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Friday, 27 May 2016

Mourinho's First Interview As Manchester United's Coach. [VIDEO]

Newly appointed manager, Jose Mourinho, has promised to give his all to the club and ensure they win trophies.

See video of his first interview after signing Manchester United contract below:

SEE LIST Of President Buhari's Inactive Ministers After one Year In Office

President Muhammadu Buhari on November 11, 2015, swore in the ministers who will make up his cabinet at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The tough ex-military commander took the mantle of leadership from Goodluck Jonathan on May 29, 2015, after April 2015 general elections – the fist time a sitting president will lose a bid. But, ever since President Buhari inaugurated his cabinet, some ministers fared well, while some are considered inactive. Below are the names of these inactive Ministers (excluding Ministers of states).
  1. 1. Minister of Education: Adamu Adamu
    2. Minister of Industry, Trade And Investment: Okechukwu Enelemah - The environment has not been conducive for Investors.
    3. Minister of Labour And Employment: Chris Ngige – Nothing from Ngige other than reports that he allegedly collapsed while defending the budget of his ministry before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Labour.
    4. Minister of Budget and National Planning: Udoma Udo Udoma – he could better be described as Minister of 'padded' budget.
    5. Minister of Niger Delta Affairs: Usani Uguru – With the recent crisis that rocks the Delta region, coupled with the blasts of oil industries, Mr. Uguru hasn't been pro-active enough to stop this problem.
    6. Minister of Water Resources: Suleiman Adamu
    7. Minister of Science and Technology: Ogbonnaya Onu
    8. Minister of Women Affairs: Aisha Alhassan. In fact, the Taraba born politician is said to be currently receiving treatment secretly in the United States.
    9. Minister of TransportationChibuike Amaechi – The former governor of Rivers state has only been travelling up and down with President Mohammadu Buhari.
    10. Interior Minister: Abdulrahman Dambazzau
    11. FCT Minister: Mohammed Bello

    President Buhari has recently said Nigerians should pass a verdict on the performance of his appointed officials during the administration’s first year in office so that he will know if he should change them. Will this work? Well, time will tell.

You Won't Believe What this 18-Year-Old Boy Did to Himself After He Crashed a New Car His Parents Bought

A young man who was too scared to tell his parents about how he crashed the new car they bought for him, has opted for a tragic way out of his nightmare.

Ruslan Gutu, a teenage gymnast was found hanged in the woods after telling his girlfriend how worried he was about telling his parents he had crashed the brand new car they had bought him.

According to Daily Mail, the boy's girlfriend, Athena La told the coroner that Ruslan Gutu, was 'shaking' as he told her he was worried about how he would pay for the damage to his car after crashing it into a Land Rover.

Later on, he was found hanged in nearby woodland in his hometown in Bracknell, Berkshire, hours after sending his mother a chilling text saying soon he would be 'watching from above'.

Miss La said: 'He told me he had been driving his car which was new and had crashed it into a Land Rover. He was shaking as he told me. It was brand new and he seemed really worried.

'He didn't want to tell his parents and he was worried about how he was going to pay for the damage.

'The car seemed to be the only worry but he said he was lonely. I told him he had his family, me and his friends. When I mentioned his friends he became quite upset. I think he had alienated them due to his changes in mood.

'He asked me if I had any rope or paracetamol and asked how much paracetamol it would take to overdose. I told him he was being stupid. He left at around 6am.'

Ruslan's body was later discovered by a park ranger who was accompanying a tree surgeon at the area in Bracknell, Berkshire, near where he lived.

Toxicology tests confirmed a small amount of the drug methadone was found in his body but the coroner ruled it had not affected his judgement.

A statement from his mother, Aliana, was read out by assistant Berkshire coroner Ravi Sidhu.

It said: 'At around midnight he (Ruslan) sent me a text message saying he was staying at a girl's house.

'At around 6am I received a text from him saying 'I am sorry to have left you with everything but it is better this way. I will be watching from above. I don't know why he would take his own life.'

Ranger Mark Symmons said: 'I saw a figure below the trees which I initially thought was a mannequin but I saw its head at a strange angle so I thought that maybe it was a person with a disability. As I walked closer I realised the person was dead.'

Police cut down the 18-year-old and paramedics at the scene confirmed he had died.

Coroner Mr Sidhu said: 'He made reference to rope, to being low in mood and I don't think the impact of the road traffic collision can be discounted and the degree with which he will have been worried about telling his parents. He was concerned and I did think that affected him.

'There is enough evidence to record that he took his own life. It was an untimely death at just 18 years old.'

Bracknell Gymnastics Club, where Ruslan was a member, paid tribute to him in the days after his death.

It said: 'The club is deeply saddened to report the passing of Ruslan Gutu. Ruslan was one of the most talented people to ever grace our club and competed as part of the original Kites (Junior Boys TeamGym).

'Even after he left the club he would drop in and say hello from time to time to show off his skills or just to support his little brother.

'We are so sorry for their loss and will cherish our memories of Ruslan.'

Your pains will soon be over – Amosun tell Nigerians

The Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has declared that the federal system of government being practised in Nigeria is fraudulent.
This was part of the governor’s commemorative lecture for the celebration of 2016 democracy day in Abeokuta on Thursday, with the theme: ‘Democracy in Nigeria, the pains, the gains: Ogun example’. The event was put together by the State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, as part of activities to mark the Democracy Day.
The Governor posited that the resources allocated to the Federal Government when compared to what was being allocated to the states was quite disproportionate, given the fact that states had more responsibilities than the centre.
He said, “The federalism enshrined in our constitution is an important area of our democracy. But do we have a good federalism in Nigeria? What we have in Nigeria has been described as fraudulent federalism, because a federalism that put all the power, all the levy and all the money at the centre but put all the responsibility at the state is not a good federalism.
“Today in Nigeria, the Federal Government takes 74 per cent of the wealth of the nation, the 36 states and Abuja share 26 per cent.
“But the states are given all the bureau agencies. So, there is pain. Ogun State, as an example, has 70 bureau agencies, most of these agencies require the state to support their activities financially.”
Amosun, who was represented at the event by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, pointed out that all levels of governance in the country had gone through the pains and gains of democratic rule in the past 16 years.
He however expressed optimism that as the country progressed, the fledgling democracy in the country would continue to be refined.
He said, “Whether it is perfect or imperfect, let us continue to refine it and refine it until it gets to an acceptable level.”
The Governor explained that the story of the country’s new democratic experience would be incomplete without mentioning the names of the late acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He praised immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat even before the presidential election results were announced, without recourse to violence or the intrigues of election tribunal.
Amosun called on Nigerians to endure the present economic hardship confronting the country, adding that their pains would soon be over.
He said, “As the saying of the elders that when our mothers are going into the labour room, they are usually in so much pain but after the baby is born, they will smile. By God’s grace, that will be the story of Nigeria at the end of the day.”

Gay S*x 'Disgusts Allah and Causes Earthquakes' - Popular Muslim Cleric Insists

A popular Muslim cleric has revealed that gay s*x disgusts Allah and that indulging in it causes earthquakes.

A Muslim cleric in Ghana has made a shocking revelation as he defended rising attacks on homosexuals in the country after claiming gay s*x 'disgusts Allah' and 'causes earthquakes'.

According to a report by News Ghana, Mallam Abass Mahmud made the shocking comment while trying to justify the hostility among Zongo communities in Kumasi and the capital Accra towards people in same-s*x relationships.


He said in an interview: 'Allah gets annoyed when males engage in sexual encounter and such disgusting encounter causes earthquake.'

It has been gathered that many gay men in the region have fled their homes to avoid being attacked.

Mahmud said Allah destroyed the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah 'as the result of homosexuality'.

The cleric added: 'Should we allow such a shame to continue in our communities against our holy teachings?

'Certainly no, and we are very happy to chase away such idiots from our Zongo communities.'

Homesexuality in Ghana is illegal, it is highly condemned as the people do not have tolerance for people associated with such sexual behaviour.

Ghana criminalizes sodomy, under the country’s law, a “person who has unnatural carnal knowledge with another person of not less than sixteen years of age with the consent of that other person commits a misdemeanor,” an offense punishable on conviction by a maximum three-year prison term. 'Unnatural carnal knowledge' involves 'sexual intercourse with a person in an unnatural manner' and requires 'the least degree of penetration.”

Nigerian Accused Of Being A Terrorist By Foreign Government

A Nigerian closely connected to a notorious group of British Islamists has been stripped of his UK citizenship amid fears he would return to London to execute a Paris-style massacre, a court has heard.
The man, known only as L2 for legal reasons, was deemed such a national security threat by Home Secretary Theresa May that she personally signed an order removing his British nationality in 2013, it has emerged.
He was in Nigeria at the time, where he remains with family. He is now challenging Theresa May’s decision at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) in London.
At the hearing on Tuesday, an unnamed secret services agent referred to as ‘EZ’, told the court that during his time in Britain, L2 had been a member of the now banned group of radicals, al Muhajiroun.
Agent EZ said that through his other experiences L2, who is understood to maintain Nigerian citizenship, was also directly associated with close friends of Lee Rigby’s killer, Michael Adebolajo, and Mohammed Emwazi, or “Jihadi John”.
He also said L2 had fought for Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) against French forces in Mali and it was largely as a result of this assessment that a move was made to “prevent L2 returning to the UK”.
“We were trying to prevent L2 bringing back the expertise he would have learnt with AQIM and so a deprivation order was the best course to take,” he told Siac.
Recent events such as last year’s Paris attacks suggest extremists are returning to conduct their jihad in Europe, he said, including “instances where individuals from the UK have travelled overseas and returned to conduct attacks”.
The Bureau is covering the case as part of a long running investigation into the Government’s counter terrorism powers and the use of secret evidence in courts such as Siac.
The second day of L2’s appeal today was held in closed session for secret evidence to be presented to the judges by the Home Office lawyers. Neither L2 nor his lawyers are allowed to hear it.
During the open session on Tuesday, the intelligence agent described various links between L2 and known extremists.
He said that in 2007, L2 had been in Turkey where he “engaged in terror related activity” with Ali Adorus, a close associate of Emwazi. Adorus, now in an Ethiopian prison for terror related offences, was questioned alongside the IS executioner in 2009 when they travelled to Tanzania together for a “safari”.
After returning from Turkey, L2 spent “a chunk of time” in a UK prison, sometime between 2007 and 2011 for possessing a handgun, the court heard.
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Ibrahim Hassan (left) and Shah Jalal Hussein (right)
Allegedly, it was while he was in jail that he met Ibrahim Hassan,a known extremist who was friends with Lee Rigby killer Michael Adebolajo. Hassan was arrested two days after the 2013 Woolwich murder and later jailed for three years for encouraging terrorism.
Siac heard that after L2 was released from prison he attended al Muhajiroun meetings and demonstrations.
The agent also said L2 worked at Master Printers in Tower Hamlets, east London – a printing shop raided by police in 2011 over suspicions of links to al Muhajiroun.
He said that at Master Printers, L2 worked alongside Shah Jalal Hussein, who was tried in 2014 for disseminating terrorist propaganda and jailed for three years.
Their association was “not just through their employment”, the agent said.
L2 and Hussein knew each other because they were both founding members of proscribed terrorist organisation Minbar Ansar Deen.
The court heard how L2 tried to register a domain name for the organisation on the internet.
The security services witness said L2 was also a close associate of al Muhajiroun member Afsor Ali, who was jailed for owning a bomb making guide and al Qaeda propaganda in August 2014.
In cross-examination, Hugh Southey QC, barrister for L2, said his client denied being a member of either al Muhajiroun or Minbar Ansar Deen, merely that he was acquainted with members.
Southey added that Minbar Ansar Deen was “essentially just a website” which L2 strongly denies ever visiting.
However, the agent said their assessment was that he was a member, but that he could only give their evidence for that in a closed hearing.
The agent also told the court of the circumstances leading up to Theresa May’s decision in November 2013.
He said L2 flew to Morocco with his wife in 2012, and then travelled overland to Nigeria – passing through Mali, where he was assessed to have fought with Al Qaeda against French and Maliantroops during the civil war.
Southey said L2 denies this. He said L2 says he and his wife went to Nigeria because she was pregnant and it was cheaper for them to go overland to a maternity hospital in Nigeria than to return to the UK.
But the intelligence agent suggested that account “lacks credibility… it’s a very very long journey through desert and war torn country” for a pregnant woman to make, he said.
Despite being known to the police for five years – and travelling to the US for “tourist purposes” in that time – it wasn’t until L2 lost his passport in Nigeria and applied for a new one so he could return to the UK that the Home Secretary acted.
This week’s case in Siac was almost derailed at the start of the hearing when L2 wrote to the court saying he wanted nothing to do with his appeal and was “boycotting the trial”.
“You can do as you wish with me and grant me no respite”, he wrote, according to Jonathan Glasson QC, Home Office barrister, who read aloud from the letter in court.
L2 later confirmed he wanted his case to proceed.
The case continues.

Report: Five policemen missing

THE Rivers State Police Command on Friday declared five policemen missing after an ambush by unknown gunmen on Wednesday at Okujagu waterways in Okrika Local Government Area.
The command also announced the arrest of 53 suspects in connection with the missing policemen.
State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Muhammad, said in a statement that the policemen were part of a team that were on a routine police inquiry when they were attacked before they could disembark from the boat conveying them.
Muhammad explained that six policemen, comprising two inspectors and four other officers were initially missing while Inspector Aferuan Imoukhuede was rescued a day after.
“The Rivers State Police Command has announced the missing of five policemen who along with other colleagues were ambushed in the early hours of Wednesday 25/05/2016 at the Okujagu community, Okrika Local Government Area.
“The policemen went to Okujagu community on a routine police inquiry when they were ambushed by unknown gunmen before they could disembark from the boat that ferried them, they were bombarded with a barrage of heavy gunfire which forced them to scamper for cover.
“By the time the firing ended, six policemen comprising two inspectors and four other rank and file could not be accounted for but a day after Inspector Aferuan Imoukhuede, who was among the missing policemen, was rescued.
“Sting operations by the command are still on the top gear to rescue the remaining five missing policemen. Fifty-three suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently undergoing interrogation,” he added.
Muhammad, however, disclosed that the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Musa Kimo, had set up a “high-powered” investigative panel headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Investigation Department, to unravel the circumstances surrounding the entire incident.

Big Clubs Need Big Managers-Mourinho

Jose Mourinho boasted that giant clubs needed the best managers as he took over at Manchester United on Friday.
Mourinho said he wanted to bury the past three years at Old Trafford, which saw David Moyes and then his own mentor Louis van Gaal struggle to emulate the title-studded success achieved by legendary manager Alex Ferguson.
“I feel great,” Mourinho said in an interview filmed in London on Thursday and aired Friday on the club’s television channel.
“It comes in the right moment in my career because Manchester United is one of these clubs where you need really to be prepared for it because it is what I used to call a giant club.
“Giant clubs must be for the best managers and I think I’m ready for it.”
United officially appointed the former Chelsea, Real Madrid, Porto and Inter Milan boss on Friday after three days of contract negotiations.
The 53-year-old Portuguese said he wanted to forget the lean years under Moyes and Van Gaal and think about the club’s illustrious history.
The Red Devils have won 20 English league titles, 12 FA Cups, three European Cup/Champions League titles and the World Club Cup.
“We can look at our club now into two perspectives: one perspective is the past three years and another perspective is the club history,” he said.
“I think I prefer to forget the past three years. I think I prefer to focus on the giant club I have in my hands now.”
Mourinho said his aim of winning top trophies at Old Trafford was realistic and pledged he would give everything he had to achieve it.
“What the players need to listen is: I want to win,” he said.
“I need the supporters and the players to feel I say that, but I think we can — really.”
He said he would “give what I have, and what I don’t have — so I will give absolutely everything to try and go in the direction we all want”.
Mourinho said an “empathy” had built up between him and the club’s fans over the years in which he brought opposing teams to Old Trafford.
“I think I know what they can give me. I think also they know what I can give them,” he said.
“I’m happy, I’m proud, I’m honoured, I’m everything.”

HORRIBLE! Ghastly Accident Claims Lives Of Children

Four people have been reportedly killed in a fatal road accident on Thursday at about 3:28pm at Narabi village, along Bauchi-Jos Federal Highway.
A 16-month-old baby was said to be among those that lost their lives, while eight other people sustained injuries.
The Spokesman for the Bauchi State Police Command, Haruna Mohammed, in a statement made available to journalists in Bauchi on Friday, stated that the accident occurred when a fully loaded Daf Truck, red in colour, with REG number XA 149 PKM driven by one Mohammed Ali of Potiskum, lost control at Narabi town, hit Four vehicles and knocked down pedestrians.
Mohammed, added that the deceased are “Amina Mohammed, female, (47) of Jingre ward in Kaduna State, Ummi Ibrahim, female, (18), a Fifteen months old baby yet unknown and, Nahemia Lamiri, male, (48) of Potiskum.”He said, “Police Patrol teams attached to Toro division visited the scene and rushed the wounded to General Hospital Toro for treatment while four victims including two women, 16-months-old baby and one passenger were certified dead by a medical doctor.”
He said that three Corpses had been released to their relatives for burial after postmortem examinations were conducted, while eight other victims are responding to treatment.
He said the cause of the accident is still being investigated.

16-year-old Girl Miraculously Escapes Boko Haram Camp in Sambisa Forest

It is tears of joy and happiness for parents of a 16-year-old girl who miraculously escaped from Boko Haram camp in Sambisa Forest.

A 16-year-old girl kidnapped with her 1-month-old baby by Boko Haram has successfully escaped from the terrorist group's camp. The girl was kidnapped from her home in northern Cameroon 18 months ago, taken to Nigeria, married off to an extremist fighter and then trained to be a suicide bomber.

According to AFP, the girl succeeded in escaping Boko Haram last week when the Nigerian military launched a raid on a Boko Haram camp. She wandered through Sambisa Forest in northeastern Nigeria for several days until, tired, weak and hungry, she was found by members of a local defense group fighting the extremists, who handed her over to Cameroon's military, said Midjiyawa Bakary governor of the Far North region of Cameroon.

Narrating her story, she said: "When the Nigerian army attacked the Boko Haram camp where we were, there was confusion everywhere and I escaped to the forest where I walked for a week and handed myself to the first people I saw."

The Cameroonian girl was on Sunday reunited with her parents but her daughter, she said tearfully, had been left with the man she was forced to marry after her kidnapping.

"I was taken to a prison in a cave where we were locked up for three weeks and then distributed to men. We were given food every morning to prepare for our husbands," she said in the local Hausa and Fulfulde languages through an interpreter. "Every afternoon we were asked to pray and vow that we would remain obedient."

She said she and many other girls were trained to be suicide bombers. "They took us two times every week and gave us lessons on how to detonate bombs. We were told if we died while defending Allah's cause against evil men, we shall be received in paradise." she said

She was welcomed back to the village by crowds of people, including government officials and traditional rulers. Her 52-year-old father was overjoyed at seeing her again.

"I am grateful to all those who fought hard for the release of my daughter. As you can see, all of Tourou is very happy that she is back, even though her 2-year old daughter is not here with us.
"Our immediate plight now is how to have her treated because she looks tired and very sick." He is quoted by AFP as saying.

The girl is now in need of medical attention as she tries to recover from the trauma.

Amaechi: 51 Garlands to the New Face of Democracy in Nigeria

By Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

PREAMBLE

My good friend and political leader, Minister of Transportation, Rt  Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who piloted with other great Nigerians the ousting of the last looting PDP Administration under the watch of Dr Goodluck Jonathan that ruined and brought our country to her knees, will by this Friday, May 27, 2016 clock 51. Silver and gold have I none to give this man of the moment but, at least, I can pay him a tribute by chronicling how he emerged from humble circumstances to become one of the shapers of modern Nigerian politics within his first 51 years of sojourn on earth. This enigma of a man, whose antics and antecedents in politics defers proper definition is, to most watchers of political evolution of Nigeria, the ‘new face’ of Nigeria politics, while to others he is one of the main pillars in which the administration of the no-nonsense and czar of anti-corruption virus in Nigeria relies upon. As a close friend who has watched him from close quarters over a long period of time, I will attempt to expose what makes him tick politically, and how he piloted the unseating of a sitting president and a political party that prided itself as the largest in Africa.
This mystery man’s tie with the destiny of Rivers State is mysterious and different from that of any other political leader from the state. He is the only political leader so far who has played a key role in shaping the political future of the state, who shares the same birthday with the state. Whilst he was born on May 27, 1965, Rivers State was created two years after, on May 27, 1967, by the administration of General Yakubu Gowon. This, somehow, underscores why his commitment towards the emancipation and development of the state is total and unique.


With this devilment, one can easily understand why Amaechi is so much attached to the future of most children of this nation, through offer of qualitative and free education from primary to the highest level of education and the affairs of his beloved State, Rivers.


Another unique thing about this great leader is that he shares the same date with the day on which Nigeria celebrates Children’s Day. Inspired by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Federal Government of Nigeria decided in 1964 – a year to the birth of Amaechi – to set aside May 27 every year as Nigeria’s Children’s Day. On this special day, the whole nation celebrates the Nigerian Child and the Federal Government declares a public holiday for schools across the country. The day is usually marked with fanfare: featuring dances, singing by children in colourful dresses and youth parades considered by many as the highlights of the day.


Governor Amaechi’s Humble Beginnings

The family of Amaechi in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, was on May 27, 1965 blessed with the birth of a son who unbeknownst to all would become a force to reckon with in Nigeria’s political firmament even before his 501st birthday. He was named Chibuike, which means ‘God is all Powerful’ and Rotimi, an abridged version of Oluwadurotimi, meaning ‘the Lord stands by me’, while Amaechi means ‘who knows tomorrow?’ Remember the popular phrase, what is in a name? One does not need to be a sage to know that all the meanings embedded in his name are playing out in the acts and arts of politics in Amaechi’s life.

Amaechi, as he himself has unequivocally said on several occasions, was not born into opulence. As a child his family experienced real hardship and he admits going through several challenges that have helped to shape his perception of life. His determination to ensure equal access to education for every Rivers child and bridge the gap between the privileged and underprivileged children in the state is unprecedented. Whenever the occasion demands, Amaechi would not hesitate to point out that though he came from an underprivileged background, his was a modest family that inculcated in him the virtues of honesty, humility and sheer doggedness to succeed.

To give an insight into some of the experiences he had to go through in order to be educated and which perhaps may very well be the reason behind his passion to provide free education for all children in the state, rich and poor during his period s Governor of Rivers State, Amaechi said in an interview: “I don’t know how many people in my cabinet that could have experienced poverty like I did. I grew up at No.18, Chibu Street. I moved from there to Nnamdi Azikwe. Later, I lived with one of my friends in one of the creek villages near Port Harcourt. And I knew that my parents suffered a lot. With tears, they were looking for money to pay for my school fees, buy me uniforms, bags and all that. When I was in the university, I used to tell the girls that ‘none of you looked at my face because I was wearing one shirt, one pair of trousers almost every day with a sandal’. On Fridays, we would wash it and we wouldn’t move out at all on Saturday to enable it dry; Sam Okah and myself. Then it would dry on Saturday, but on Sunday, we were back to life; wearing the same shirt and the same trousers. How many of those in the cabinet passed through that?” This is the pathetic story of the man that is driven by unquenchable passion for a better Rivers State.

Amaechi’s Rise to Power and Legacy as Governor of Rivers State

Amaechi became Governor of Rivers State in October 2007, after his previous position as Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly from 1999 to 2007. He successfully sought re-election as River State Governor on April 26, 2011.

An alumnus of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), Amaechi is resolutely committed to ensuring that education is received without much burden in terms of finance to parents and guardians. This he has demonstrated during his days as the Governor of Rivers State through the free education policy of his administration, including the provision of free uniforms, free sandals, free books, free hand bags and free tuition in the primary schools, while in the secondary schools, the government offers free uniform, free bags, free books, free boarding and free sandals. This may well be his own special way of living up to his birthday which coincides with the Children’s Day!

Amaechi’s massive investment in education that includes free education and overseas training for scholarship students clearly shows his desire for a better tomorrow for children, as there is no gainsaying the fact that education is the bedrock of the development of any society.

Amaechi redefined the art of politics and governance in Nigeria when he introduced free education and free healthcare programmes in Rivers State and within a space of five years created over 50,000 jobs to reduce the menace of unemployment, poverty and insurgency in the country. His administration started creating employment opportunities when he assumed office in 2007 by building over 140 Primary Health Centres, 23 model Secondary Schools that can compete with any modern university in Nigeria and over 300 Model Primary Schools. Each of these projects attracts about 100 workers.

Though, the incumbent Governor of Rivers State, Chief Wike whose rise to that exalted office through the innocent blood of Rivers State people are well documented, he has erased and reversed all the Amaechi’s feats in education through stopping the Amaechi’s Scholarship Scheme, abolishing the free education and turning all the great schools built by Amaechi into dustbin centres. Wike’s anti education policy notwithstanding, Amaechi’s investment in education in Rivers State stands out in the country. The awards the State has earned in this regard bear this out.

Apart from education, Governor Amaechi has also made massive infrastructural investments around the State, road projects, schools, health centres, rural electrification, ongoing monorail project, rural development, land reclamation, implementation of the Greater Port Harcourt Master Plan and, most importantly, the sustenance of relative peace and security evident in the continued attraction and influx of foreign investors to the State. Amaechi stands as the only African Leader to have constructed 60 health centres, donated to 60 communities. His astute leadership in striving for financial transparency, accountability and inclusive governance has earned the State a lot of accolades, numerous awards and recognitions by international bodies and corporations, including the ability to attract a B+/AA Fitch investment rating to the State, boost economic and structural development as well as enhance content development in all sectors of Rivers State.

As Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Amaechi was Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria (1999 - 2000). He was the first to serve two terms as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), recently handing over to a new leadership in view of the fact that his constitutionally allowed two terms as Governor is about to end. He has received the prestigious national award of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).

Amaechi bagged the Sun Newspaper Man of the Year Award in 2007 and the Compass Newspaper Award for Security in 2008. The Governor of the Year 2009 Award was presented to him at the Leadership Award for Excellence - 2009 and he was the Vanguard Personality of the Year for 2012. Amaechi’s international recognitions include his decoration last year as an Associate Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Training & Research (UNITAR), Geneva, Switzerland.

To many people Amaechi is the creator of modern Rivers State only comparable to the creator of the old Rivers State, HRH Alfred Diete-Spiff. This is the inescapable conclusion when one takes time to study Amaechi’s feats in the infrastructure change and revolution taking place in Rivers State today that includes creating the new Port Harcourt Mega City that has one of the best modern stadiums and other edifices only obtainable in modern cities of Europe.

Not minding how Chief Nyesome Wike has turned Rivers State into a killing field where human lives worth nothing but for the records, Amaechi during his days Rivers State Governor succeeded in rescuing Rivers State from the hands of militants, whose activities made Port Harcourt to be described as the third most dangerous city in the world as at 2007 when Amaechi took over as Governor. He has since made the city an investors’ haven and has placed it prominently on the international map as the first African city to become the World Book Capital.

His government has created the Banana Farms that have created jobs for over 2,000 persons, and revived Risonpalm, which was dead when he came in, and it has employed over 5,000 workers. The Songhai Farm has employed over 2,000 workers, while five Fish Farms in strategic locations have been completed.

Amaechi’s Role in PDP’s Downfall and the Making of the Buhari Presidency

The desperation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Leadership to completely destroy Amaechi led to his departure, alongside six other PDP Governors, to form the New PDP, with five of them later joining the mega opposition political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). Explaining why he joined APC, Governor Amaechi said: “Unfortunately, recent events within the PDP have given me reason to reconsider our collective interest as people of the South South and indeed as Rivers people. At various times, as the one whom you gave your mandate, I had cause to complain about the marginalisation of our State and our people despite our huge contribution to the national coffers and our unflinching commitment and support for the ruling PDP. While the political and economic importance of Rivers State cannot be contested, we continue to hold the shorter end of the stick.

“A few instances may suffice: Our demand that the Federal Government return oil wells belonging to Rivers State to us has gone unheeded and been treated with levity under this administration. Rather, our oil wells have been ceded to Bayelsa, Abia and Akwa Ibom states. Even after we got a judgment that the oil wells were wrongly ceded to Akwa Ibom State and should be returned to us; only dry wells that were no longer producing oil were returned.

 “In the specific case of the Soku oil wells, despite a decision reached that the monies should remain in an escrow account till all matters concerning it are resolved, the Federal Government continues to pay neighbouring Bayelsa State the revenues meant for Rivers State in a classic case of robbing Peter to pay Paul. It is indeed noteworthy that we have made several representations formally and informally on this matter.

 “A second instance is the total absence of federal presence in Rivers State. The ‘National Good Governance Tour’ provided a good opportunity for the Federal Government to showcase its presence in Rivers State. The tour, if nothing else, proved that there was not much to show in a state that is the cash cow of the federation. The East-West Road remains abandoned, work has been deliberately slow on the Port Harcourt International Airport, the third busiest airport in the country, while all airports started along with it have long been completed and commissioned. The Bonny-Bomu Road that leads to the only functional liquefied natural gas project remains uncompleted. In the midst of all these, our administration went ahead to fix federal roads to the tune of N103 billion. Several representations and letters after, not one kobo has been repaid. The Federal Government is actively discouraging investments in Rivers State.”

When the powers that be in Abuja, in their wickedness, chose to chastise Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi left, right, front and back to make him look unpopular before his constituency in order to prepare the ground for his ultimate removal from office, I saw whose interest they were serving and warned that they would inadvertently help Amaechi to become not only stronger but also triumphantly victorious at the end of the day. Many people dismissed my prediction with a wave of the hand. However, I have become vindicated. One, surely, doesn’t need to be a son of Issachar to be able to read and understand the direction the pendulum would swing in this case because Amaechi is being persecuted without any justification whatsoever.  Today, despite all the attempts to bring him down, Governor Amaechi has proved himself an icon, hero and soldier of democracy.

When on 9th September, 2013 my appointment as the National Publicity Secretary of the New PDP was announced to Nigerians the only brief I received was the 30 minutes encounter I had with Governor Amaechi. During that encounter he kept repeating that whenever General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) accepted to fly the flag of the emergent mega opposition political party in the country, the unseating of President Goodluck Jonathan and PDP would become a reality. I was deeply impressed by his strong belief in General Buhari. It was based on this that I went boldly into the field and with the cooperation of the G7 Governors and other leaders of the New PDP, we were able to dismantle what was the famous and largest political party in Africa.

At the time five out of the seven Governors joined APC formally and during the APC Convention, Governor Amaechi and with the help of others, General Buhari was duly elected as the flag bearer of APC. In appreciation of his key role in making Buhari the Presidential Candidate, he was duly appointed to head the Campaign of Buhari and his feat in ensuring that Buhari was duly elected as the President of Nigeria will forever resonate in the country’s history.

If Not for Amaechi and the Four PDP Governors that Joined APC, APC’s Victory Would Not Have Been Possible – Atiku and Okorocha

Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar and the Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, have attributed the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the courageous decision of the five former governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to dump their party and team up with the opposition party.

Speaking during a special dinner held for the outgoing and incoming governors of the APC under the auspices of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), Atiku said the reasons why the five governors who joined the APC made victory possible for the party and ensured the defeat of PDP was due to their outstanding performances and the fact that they were close to the people.

He said the governors have made significant impact in governance and through their sacrifices made momentous contributions towards the victory of APC at the presidential election.

“This is why the people of their states love them and Nigerians  also love them. It is because of this that the exit of three of these governors from the PDP amongst others and their joining of the APC contributed significantly to our victory in recent polls,” he said.

While addressing the gathering, Okorocha described the contributions of the outgoing governors, especially those that defected from the PDP as very key to the revolution that saw the historic victory of an opposition party over the ruling party in the country.

“Make no mistake about it, without the five governors that joined the APC in 2013, we will not be here today. Anyone who understands the power and might of the federal government, especially under a vindictive leadership, knows the enormous risks taken by Governors Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Aliyu Magatarda Wammako, Abdulfatah Ahmed and the lion-heart Rotimi Amaechi. What happened to our colleague, Murtala Nyako could have happened to anyone of them,“ he said.

Tribute to the Lion of Niger Delta Politics

Paying tribute to Amaechi, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, likened him to the Biblical David who slew Goliath, acknowledging that he has distinguished himself through selfless services to humanity, unleashing that progressive dynamism that rolls with wind of change in Nigeria. This feat to emancipate Nigeria from charlatans and the shackles of the undemocratic elements in PDP impoverished and misgovern our country is what makes Amaechi one of the heroes of our democracy.

Amaechi and Tinubu were the two architects of the APC victory in the general elections - Soyinka

Prof Soyinka said, “In the political atmosphere today, whatever you call it, change or hope or cautious hope and or careless hope, I recognise two personalities in particular who led the chant of change. One of them, I call him the architect of the process, the architect in fact, that houses the essence of hope – Bola Tinubu.

“The other person (Amaechi) was unconsciously, perhaps, the arrowhead of that charge that led to the change and that is the man that we gather here to celebrate.

“He was the one who said no, we cannot turn the clock backwards. Nothing about the philosophy of the clock runs against what we were hoping for. It was a very unpopular and risky decision to take. But it exposed to us the basic arithmetic fallacy of governance in demonstrating that when 16 is said to be higher than 19, something is fundamentally wrong and the same kind of arithmetic leads to the cooking of figures in governance.

“And it was within that nexus that he stood up and challenged even his own colleagues, and said let’s change the mentality of the stock, let us re-orientate it towards the people and towards the nation and the electorate.”

The Wike’s Failed Plot To Frustrate Amaechi’s Appointment as a Minister and His Feats as Minister of Transportation of Federal

Republic of Nigeria

For some strategic reasons, I will reserve this great attempt for another article.

 Conclusion

Let me conclude this treatise with Governor Amaechi’s 2014 Independence Day Speech as Governor of Rivers State, in which he noted that his administration’s persecutions, travails and betrayals have only ended up making him stronger. He advised politicians and their supporters to avoid maiming, killing, violence and thuggery, as the nation moves towards the 2015 elections. Amaechi’s words: “With the end of my tenure approaching, my resolve to build a virile state remains as fervent as it was seven years ago. Like athletes in a race, we are running to win. We must continue to run to breast the tape and reach the finish line strong. Our persecutions, our travails and betrayals make our resolve stronger.

“By May 29 2015, I shall have finished my course as governor of Rivers State, but shall always put Rivers in my prayers. As we prepare for the 2015 general elections, may our politicians and their followers know that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. If we maim and kill the people we aspire to lead, who would we then govern? Let us run our campaigns in the best manner and pursue our electioneering with respect for one another.

“When I assumed office on October 26, 2007, I committed myself to building a Rivers State of Possibilities, where none would be discriminated against. We set for ourselves a target and a goal to leave our state better than we found it. It was, indeed, a big challenge, but seven years after, we can present a commendable score sheet to the glory of God. When we took the oath of office in 2007, insecurity was at its peak. Military and police checkpoints dotted every street and lane. We were forced to raise our hands on our way home, at the end of a hard day’s job. Our humanity was debased, as much as our pride was assaulted. So, we chose to confront the criminals, who had stolen our peace. Not because we were strong, but because we loved our people. We chased them, not with arms and ammunition, but with bravery and the boldness of our fathers. We soon made our streets safe again, life returned to our biggest city, Port Harcourt, and our communities. Our economy again began to blossom and those investors chased away, began to return to our state. Today, our State thrives as Nigeria’s second biggest economy.”

Congratulations, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Man of History, Loving Husband of Dame Judith and Devoted Father of three lovely sons – Chikamkpa, Obina Nsirim and Lemchi Happy birthday and many happy returns.

Eze Chukwuemeka Eze is a Port Harcourt-based Media Consultant. He can be reached viaezemediaconcept2020@gmail.com

Funke Ákindele is sultry on the cover of the May edition of OnoBello Magazine..[Photos]

Nollywood actress and producer, Funke Ákindele is sultry on the cover of the May edition of OnoBello.com Magazine, titled, ‘The New Nollywood’. Funke is celebrated for her hard work.


Every month, OnoBello magazine highlights Africa’s most hardworking and celebrated women. These ladies are the epitome for showing that a woman can do it all.


 In the exclusive interview for this issue, the actress discusses how she is able to get into character so well for every role. She also says we should expect something new from her brand‘Jenifa’ and how she does it all; both in front and behind the scenes.
More pictures below:


In the editorial shoot for the issue tagged “Fashion Flash”, Funke models some shimmery red carpet looks to die for! For style, she explains that comfortability is key, However her guilty pleasure is shoes and spends a whole lot of money on them.

Shocking!!! Suicide note found on female student who drank insecticide in Bayero University.

Students of Bayero University, Kano State were on Friday morning thrown into shock and mourning as one Imoleaya Sarah, a female student in the Department of Library Science, Faculty of Education, reportedly committed suicide.
Sarah, an Indigene of Edo state died after she consumed an insecticide.
According to the report which was aired on Unity FM Jos on Friday, Sarah left a note which was found in her handbag.While reasons for her action remain sketchy, it was alleged that the deceased had gone to the faculty office to see if anything could be done about her case on a particular course she reportedly had issues with, but she reportedly found out that it was too late to make amends.
She was said to have committed suicide in the school premises as her bag was seen under the stairs in her faculty, where her almost lifeless body was found.
The note the deceased left behind reads: “I will not apply for course suspension. My academics is all I live for. If I can’t get it right, F… K existence.”
Reports have it that her bag contained her mobile phone, charger, the suicide note and the insecticide container under the staircase.
She was rushed to the hospital where she reportedly died.

NFF appeals against court decision on Giwa’s case

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has appealed against the decision of a Jos High Court, to re-list a case brought against the football house by Obinna Ogba and Yahaya Adama.
Chris Green, who is the chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, explained that they decided to appeal because the matter was out of time and the plaintiffs had earlier discontinued the case voluntarily.
“We went to court simply to appeal against the re-listing of the case,” Green said.

Metuh is Ready to Return Laundered N400m to EFCC

The immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Olisa Metuh’s lead defence counsel, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), has said his client has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that he is willing to return the N400m he allegedly received from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November, 2014.

The money was said to have been released to him to launder the alleged bad image of former President Goodluck Jonathan a few months to the 2015 presidential election which Jonathan eventually lost.
Ikpeazu, in a telephone interview with Punch correspondents on Thursday, said Metuh had always indicated to the EFCC that he was willing to return the money right from when the anti-graft agency invited him for questioning before charges were filed against him.

The lawyer said he advised Metuh after his trial began before a Federal High Court in Abuja to write a letter to the EFCC, indicating his intention to return the N400m, which he stated the former PDP spokesperson heeded.

He insisted that Metuh initially thought the money came from former President Goodluck Jonathan but readily indicated to return the money as soon as the EFCC made him to realise the money was from the ONSA.

Supreme Court Rejects Ex-First Lady's Appeal Over Election Violence


Ivory Coast’s supreme court has rejected former first lady Simone Gbagbo’s appeal against a 20-year sentence over her role in the violence that followed the 2010 elections that her husband Laurent Gbagbo lost, her lawyer, Rodrigue Dadje said.

Simone Gbagbo, currently being held in Abidjan, was sentenced in March 2015 to 20 years imprisonment after being convicted of “attacking state authority” over her role in the post-election violence, which left more than 3,000 people dead.

She was tried with 78 co-defendants for their part in the crisis caused by the refusal of former president Laurent Gbagbo to recognise Alassane Ouattara’s victory in the November 2010 presidential election.

The former first lady is also due to go on trial on May 31 in Abidjan on charges of crimes against humanity related to the wave of post-election violence.

Laurent Gbagbo is currently on trial at the International Criminal Court in the Hague for war crimes also linked to the unrest that followed his refusal to step down.

Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer, has struggled to return to normalcy after years of civil war, which effectively divided the country between the mainly Christian south and the largely Muslim north.

Ouattara finally took power in 2011 with help from former colonial ruler France and the arrest of the Gbagbos.

Credits: Reuters

Funke Akindele reveals her greatest obsession!

Funke Akindele, fondly called Jenifa is a household name. The actress who came to limelight through TV series 'I need to know' has been waxing strong in the entertainment industry.
Her TV series, Jenifa’s Diary, is one of the most watched television dramas, by people of all ages.
The actress recently covered the latest edition of OnoBello’s Magazine where she spoke extensively about her career and obsessions.
In the interview, she revealed her obsession for quality shoes as she claims she spends a lot of money on shoes.
In her words: “I am obsessed with good and quality shoes. I spend so much money on shoes and I have a lot of them.”

Office Building Currently on Fire at Awolowo Road, Ikoyi

Cakasa office building located at Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, is currently on fire. The attention of the Lagos State fire service is urgently needed. 

Nigerian Beauty Queen Involved in Ghastly Motor Accident (Photos)

A beauty queen sustained serious injuries from a motor accident in the course of her service to humanity.
Face of Idoma carnival, Queen Ashley Yusuf was involved in a terrific motor accident along deadly Lafia - Akwanga road in Nassarawa state on Tuesday 24th May 2016 while travelling from Abuja to Benue State for her Project to feed 500 Orphans this Friday on children day.

She was unconscious for a while and after she regained consciousness, she narrated was she remembered. According to her,the driver of the vehicle "Benue Links" with Registration Number MkD-270 XA which she boarded for her journey was driving at an overwhelming speed which they (the passengers) kept cautioning him but he persisted until one of the tyres pulled out and the car started somersaulting immediately.

The car was said to have somersaulted four times before landing on its back. The trapped passengers were rescued by other passing vehicles plying the same route and rushed to the emergency ward of the nearest hospital for treatment.

Queen Ashley Yusuf sustained severe injuries and is having excruciating pains. She is receiving treatment, recuperating speedily and has promised that her event will still hold as planned despite her health status.

Despite her present condition, nothing will hinder her from what she planned to do for the 500 orphans in Benue she assured.
See photos from the accident:


Rivers Gunmen Attack: 5 Police Officers Missing

The Rivers State Police Command has announced that five policemen who along with other colleagues were ambushed in the early hours of Wednesday, May 25 at the Okujagu community, Okrika Local Government are still missing.

According to Police Public Relations Officer, DSP. Ahmad Muhammad, the policemen went to Okujagu community on a routine Police inquiry when they were ambushed by unknown gunmen.


Before they could disembark from the boat that ferried them, they were bombarded with a barrage of heavy gunfire which forced them to scamper for cover and by the time the firing ended, five policemen comprising two inspectors and four other rank and file could not be accounted for.

The Commissioner of Police has set up a high powered investigative panel headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Investigation Department to unravel the circumstances surrounding the entire incident.
 
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