten himself into serious trouble after he was found out to have murdered his own sister and two cousins.
Antonio Williams
A 25-year-old American man, Antonio Williams, has confessed to stabbing to death his 6-year-old sister and two young cousins while babysitting the family at their Maryland home.

According to local reports, the Prince George's County Police Department revealed that the three girls, all under  the age of 10, were found dead in a single bed with lacerations to their upper body.

Antonio Williams' mother found her daughter and the other two children in the basement of her home.

The suspect's mother had asked her son to care for the children while she worked an overnight shift.

Williams has been charged with three counts of first and second-degree murder in the deaths of his sister, 6-year-old Nadira Withers, and two second cousins, 9-year-old Ariana Decree and 6-year-old Ajayah Decree.

EFCC recovers N329b from 10 marketers

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered N329.150billion from 10 marketers from 2016 to date.

The marketers defaulted in payment for products supplied to them by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) through its subsidiary, the Petroleum Products and Marketing Company (PPMC).

About N20, 604, 109, 123.90 is yet to be recovered.

The PPMC has written to the EFCC to help recover the funds.

Following a petition against the marketers, EFCC Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu raised a special task force to investigate how the marketers incurred the debts of about N349, 818,411,556.37.

The Task Force, which was managed by the EFCC Zonal office in Kano, recovered the N329.150billion   from 10 marketers.

After the reconciliation at the weekend, the PPMC gave a status report to the Acting Chairman.

The report, signed by Umar Ajiya reads in part:  “Further to our previous correspondence to your office in respect of the above subject matter, please note that till date, the debts recovered from major oil marketers include N87, 028, 851, 268.17 and N242, 121, 256,468.03 for legacy and current debts respectively, leaving a balance of N20, 604, 109, 123.90 broken down into N4, 426,439, 240(legacy debts) and N16, 177,669, 883.90(current debts)

“These amounts have been agreed with the marketers that they shall be deducted and paid from outstanding entitlements or payments due to the marketers from the Federal Ministry of Finance and which will bring to the end the debt recovery effort.

We wish to express our profound gratitude for the successful collaboration between the EFCC and PPMC/ NNPC which largely resulted in the huge recovery of debt from the marketers from the inception of the recovery exercise in 2016 to date.”

A source, who spoke in confidence, said if the EFCC had not moved in, some of the marketers would have been foot-dragging on the debts.

“You can imagine what N349billion can do in the life of a nation. Some of these marketers were supplied products but they did not pay even after selling to customers.

“The EFCC detectives are still working on the recovery of the over N20billion still outstanding,” he said.

Earlier, the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, had given an insight into the breakthrough by EFCC detectives.

He said:  “Findings by the operatives of the EFCC revealed that the oil marketers were actually indebted to the Federal Government to the tune of N91,519,485,204.44billion between 2010 and 2016.

”Further investigation into the allegation also revealed that the oil marketers had continued to obtain petroleum products from the government without proper payment, in violation of the NNPC/PPMC credit facility regulations.

”Upon the conclusion of the preliminary investigation, officials of NNPC/PPMC and all the managing directors of the concerned companies which are NNPC retails , Conoil Plc, Total Plc, OVH Energy Plc, Oando Plc, Forte Oil and Gas Plc, Mobil Plc, MRS Oil Plc, and NIPCO Oil Plc were invited to the Kano Zonal Office of the Commission where their statements were recorded following which the recovery process commenced.”

Shady deals in the oil sector, including the fuel subsidy scandal, were  said to have cost the nation over N1.3 trillion in 2011.

But the manipulation of subsidy claims caused an uproar nationwide.

The Presidential Committee on Verification and Reconciliation of Fuel Subsidy Payments had initially  indicted 21 firms for fraudulent claims that cost the nation N382 billion but the list was later increased to 25 by the Federal Ministry of Finance, based on fresh evidence.

The former Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, said  of the N422 billion scrutinised, N18 billion was found to be duplication; N21 billion was cleared.

He also confirmed out of the 116 oil marketing and trading companies (OM&T) invited, 107 honoured the invitation.

He said: “Of the N422 billion, N18 billion was found to be duplication. So, the actual amount that was being verified is N403 billion. Of this amount, N21 billion was cleared and that leaves N382 billion as the sum in contention for which the committee recommended that the process of recovery should be made,” the report noted

Anambra Lawyers Blast Nnamdi Kanu, Blame Him Over Ekwulobia Crises

A group of legal practitioners in the South-eastern part of Nigeria have berated the leader of the Independent People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu over the agitations in Anambra State.
Nnamdi Kanu
The Anambra State Lawyers in Defence of Democracy (ASLADD) have come down very heavily on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB for attempting to affix culpability on it for the crises that occured at Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area, where the Nigerian Police reportedly had a clash with the IPOB who were said to be awaiting the arrival of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for a rally scheduled to hold in the town.

Below is the press release by ASLADD as made available to news correspondents in Akwa yesterday:

EKWULOBIA CRISES: IPOB IS CONFUSING APPLES WITH ORANGES

The attention of the Anambra State Lawyers in Defence of Democracy [ASLADD] has been drawn to a statement released by Emma Powerful for the IPOB on the clash that was reported to have occurred between the Nigerian Police and some IPOB members at Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State. In the said press release, the author labored strenuously to share the culpability of the crises between the DPO of Ekwulobia Police Station and “individuals hiding under non-existent Anambra Lawyers”.

We start by saying that the Anambra State Lawyers in Defence of Democracy [ASLADD] is composed of eminent Legal Practitioners from Anambra State who practice both within and outside the shores of the state.

Without mincing words, the foremost consideration that propelled the coming together of these fine minds is to robustly protect democracy in Anambra State which has come under a massive threat by the extra-legal and anarchist method introduced by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in his push to carve out an imaginary fiefdom for himself where delusively he would be presiding over his serfs like a feudal emperor who must not be opposed by his subjects without fatal consequences.

It is rather ridiculous that the author of the IPOB statement claimed that our group is both “faceless” and “non-existent” and yet he labored profusely to apportion blame and culpability to a “non-existent” group. This is purely an inverted logic. It is a matter of ordinary knowledge that lawyers in every society [by virtue of their professional calling and standing] are public figures. True indeed, the Convener of this august assembly is Mr. Johnmary Chukwukasi Jideobi.

This is a gentleman committed to the defence of human rights, rule of law and constitutionalism. It is on record that our Convener stood tall and firm in robust defence of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu since he was arrested in 2015. As a matter of fact, it was our Convener who put up a pro-bono appearance with Mr. Vincent Obetta on the 17th day of December, 2015 before the Honourable Justice A.F.A. Ademola where the Mr. Nnamdi Kanu was granted bail for the 2nd time.

The records of proceedings in charge no: FHC/ABJ/383/2015 would reveal that our Convener has put up many pro-bono appearances in defence of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu before the Honourable Justices; A.F.A. Ademola, A.R. Mohammed and James Tsoho. Our Convener has equally on different occasions backed up his courtroom support with strongly-worded letters to President Muhammed Buhari, Chief John Oyegun, National President of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation urging them to see good reasons why the order of court granting Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Rtd. Colonel Dasuki and El-Zakzaki bail ought to be respected in total obeisance to the dictates of rule of law and for the preservation of our constitutional democracy.

These tons of letters are readily accessible as they were well published and documented at the offices of their recipients. This is quite apart from the numerous legal articles contributed by our Convener aimed at rallying the support of human rights activists to have Mazi Nnamdi Kanu freed from Kuje. While still in prison, our Convener has had to visit and meet with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on more than five different occasions all in a bid to strategize on how to use the instrumentality of the law to set him free from the gulag. What has our convener not done to have Mazi Nnamdi Kanu breathe the air of freedom he is enjoying today even at a great personal risk [even at a time when even the highest political office holders in the South-East region were shy of identifying with Nnamdi Kanu’s ordeals]. We challenge the IPOB to controvert these hardcore and overwhelming facts. It was William George who once rightly posited that “ingratitude is a crime more despicable than revenge, which is only returning evil for evil, while ingratitude returns evil for good.”

While Immanuel Kant [German Philosopher] appreciates that “Ingratitude is the essence of vileness”, James Thomas [Scottish Musician] rightly concludes that “Ingratitude is treason to mankind”. It is not surprising to us that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu does not brook the word “gratitude” in his vocabulary of living just as he has sufficiently demonstrated that those core values handed down to us by our forebears that characterize Igbo civilization have evaporated from his menu of manners.

It is therefore rather unfortunate that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu [a huge beneficiary of our legal prowess and professional benevolence] could turn around and accuse our noble body of being responsible for Ekwulobia crises. Yes we dared to challenge him on the futility of his attempt at truncating Anambra election where he has no legitimate interest in whatever becomes the outcome of that democratic exercise. In our considered view, his home state [Abia], with deep humility and respect, needs more help to rescue her from dilapidated infrastructures than our dear Anambra State that currently shines the light in most indices of governance.

All this madness being orchestrated by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is ultimately aimed at possibly setting the polity ablaze [using the fuel of hate and intimidating speeches] in the phantom hope that the weighty criminal charges hanging on his neck would drown in the ensuing melee. In achieving this devious intention [which is a mere fishing expedition in the desert], Mazi Nnamdi Kanu would not mind using as many uniformed and less-privileged compatriots as are available as his canon-fodders.

We are compelled to state for the umpteenth time that we shall never fold our alms and watch Mazi Nnamdi Kanu pull our sacred constitution apart, pollute the system with rotten speeches of putrid hatred, acrimonious vituperations and denigrating venoms while pouring acerbic expletives on the foundations of our democracy in a manner that is capable of bringing an organised society to a perilous end.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu should be rest assured that if we could use our legal arsenal to rescue him from the Kuje gulag after waging a very deadly and fierce legal battle on his behalf against the Federal Government of Nigeria [amidst all odds], we equally have more than what it takes [in our legal armoury] to decisively end his impunity and defend democracy [from his tyranny, imposition and buffoonery] in Anambra State which is our primary constituency. Participating in an election is purely discretionary on the part of the citizens. But we can never accept a situation where Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB is deploying violent means to scare law-abiding Anambrarians away from the polls even to the point of the Kanus repeatedly issuing assassination threat to our Convener for which human rights communities around the globe have adequately been put on notice.

We hereby re-iterate our call on the relevant authorities to urgently commence a high-powered clinical investigation into the activities of the IPOB. Biafra is a sacred ideology which is not commodious enough to admit acts of outlawry, criminal intimidations and charlatanism under its canopied ambience.

In signing off this statement, we find it so unfortunate and discomforting that the conducts of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has forced us to address him in the very words we addressed President Muhammed Buhari when we wrote him on the 6th of January, 2016 condemning his refusal to free Mazi Nnamdi Kanu despite an existing Court Order. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu should listen to this:

“Sir, all the existing Supreme Court authorities and our penal books lean heavily in support of the long-established postulation that disobedience of Court Orders (otherwise called contempt of Court) is an abomination of the rankest specie just as it is an anathema in every democracy worth the name as it holds the key to the floodgates of anarchy and societal destruction. Condemning this cancerous vice, our own Supreme Court, in the case of Hart v. Hart (1991) 21 N.S.C.C. (Pt. 1) 184 at 199, had these unkind words for those who disobey Court orders (contemnors);

“I would like to state that obedience to Orders of Courts is fundamental to the good order, peace and stability of the Nigerian nation. The ugly alternative is a painful recrudescence of triumph of brute force or anarchy, a resort to our old system of settlement by means of bow and arrows, machetes and guns or, now, even more sophisticated weapons of war.

"Disobedience to an order of Court should, therefore, be seen as an offence directed not against the personality of the Judge who made the Order, but as a calculated act of subversion of peace, law, and order in Nigeria society. Obedience to every Order of Court is therefore a duty which every citizen who believes in peace and stability of the Nigerian State owes to the nation.

"To allow Court orders to be disobeyed would be to tread the road toward anarchy. If orders of the Court can be treated with disrespect, the whole administration of justice is brought into scorn…If the remedies that the Court grants to correct wrongs can be ignored, then, there will be nothing left for each person but to take the law into his own hands. Loss of respect for the Court will quickly result in the destruction of our society.”

How time flies! The same impunity and disobedience of Court Order levied against our president last year is what Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is gleefully practicing today. If Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had obeyed the Ruling of the Court anchoring his bail to many conditions [most of which he has violated even though he earlier agreed to them], the Ekwulobia tragedy would not have occurred. It was in the process of disobeying the Court Order [banning him from organizing and/or attending rallies] that Ekwulobia tragedy eventuated.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, his IPOB and the whole world can now see where the culpability of Ekwulobia tragedy lies. Unlike Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB that offered no word(s) of sympathy, encouragement and condolence to the deceased and victims of the 6th August gruesome, mind-boggling and ghoulish butchery at Ozubulu, we [on our part] humbly pray the Good Lord to show mercy to the victim(s) of Ekwulobia tragedy, graciously lift the light of His countenance upon the departed and grant the dead a kind admittance into his kingdom.

Ozoemezina!.

18th August, 2017.

How Charlyboy’s Coup Evicted Buhari From London

Former Special Adviser on New Media to ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has claimed that Charles Oputa also known as Charlyboy’s ‘civilian coup’ led to President Muhammadu Buhari’s return from London.
Buhari, who spent over 100 days in London attending to his ill-health returned to the country on Saturday.

However, Omokri said Charlyboy’s “return or resign” protest in London evicted Buhari from the Queen’s land.

Omokri, who made these claims on his social media handle, on Sunday also commended the ace musician for the stride.

He wrote, “Areafada1 & @adeyanjudeji, thanks for using #ResumeOrResign to force PMB’s return. The struggle isn’t over. Now he must #PerformorResign!

“CharlyBoy is the man! His #ResumeorResign executed a civilian coup d’é·tat by evicting an ex-military General from his London residence!”

Omokri while listing some of the All Progressives Congress, APC, manifestoes, berated the ruling party over failure to fulfil its campaign promises.

“Take a long hard look at the highlights of @APCNigeria’s manifesto. After more than two years, they have not achieved even one thing from it!,” he wrote.

I Remain Loyal to Makarfi - Ali Modu-Sheriff Finally Declares Support for the PDP

In a statement by the spokesman of Ali Modu-Sheriff dethroned faction of the, Bernard Mikko, the party's former national chairman, pledged the commitment to the party under Ahmed Makarfi's leadership.
Ali Modu-Sheriff
Erstwhile National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, has pledged the commitment and loyalty of his supporters and loyalists to the ideals, goals and principles of the party under Ahmed Makarfi’s leadership.

Though he accused Makarfi of using the victory at the Supreme Court as a licence to victimize party members, Sheriff appealed to members and supporters of his deposed leadership faction to remain calm and refrain from further legal action of any sort against the party.

In a statement by his spokesman, Bernard Mikko, Sheriff said: “We hope the current spate of threats and outright acts of intimidation will cease so that millions of our party members would not start seeking ‘alternate platforms’ to secure their political future.

“While remaining loyal and committed to the ideals and goals of the PDP, we also owe it a duty to preserve our personal honour and protect the political interest of millions of PDP members nationwide, who are looking up to us for leadership. We appeal to our loyal members and supporters to remain calm and refrain from further legal action of any sort.

“We, therefore, appeal to true lovers of democracy, the civil society and the media to join hands with us to ensure that all forms of impunity, lawlessness and blind ambition are controlled and dispensed with.

“Nigeria is a constitutional democracy and acts that are capable of destroying our multi-party system must be avoided. As major stakeholders in the current political dispensation, we will not remain silent and docile while the democratic norms and values we cherish are being systematically destroyed.

“Whereas majority of party member and loyalists continue to dream; desire and pray for a united party devoid of divisive tendencies with the hope of quickly recovering the lost grounds; We, the concerned members of the People’s Democratic Party, committed to internal democracy; justice and rule of law, have observed with the deepest concern the recent negative developments in our dear party.

“Unfortunately and ironically, the six-man caretaker committee under the chairmanship of Senator Ahmed Makarfi is rather celebrating and pursuing the implementation of the fractionalisation of the party.

“The NCC goaded and guided by some ambitious presidential aspirants had shown clearly the paths of constitutionality and rule of law is not theirs to follow. How can the chairman of the NCC, for instance, explain the dissolution of executive committee members of states that were duly and legally elected to serve four years from April 2016.

“It is most worrisome that the Supreme Court judgment is rather seen as a license to victimize millions of party members.”

Tell Nigerians when you will commit suicide – MURIC mocks Fayose over President’s return

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged Ekiti sate governor, Ayo Fayose, to inform Nigerians when he plans to commit suicide now that President Muhammadu Buhari is back in Nigeria.

This is contained in a statement by MURIC president, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in his message welcoming Buhari.

He reminded Nigerians that Fayose allegedly promised to commit suicide if Buhari returns to Nigeria alive.

“Well, the president is back and Nigerians owe it a duty to ask whether or not Fayose would redeem his pledge. Is Fayose a man of his words? Will Fayose commit suicide? Will he be man enough to do just that?” Akintola quipped.

“Fayose is an interesting study in political fanaticism and executive exuberance. The garrulous self-confessed danfo conductor just pushed his luck too far this time around. We are constrained to ask: Where is Fayose’s integrity?

“For closing his ears to Satanic whispers, we single out Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for glowing encomiums. Osinbajo demonstrated faith in Project Nigeria, exhibited strong character and manifested self-satisfaction cum exemplary statesmanship.

“We recall the #ResumeorResign and #OurMumuDonDo protests staged in Abuja and London against the continued absence of Buhari. Those protesters manifested heartlessness, pettiness and the inhumanity of man to man.

“There was no reasonable casus belli for protests when no law has been broken and there was no palpable lacuna in the presidency. How can you protest against a man for seeking medical attention? It is the height of wickedness.

“It is clear to discerning minds that Buhari’s departure from London was not due to pressure from protesters. He had confirmed two weeks ago that he was physically fit but waiting for his doctor’s orders. He had also said he was feeling homesick and willing to return to Nigeria.

“Besides, those protests stood logic on its head. Where on earth have you seen a man who won a presidential election abandoning his plump job, the pump and pageantry just for the fun of it? Where is it done?

“We have heard of sit-tight syndrome in presidencies but we have never heard of any run-away phenomenon in governance. Not in Europe, not in Asia, not to talk of it happening on the African continent where leaders are known to love staying in power for decades.

“But the wind has blown and we have seen the ruff of the hen. Looters used part of the humongous amounts of money stashed away in secret accounts to rent idle and jobless stowaways to stage protests. It is corruption fighting back. The sponsors of those protests in Abuja and London should bury their heads in shame”.

Entertainment World Mourns as Popular Comedian Dies

Veteran American comedian, Jerry Lewis, whose goofy brand of physical comedy endeared him to millions in a career spanning six decades, has died on Sunday aged 91.
Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis, an actor and auteur who was one of the most influential forces in American comedy, died Sunday morning at his Las Vegas home. He was 91.

"Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home with family by his side," his family said in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal writer John Katsilometes.

In a career that spanned vaudeville, radio, television, film and philanthropy, Lewis established the persona of a manic, juvenile jokester, which belied darker, more self-lacerating elements below the surface, giving his seemingly silly performances a fascinatingly edgy undercurrent.

That tension powered his artistic life as well, as Lewis modeled himself after earlier filmmakers such as Charlie Chaplin, seeking to gain control over his idiosyncratic, deeply personal art by writing, directing and producing his own material. Revered by everyone from Martin Scorsese to Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis was intimately involved with some of his greatest films, including 1960's The Bellboy and 1963's The Nutty Professor, always with a mind toward challenging himself and entertaining an audience.

"I learned from my dad that when you walk in front of an audience, they are the kings and queens, and you're but the jester," he said in 2016. "And if you don't think that way, you're going to get very, very conceited."

Born in March 1926 in New Jersey into a family of entertainers - his father a vaudeville performer, his mother a piano player - Lewis caught the acting bug early, appearing on stage with his parents at a young age.

Dropping out of high school and dreaming of breaking into show business, he worked at clubs in the Catskills, worried that his physical appearance would keep him from having a career. As he wrote in his 2005 memoir Dean and Me: A Love Story, "I was tall, skinny, gawky; cute but funny-looking. With the voice God had given me, I certainly wasn't going to be a singer like my dad, with his Al Jolson baritone. I always saw the humor in things, the joke possibilities.

"At the same time, I didn't have the confidence to stand on a stage and talk." Instead, he realized that playing the broad clown - wearing goofy wigs, pantomiming in an exaggerated fashion - opened up a rich vein of comic possibilities. "God hadn't made me handsome," Lewis wrote, "but he'd given me something, I always felt: funny bones."

Honored with accolades at home and abroad, including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977, Lewis became known as much for his tireless efforts to promote awareness of Muscular Dystrophy as for his unique brand of physical comedy.

Over the course of 45 years, he raised some 2.45 billion dollars for combatting the disease with an annual television event. Born Joseph Levitch in Newark, New Jersey to two New York City entertainers, Lewis first took center stage at the tender age of five, when he performed “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” He began playing at resorts outside New York City that catered to Jewish patrons, known by touring entertainers as the Borscht Circuit.

#PresidentialBroadcast: Nigerians React To Buhari's Speech

Reactions trailing President Muhammadu Buhari's early morning broadcast among Nigerians on social media.

Feelers across the social media platforms show that Nigerians were disappointed at Buhari's short speech as the main talk of the speech make a point to social media censor.

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How Adeboye's Visit Influenced President Buhari's Decision to Return - APC Chieftain, Baraje Reveals

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the visit of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, led to the return of President Buhari to Nigeria.
Adeboye & Buhari in London
Less than 48 hours before the return of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigeria, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Kawu Baraje, on Sunday, said the visit of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, indicated that Buhari may have succumbed to the advice of the cleric and that of his doctors to return home, adding that it shows that Buhari is not a religious bigot.

While speaking in an interview in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, on the sidelines of the graduation of pupils of Baraje Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Baraje also said the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Adeboye’s visit to Buhari also proved a political point.

He said, “I don’t see the visit of Pastor Adeboye as being special. If at all, I would say that it is only proving one point wrong, politically, that is the assumption that Buhari is a religious bigot.

“So, if somebody of Pastor Adeboye’s calibre can take six-hour flight and go to see President Buhari and, within 48 hours, Buhari came home, then it is speaking a different thing about what some people are saying that Buhari is a religious bigot.

“Maybe he has now finally succumbed to the advice of not only his doctors but to the spiritual advice of Pastor Adeboye. So, I think the development is a very good one.”

Serious Commotion as Man Beats His Wife to Death in Benue State (Photos)

A Nigerian man has left many people in shock after he reportedly murdered his wife during a fight.
The husband and wife before the sad incident
A man has beaten his wife to death in Gboko, Benue state yesterday, August 20th during a fight. It was gathered that the couple were arguing over an incident in their room before he battered her to death. After the incident, he fled the area.

A Facebook User, Ocholi Ugbede-Ojo Hassan shared the sad photos on social media. The ugly incident happened at Adekaa part of Gboko Benue state.

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Declaration of Public Holiday for Buhari's Return a Sign of One Chance 'Change' - PDP Blast Kogi Govt

The public holiday declared by the Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state in honor of the return of President Mohammadu Buhari, has been described as an aberration.
PDP supporters
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi state has described as an aberration, the public holiday declared by the government in honour of the return of President Mohammadu Buhari.

The party in a statement by the Director Research and Documentation, Achadu Dicson, lamented that while it is an acknowledged fact that governance in the state had drifted in the last 17 months, declaring a public holiday in the state is the height of lack and loss of ideas.

Achadu said while governance in the state had been brought to its lowest ebb, with workers owed salaries and pensions for 17 months, the heavy indebtedness by the state to commercial banks to the tune of N35billion was worrisome.

The party said the state has nothing to show in terms of infrastructure for the high indebtedness.

While noting that as a party, the PDP shared in the health recovery of Mr President, and has always joined in the prayers for his quick recovery, loss of man hour with the declaration of a public holiday was an indication that the state had reached the lowest ebb in terms of governance.

The statement read, “The recent government action shows that we have entered a one chance administration in which the ship of state is heading to no direction.”

The PDP in the statement said rather than devote energy to pray for Mr President, citizens should pray for God to heal Kogi state, noting that the state has lost focus, and is losing the decency of comity of serious States in the country.

Buhari's Speech Was a Terrible Case Of Missed Opportunity - Ezekwesili Speaks Out

Former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili has rated President Muhammadu Buhari's speech as a terrible case of missed opportunity, from the citizen's point of view.

President Muhammadu Buhari's speech on Monday morning touched basically on issues of terrorism and hate speeches among ethnic lines in the country.

The President also used the medium to thanked Nigerians for their prayers during his ordeals on the sickbed.

But Madam Oby, in a tweet after the broadcast described the President's speech as a terrible missed opportunity.

President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country on Saturday after more than 100 days in United Kingdom for treatment and Nigerians are expecting the Number one citizens to address issues in all ramification of the society - economy, politics and social affairs of Nigerians.

Our Rescued Daughter Returned to Her Boko Haram Husband - Heartbroken Parents Lament

Heartbroken parents of a recently rescued Chibok girl from Nigerian Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram's captivity, have narrated the details of how their daughter ran back to her insurgent husband.
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When news emerged that some of the Chibok schoolgirls, abducted by Boko Haram in 2014, had declined to return home with the batch of 82 freed in May, the world found it difficult to believe.

Not even the release of a Boko Haram video showing some hijab-clad, Kalashnikov-wielding girls saying they were happy in their new lives, was enough to convince people. “They must have been coerced,” some said.

“It must be Stockholm syndrome,” others said. What else could explain why any girl, any woman, would choose to remain with such horrible men?

Yet, some women rescued by the Nigerian military from captivity are willingly returning to Boko Haram’s Sambisa forest hideout in north-eastern Nigeria to be with these same horrible men.

‘Fairytale life’

In January, I met Aisha Yerima, 25, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram more than four years ago. While in captivity, she got married to a commander who showered her with romance, expensive gifts and Arabic love songs.

The fairytale life in the Sambisa forest she described to me was suddenly cut short by the appearance of the Nigerian military in early 2016, at a time her husband had gone off to battle with other commanders.

When I first interviewed Aisha, she had been in government custody for about eight months, and completed a de-radicalisation programme run by psychologist Fatima Akilu, the executive director of the Neem Foundation and founder of the Nigerian government’s de-radicalisation programme.

“I now see that all the things Boko Haram told us were lies,” Aisha said. “Now, when I listen to them on the radio, I laugh.”

The pull of power?

But, in May, less than five months after being released into the care of her family in north-eastern Maiduguri city, she returned to the forest hideout of Boko Haram.

Over the past five years, Dr Akilu has worked with former Boko Haram members – including some commanders, their wives and children – and with hundreds of women who were rescued from captivity.

“How women were treated when in Boko Haram captivity depends on which camp a woman was exposed to. It depends on the commander running the camp,” she said.

“Those who were treated better were the ones who willingly married Boko Haram members or who joined the group voluntarily and that’s not the majority. Most women did not have the same treatment.”

Aisha had boasted to me about the number of slaves she had while in the Sambisa forest, the respect she received from other Boko Haram commanders, and the strong influence she had over her husband. She even accompanied him to battle once.

“These were women who for the most part had never worked, had no power, no voice in the communities, and all of a sudden they were in charge of between 30 to 100 women who were now completely under their control and at their beck and call,” Dr Akilu said.

“It is difficult to know what to replace it with when you return to society because most of the women are returning to societies where they are not going to be able to wield that kind of power.”

Still in shock

Apart from loss of power, other reasons Dr Akilu believes could lead women to willingly return to Boko Haram include stigmatisation from a community which treats them like pariahs because of their association with the militants, and tough economic conditions.

"De-radicalisation is just one part of it. Reintegration is also a part of it. Some of them have no livelihood support built around them,” Dr Akilu said.

“The kind of support you have in de-radicalisation programmes does not follow you when you leave. They often come out successful from de-radicalisation programmes but they struggle in the community and it is that struggle that often leads them to go back,” she said.

Recently, I visited Aisha’s family, who were still in shock at her departure and worried about her wellbeing.

Her mother, Ashe, recalled at least seven former Boko Haram “wives” she knew, all friends of her daughter, who had returned to the Sambisa forest long before her daughter did.

“Each time one of them disappeared, her family came to our house to ask Aisha if she had heard from their daughter,” she said. “That’s how I knew.”

Some of the women kept in touch with Aisha after they returned to Boko Haram. Her younger sister, Bintu, was present during at least two phone calls.

“They told her to come and join them but she refused,” Bintu said. “She told them she didn’t want to go back.”

Life on track?

Unlike some former Boko Haram “wives” I’ve met, who are either struggling to survive harsh economic conditions or dealing with stigma, Aisha’s life seemed to be on track.

She was earning money from buying and selling fabric, regularly attending social events and posting photos of herself all primped up on social media, and had a string of suitors.

“At least five different men wanted to marry her,” her mother said, pointing out that there could be no greater form of acceptance shown to a woman, and presenting this as evidence that her daughter faced no stigma whatsoever from the community.

“One of the men lives in Lagos. She was thinking of marrying him,” she said.

But, everything went awry when Aisha received yet another phone call from the women who had returned to the forest, informing her that her Boko Haram “husband” was now with a woman who had been her rival.

From that day, the vivacious and gregarious Aisha became a recluse.

“She stopped going out or talking or eating,” Bintu said. “She was always sad.”

Two weeks later, she left home and did not return. Some of her clothes were missing. Her phones were switched off. She took the two-year-old son fathered by the commander in the Sambisa forest, but left the older one she had with the husband she divorced before her abduction.

“De-radicalisation is complicated by the fact that we have an active, ongoing insurgency. In cases where a group has reached settlement with the government and laid down their arms, it is easier,” Dr Akilu said. “But, when you have fathers, husbands, sons still in the movement, they want to be reunited, especially women.”

Asta, another former Boko Haram “wife”, told me that she has heard of the many women returning to the group, but has no plans to do so herself.

However, the 19-year-old described how terribly she misses her husband, and how keen she is to hear from him and to be reunited with him.

She insisted that she would not return to the forest, not even if he were to ask her. “I will tell him to come and stay here with us and live a normal life,” she said.

But as with Aisha, the desire to be with the man she yearns for may turn out to be more compelling for Asta than the aversion to a group responsible for the deaths of thousands of people in north-east Nigeria, and for the displacement of millions who are struggling to survive in refugee camps.

Source: BBC

Buhari: Checkout Five Things the President Promised to Do Since He Returned

Following President Muhammadu Buhari's return to Nigeria from London, here are a few things that the he has promised to do.
President Muhammadu Buhari
In a nationwide broadcast on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed joy to be back home after three months of medical vacation in London.

In the six-minute-17-second speech, the president promised to hit the ground running by doing the following:

1. Vows to fight for Nigeria’s unity

He said, “Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.”

2. Fight against quit notices

The President in his speech asserted that every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.

His words, “This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.”

3. To crush Boko Haram, other terrorists

He vowed that terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of Nigerians can live in peace and safety.

He added, “Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes.”

4. Economic security, political evolution

As the president settles to resume office, he promised to work on economic security, political evolution and integration.

He added, “Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of; economic security, political evolution and integration, as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.”

5. Fight against political mischief makers

The President said he would make sure no mischief maker succeeds in tearing the nation apart, asserting that, “we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against; ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.”

Forex: 700 BDCs Under Threat Over Low Patronage

The imbalance in the price of foreign exchange in the banks as well as BDC operators has affected the parallel market.

No fewer than 700 Bureau De Change operators have come under threat as purported uncompetitive exchange rate continues to hit their bottom line.

The President, Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, said the development had rendered the BDCs inactive at the Central Bank of Nigeria foreign exchange window.

This, he added, had put the sustainability of their business under serious threat. According to Gwadabe, the CBN sells dollars to the BDCs at a higher rate compared to what the regulator sells to commercial banks.

He said the development was affecting their business because both the BDCs and banks were targeting the same market segment and customers.

The BDCs, according to the ABCON president, buy dollar from the CBN at N360/$1 and sell to end users at N362/$1 while the regulator sells to commercial banks at N358/$1 and the banks sell to end users at N360/$1.

Gwadabe described the buying rate for the BDCs as uncompetitive and a big disincentive to many forex users to patronise the operators. He said there was a need for the CBN to begin the sale of forex to both the BDCs and banks at the same rate to enable both institutions to compete favourably.

The ABCON president said, “The CBN should be proactive enough to quickly review the BDC buying rate to ensure effective competition among all the stakeholders. There is no need to give the banks undue advantage over the BDCs as is currently the case based on the level of disparity seen in the dollar buying rate by both sectors. Nothing stops the CBN from ensuring that both the banks and the BDCs buy dollars at the same rate.”

He said the rate challenge faced by the BDCs, if not checked, would trigger a liquidity crisis that might derail the ongoing recovery of the naira against the dollar.

Gwadabe, however, stressed that the BDCs would continue to support the CBN’s determination to achieve exchange rate stability, and strengthen the value of the local currency against the dollar.

He also called on the CBN to increase the volume of personal travel allowances from $4,000 to $8,000; business travel allowances from $5,000 to $10,000; school fees from $5,000 to $20,000 and medicals from $5,000 to $15,000 quarterly to deepen liquidity in the market.

Ojukwu and I Agreed Nigeria 'Must Remain One and United' - President Buhari Talks Biafra on Live Broadcast

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, allegedly made reference to the late Biafran leader, Emeka Ojukwu, saying both of them agreed on the indivisibility of Nigeria as he talks the agitation for Biafra.
Ojukwu & Buhari
In a televised nationwide broadcast to Nigerians on Monday, August 21st, President Muhammadu Buhari, made reference to the late Biafran leader, Emeka Ojukwu, saying both of them agreed on the indivisibility of Nigeria.

Recall that between 1967 and 1970, the late Okemba of Nnewi, Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu led a breakaway Biafran nation into a civil war with the Nigerian government. Although the secession failed and Ojukwu would later contest to be president of Nigeria, there have been

In what appears to be a clear effort to douse the renewed agitations for a Biafran nation, particularly led by pan-Igbo groups like the Nnamdi Kanu-led Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) and MASSOB, Buhari warned that the country will no longer tolerate comments and actions that threaten the collective existence of Nigeria.

“Some of the comments especially on the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence. This is a step too far,” he said.

“In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analysed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.

“Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.”

While speaking further, the president also spoke on the quit order by some Northern youth to Igbos to leave northern Nigeria before October 1. He said;  “Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.”

The president added that, “This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.”

How My Daughter Was Killed For Money Ritual By Someone I Saw as My Cousin - Father Reveals (Photos)

The father of a little girl who was brutally murdered by an undergraduate student of University of Port Harcourt.
Ifeanyi Dike brutally murdered the little girl for ritual purposes
The father of the slain girl, Ernest Nmezuwuba whose daughter was killed for money rituals has revealed how the daughter was killed by a man he considered to be a part of his family.

Nmezuwuba was left in shock after a 200-level student of the University of Port Harcourt, Ifeanyi Dike last week abducted and murdered the man's 8-year-old girl, Victory Chikamso, for ritual purposes. Speaking with newsmen at the State Police Command on Saturday.

“I am from Ochiogwa, Imo State. The man who killed my daughter is like my brother, someone very close to me, I can call him my cousin. He resides at Eliozu. When I returned home on Friday, and learnt that my daughter was missing, I immediately began a search.
After the search became fruitless, I decided to report the matter to the police. This Ifeanyi (suspect) we are talking about is a habitual criminal. He committed a crime in a bank and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad caught him.

Then the in-law went and bailed him. So, around 1.30am, the security men ran to me and said that they had seen my daughter and that I should come and see the man that kidnapped my daughter.

I was in my shorts and I rushed to the place with the security agents. I was told that the person that killed my daughter was caught while carrying a load around 1.10am. The load was in a sack.
The policemen said when they confronted him, he said he wanted to take it to the dustbin. When I got there, I asked: where is my daughter? They showed me a sack.

As I opened it, I saw my daughter; I peeped and watched very well, the two eyes were off, the tongue was gone, one of the breasts was off, one of the fingers, the smaller one, was off. I watched at the centre here, he had carved it (vagina) out.

This boy decided to use my child for ritual. As I turned back and saw him, he (Dike) was looking at the ground. Immediately I saw him, I shouted, Ifeanyi, you killed by daughter. But he said it was not only him.”

Funke Akindele is Pregnant! Actress Steps Out With Huge Baby Bump (Photos)


Over the weekend, the Jenifa’s Diary actress stepped out for the Glo Lafta Fest rocking a baby bump and this has triggered major excitement among fans, especially those who followed the sad drama on social media after the founder of Mountain of Blessing and Miracle Church of Christ, Dr Olagorioye Faleyimu, said the actress would never have children in this lifetime.

In June, the actress’ husband JJC Skillz left a note on Instagram in which he hinted that Akindele may already be pregnant. But he later set the records straight, saying he was only tapping into the hallelujah challenge blessings.

Well, it turns out that the Funke Akindele is unmistakably pregnant, and though she has yet to speak since the new video surfaced, her fans are already celebrating on social media.

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Sad As Naira Falls Against The Dollar, See Current Value Of Naira

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Another doctor tests positive for Lassa fever at LUTH

Another doctor has tested positive for Lassa fever at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

She is among the doctors that first had close contact with the index case.

Yesterday, LUTH said, she had treatment and was expected to recover soon.

She is the fourth doctor to test positive for the disease; three other doctors, who earlier tested positive to the disease, LUTH Chief Medical Director (CMD) Prof Chris Bode, said, had been certified fit and discharged.

Bode said psychological and other supports had been provided for the patient adding that her family contacts were being closely monitored.

He said: “Seventy of the contacts being followed up have also been let off, having completed their period of observation.”

According to him, over 400 workers of the hospital attended a “special workshop” on viral haemorrhagic fever last Wednesday, during which various aspects of the contagious ailment were discussed.

The importance of a high index of suspicion; early diagnosis and referral were highlighted to medical workers who were also enjoined to observe universal precautions while attending to any patient who may be suspected of having Lassa fever, Bode said.

“There is a fully equipped response squad available round the clock to assess and take over the management of any suspected cases in the hospital,” he said.

The CMD added that various meetings have been held with doctors and other members of staff to reinforce these messages. Trainings have also been conducted and are ongoing for staff at the forefront of patients’ care.

He said: “Both the Federal Ministry of Health and the Lagos State Ministry of Health have supported LUTH with the provision of more drugs and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), follow-up services and decontamination.  Free hand sanitisers have been deployed to various wards.  An NGO (Ebola Containment Trust Fund) has provided 10 telephones and airtime for the use of our Lassa Fever Response Team in LUTH.

“The team has been beefed up by several volunteer staff who are working assiduously to overcome this dreaded disease and we are optimistic, buoyed by the successful discharge of those three doctors who had earlier tested positive.  An internal enquiry has been set up to audit possible breaches in established service protocols and any other reasons that resulted in the hospital personnel getting infected.”

Bode said the disease was gradually tapering off, “but we must remain vigilant while ongoing efforts are maintained to control the disease.”

President Sacks 3 Top Govt Officials Over 2017 Hajj Scam

Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma has sacked three top officials in his government over a major scandal involving arrangement of this year’s pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
Those sacked are Alhaji Sheka Kamara, Special Assistant, Social Affairs, Office of the President; Mr. Nurideen Sanko Yilla, Special Assistant, Political Affairs, Office of the President; and Alhaji M A Bah, Minister of State, Office of the Vice President.

They are part of the Hajj Committee headed by Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh tasked with overseeing selection of intending pilgrims to benefit from government funding.

It costs roughly $5000 for a return ticket to attend the Hajj in Saudi. Very few Sierra Leoneans can afford that.

Therefore, the government, with support from donors, usually provides scholarships to poor pilgrims who are supposed to be selected through stringent criteria.

However, instead of doing things the right way, they decided to monetize the program.

There were reports on social media on Saturday that the Hajj Committee of 2017 were been accused of asking people to pay half of the cost ($2,500) to get their names included in the list.

The report also said non-Sierra Leonean nationals from Guinea and Mali have had their names included in the list, apparently have paid for the price.

The Presidency has announced an inquiry into the scam and ordered the officials, who currently are in Saudi Arabia, to return back to Sierra Leone.

15 years of talking to the feigned deaf

Economic Renaissance by Henry Boyo

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Tomorrow, August 22, 2017, will make it 15 years since the advocacy, ceaselessly canvassed in this column, for a payment reform that will regenerate and rapidly propel inclusive economic growth, was first presented to government.

Incidentally, an  earlier casual  discussion of such a proposal at an “old school boys” meeting, unexpectedly, led to an invitation to make a presentation  to the National Economic Intelligence Committee, with Prof Ibrahim Ayagi, as  chairman. Despite the short notice, a paper titled, “A liberalised foreign market and economic benefits”, was co-authored with a colleague, Adaighofua Ojomaikre, a kindred spirit on this matter. The solution proffered, in that paper, was later discussed during our visit to NEIC’s Abuja office on August 22, 2002.

In retrospect, the NEIC team seemed in accord with our analysis that the subsisting, primitive, payment model, adopted   by government, was the primary cause of our weak economy, despite increasingly more bountiful export revenue. Nonetheless, Ayagi personally  wondered if our prescription was in current application anywhere.  The NEIC team was obviously startled by the response that no successful economy, that we knew, consciously captured export revenue, as our government presently does, and then proceeds to create an estimated local currency equivalent as a replacement for such revenue before sharing and spending. Inexplicably, the same government turns round to auction their forex booty in a market that is already disturbingly suffocated with excess naira liquidity.

Ultimately, the NEIC chairman agreed that the committee would consider our paper in future discussions with then President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Regrettably, however, there was no feedback thereafter from NEIC. Consequently, in an attempt to spur the agency into action, additional copies of the same paper were printed and sent directly by courier, with cover letters in October 2002, to President Olusegun Obasanjo and some critical cabinet members, including the finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the education minister, the Secretary to Government of the Federation and the then CBN Governor, Joseph Sanusi.

Sadly, there was similarly no response from the President’s office; so, in another letter dated March 8, 2003 to NEIC, we drew attention to the CBN’s 2002 “Macro-economic review” which indicated that “the year (2002) recorded continued excessive growth in monetary aggregates, relative to set targets”. Consequently, we concluded, in our letter, that with inflation at over 13 per cent and a chronic liquidity overhang, with heavy unemployment, the outlook invariably will remain bleak, since the CBN has not proposed any new policy thrust.”

In the same letter, we also observed that “the several unfavourable economic indicators merely represent symptoms and complications of an already, correctly diagnosed disease, namely, excess liquidity.” We also noted that, “it has been amply demonstrated that excess liquidity in Nigeria today, is self-inflicted, as it is traceable to the faulty translation of hard currency revenue into the domestic economy”. We therefore advised that “no serious country abuses and debases its currency in that manner.”

 In view of our earlier experience with regard to feedback, NEIC’s prompt response to our letter of March 8, clearly came as a surprise; an excerpt from the rather terse response dated March 25, 2002 is as follows:

“The National Economic Intelligence Committee acknowledges, receipt of your letter dated March 8, 2003, on the above subject matter (i.e.) Liberalisation of the forex market.) “The NEIC notes that you have already contacted Mr. President and the Governor of the Central Bank, on the same subject matter. This development forecloses further consideration of your proposal by the Committee until Mr. President concludes his consultation on the matter.”

Curiously, there was no acknowledgement, or response whatsoever, from members of the Federal Executive Council who received our paper. Nonetheless, the CBN’s Director of Research, Dr. O.J. Nnana, sent a long winding response; part of the conclusion in Nnana’s letter dated November 29, 2002 reads as follows:

“We are, however, very sceptical on the level of trust that you put on the various tiers of government regarding your proposal to fund their accounts in foreign exchange under your proposed ‘warrant system’. We hope it would not be another source of capital flight and a free run on the external reserves and the naira exchange rate.”

The director’s response was clearly a mischievous deflection, as the present payment model has continued to support rampant currency round-tripping and accommodates huge liberal forex leakages and capital flight, with the CBN’s financially reckless sales of official dollars to the Bureau de Change, despite the obvious financial security implications of such practice.

Nonetheless, Ojomaikre and I refused to be deterred by the unfortunate lack of interest from a government team that seemed so self-assured in their capacity to properly manage the economy, even when the critical indices of inflation, cost of funds, exchange rate stability and unemployment rates clearly remained out of sync with tested models for sustained, inclusive economic growth anywhere.

Consequently, we proceeded to Channels Television in Ikeja, where we asked to speak to anyone, a progressive payment reform that would revitalise and transform Nigeria’s economy. A copy of our paper was eventually left with the station’s economic correspondent. Unexpectedly, barely three days thereafter, the TV station invited this writer to elaborate on some aspects of our paper, which had resonated in that day’s news bulletin.

Curiously, despite the frequency of alternate media invitations that followed thereafter, the CBN, that is invariably the acknowledged villain, in the disruptive and disenabling payment system, that has continued to impoverish us, has kept mute and clearly refused to be drawn into any debate or explanation of the disastrous anti-people impact of its convoluted monetary strategy that seemed to unduly favour the banking sector and their collaborators, at the expense of the rest of us.

However, in November 2004, this writer was invited to the Vanguard newspaper office, in Kirkiri, Lagos. It was, certainly, my first meeting with veteran journalist and renowned publisher, Mr. Sam Amuka, a.k.a Uncle Sam, who offered a lunch treat in the staff canteen, before inviting me to write on those issues that he had seen and heard me discuss passionately and consistently on several media platforms. I, thought he meant a one-off article, but he insisted, despite my protest, that I did not have the tenacity and discipline of a regular columnist, that he actually expected a weekly column. I was, probably, flattered by what I thought was blind faith in my ability, but Uncle Sam was sure I could do it, and it became difficult to refuse. Eventually, my first article, “The mother and father of fuel subsidy,” was published in Vanguard newspaper on November 22, 2004. The Daily Independent and The PUNCH newspapers also joined in syndicating the column on May 3, 2005 and December 23, 2011 respectively.

Regrettably, in spite of over 700 articles in the print media, since 2002, with hundreds of interviews in both print and electronic media and pro-bono presentations to several trade groups, including the NLC, TUC, MAN, LCCI and the academia, government and its economic team have remained defiant to the call for progressive economic change, even when excess liquidity  still remains prominently unyielding. Invariably, inflation has  also sadly climbed from 13 per cent in 2002 to over 16 per cent today, while cost of funds to businesses is oppressively well above 20 per cent. Meanwhile, the naira is also comatose, with youth unemployment rate, alarmingly, exceeding 25 per cent! Will they ever learn?

Nonetheless, it will be a disservice to Nigeria and other African nations with similar liquidity challenge to halt the 15 years advocacy for the CBN to release its stranglehold on the foreign exchange market. The thought that this odious deceit and the collateral of extreme mass poverty will persist is personally heart-breaking. I don’t know about you!

Every Nigerian has the right to live anywhere, Says Buhari

President to fight Boko Haram, kidnapping, herdsmen/farmers clashes

To those issuing ultimatum to other ethnic groups living in their community, President Muhammadu Buhari this morning issued a stern warning.

Every Nigerian has a right to live anywhere in the country.

The President, who returned from 103-day medical vacation in London on Saturday, told Nigerians in a broadcast that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable.

While he was away, a group of Arewa youths issued an October 1 ultimatum to southeasterners living in the North to quit or face eviction.

The President said this morning: “Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.

“I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.

“Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.”

He added: “This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.”

The President said: “The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse.

“The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart.”

He recalled his encounter with the leader of the failed Biafra Republic, the late Chief Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in 2003.   “After I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analysed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.”

Buhari went on: “I am charging the security agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.

“Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.

“Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against;

“Elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets

“.Kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes, in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.

“Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of; economic security, political evolution and integration as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.

“I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained. I am so glad to be home.”

The President thanked Nigerians for the support and prayers.

“I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.

“In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.”
 
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