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Oba of Lagos denies snubbing Ooni of Ife at public function

Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has denied snubbing the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi at a public function some days ago. A video made rounds on social media showing the Oba of Lagos acknowledging the greeting of the Ooni of Ife in an unfriendly manner

Many Nigerians reacted to the video, calling out the Oba for being “rude” to the Ooni who is believed to be the most superior monarch in Yoruba land.

Speaking through one of his white cap chiefs, Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, the Lagos Monarch said he did not ignore the Ooni of Ife at the public function as being interpreted by many Nigerians. Lateef who spoke to newsmen at the palace of the Oba in Lagos, said the manner in which the Oba greeted the Ooni is the culturally acclaimed way of greeting by a monarch in Lagos and that the Oba of Lagos was only trying to revive that culture which according to him is going extinct.

“The sign by Oba Akiolu signifies, ‘inu mi, inu e’, the culture of greeting in Lagos. If Oba Akiolu wanted to ignore, he would have turned his face away from Ooni. There is no misunderstanding between both highly revered Monarchs in Yoruba Land. Oba Akiolu was well represented at the coronation of Ooni of Ife, which attested to the fact that he does not disregard the office of Ooni Adeyeye. There is no sentiment in the culture of Lagos. As we met it that is the way we are doing it. Kabiesi Oba Akiolu is trying to bring back the old pattern, the old culture we have left behind. What happened that day was wrongly speculated by the social media to disrupt peace and order and misinterpret Oba Akiolu’s action. We just want to appeal to the social media to stop spreading wrong information. They should try and understand the reason behind every action carried out most especially by traditional rulers. Yoruba has a very rich culture. There is no quarrel between the Oba of Lagos and Ooni of Ife” he said

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Jega disappointed me on how he conducted the 2015 general election- GEJ says

In a book scheduled to be launched on Friday April 28th, former spokesperson of late President Musa Yar’Adua and Chairman of Thisday editorial board, Segun Adeniyi, revealed that Former President Goodluck Jonathan was unhappy with the manner former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, went about conducting the 2015 general election which he lost in to President Buhari. Part of the book quotes Jonathan to have said;

“I was disappointed by Jega because I still cannot understand what was propelling him to act the way he did in the weeks preceding the election. As at the first week in February 2015 when about 40 percent of Nigerians had not collected their PVCs, Jega said INEC was ready to conduct an election in which millions of people would be disenfranchised.”

Jonathan is also quoted to have accused that Americans were urging Jega to go on with the elections despite the fact that some Nigerians had not collected their voters card.

“Of course, the Americans were encouraging him to go ahead yet they would never do such a thing in their own country. How could we have cynically disenfranchised about a third of our registered voters for no fault of theirs and still call that a credible election? The interesting thing was that the opposition also supported the idea of going on with the election that was bound to end in confusion” he said

Jonathan in the book defended his decision to postpone the election by six weeks.

“When the military and security chiefs demanded for more time to deal with the insurgency, the reasons were genuine. As at February 2015, it would have been very difficult to vote in Gombe, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. But moment all the arms and ammunition that had been ordered finally arrived, the military was able to use them to degrade the capacity of Boko Haram to the level in which they posed the threat to the election.”

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Anambra 2017: APC, UPP feud over alleged rigging plot

Anambra State chapter of United Progressive Party (UPP) has alleged that All Progressives Congress (APC) is planning to rig the governorship election scheduled for November 18, 2017, stressing that the party has raised a committee of looters and riggers to carry out the nefarious plot.
In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Uche Amaku and made available to The Guardian, UPP said: “We became aware of APC’s desperation to capture Anambra State as a sign that Ndi Igbo has accepted the party, when all of a sudden some political deadwoods and former members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who once described APC as a Janjaweed party started joining it.
“As if that was not enough, the ruling party started the usual motions without movement on some infrastructure projects in the Southeast, all in a bid to convince NdIgbo that it means well for the zone, when in fact it maintains its indifference to Southeast through lopsided appointments.”
APC had in a communiqué signed by Deputy National Chairman (Southeast) Emma Eneukwu and Publicity Secretary, Hyacinth Ngwu, named an eight-man committee to oversee the election environment in Anambra and suggest funding and other startegies to win the November 18 poll.
But UPP described the committee as “a high powered team of election riggers and fugitives of the law,” lamenting that “while APC continues its politics of deception towards the Southeast and Anambra State in particular, leaders of the party in the state continue to keep sealed lips over the activities of killer herdsmen dislocating our people from their farms.”
UPP further noted that while the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), continues to entertain Nigerians with discovery of orphaned monies, “we want to warn APC not to use Anambra State as a gateway for its political refugees to launder their loot.”obiano1

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Nigeria’s Breakup Is Inevitable – Senator Okurounmu

A delegate to the National Conference and Chairman of the committee that laid the framework, Senator Femi Okurounmu, has declared that Nigeria’s breakup is inevitable.
While giving his reasons, the former lawmaker said it is not compulsory that Nigeria will remain as one nation, noting that the northern region has been oppressing other regions since independence.

Reacting to a recent statement credited to the British High Commissioner to Nigeria where he was quoted as saying that his country will not allow Nigeria to tear apart, Senator Okorounmu said that the Britain is the major problem of Nigeria.

According to him, Nigerians are now fed up with the British-forced marriage of different entities in the country.

He told Sun, “It is possible for Nigeria to break up, we can’t continue this way and expect people to remain silent. As long as we don’t have equity, fairness and justice in the polity, if Nigeria wants to break, let it be so.

“Forget whatever the British High Commissioner was quoted as saying. It’s even these British that are the architects of Nigeria’s problems. The British caused most of our problems.

“On the eve of independence in 1959, the British colonialists rigged the pre-independence election to hand over power to a Northern political party, the Northern Peoples Congress, NPC, and since then the North has been oppressing other parts of the country, especially the South.

“For the past 57 years of independence, the North has been oppressing other geo-political zones. But for how long will this injustice last, and for how long will other Nigerians continue to tolerate the north’s dominance and oppression?

“One thing I know for sure now is that many Nigerians are tired of this British-forced marriage of different entities and nations called Nigeria, and this is why some are clamouring for self determination. Again, as long as we fail to restructure, the possibility of Nigeria breaking up is a reality.

“It is not even compulsory that we must remain as one nation, especially if one region is bent on keeping others backward. We need to return to a true practice of federalism, as it was in the First Republic. The North is dragging Nigeria backward.

“The current unitary system we are practising which the Northern military leaders foisted on Nigeria is dragging us backward. We should return to true federalism as enshrined in our independence constitution.”5195646_images19_jpeg912c3680a0db10538829e950eea3a209

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Buhari dying in Aso Rock – Perry Brimah


Perry Brimah, a popular columnists and convener of ENDS [Every Nigerian Do Something], has raised alarm that President Muhammadu Buhari is dying in office.
Brimah in a statement on Friday said Nigeria was being very compassionless to its president and called on the masses to rise against “cabal” locking up Buhari.
According to him, “There can be no denying how chronically ill president Muhammadu Buhari looks when he seldom does appear in public. The last time was last week Friday when Kaduna state governor Nasir el-Rufai came visiting.
“The videos of Buhari walking for Friday prayers bring tears to eyes. His asthenic figure now no more than skin-and-bones as he sat down for the Jummah service was heart-wrenching.
“How can a people be so cold they expose a grandfather to this type of extreme stress and deprive him from his needed rest and medical expert attention by tasking him to lead the world’s most complex nation?
“Have we as a people lost our humanity that we continue to task Buhari like this and not campaign for him to be relieved of our burden and rest towards recovery?
“It is insane to continue to deprive him and the nation by locking him up and burdening him with a challenge too heavy for even a strong young man to bear talk-less an old man who just returned from a 49-day leave in which he received blood transfusions and unknown cocktails of serious medications.
“For those of us in the medical profession, we recognize the president’s loss of hair on his head and facial hair as well as his reported blood transfusions as possible evidence of cancer chemotherapy.
“God forbid, however if this is the condition the president is being managed for that the cabal is hiding from the people, the wickedness of the selfish cabal that forces him to remain locked up, “dying” in Aso Rock instead of receiving best therapy, should be vehemently opposed by us masses.
“Whoever is found guilty of hiding any serious diagnosis the president may have and bundling him back to deteriorate in Aso Rock under pressure of Nigeria’s humongous burden should be dealt with according to the full extent of the law. This is not only criminal but sinful.
“A great fear is, what if (God forbid) president Buhari should collapse? This time he may not yet have handed over to Vice president Yemi Osinbajo as “acting president” and Nigeria may be thrown into the chaos that perhaps some desperate politicians eyeing the presidency seat are secretly plotting for. Nigeria cannot afford to be thrown into such state of dilemma and disarray.
“It’s time for Nigerians to demand full disclosure of the true state of health of president Muhammadu Buhari and immediate best options for him to be allowed to rest and recover instead of being locked up to literally die under the weight of Nigeria”.buhari-620x400

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Rashidi Yekini’s old mother wins N2m from millionaire game show

Alhaja Sikirat Yekini is the octogenarian mother of late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini. She has complained of financial troubles since her son’s demise. On January 23, 2016, NAIJ.com Sports learnt that Sikiratu Yekini about her plight since the death of her son. And, we set out on a journey to Ijagbo, a town in Kwara state where she lives, and she exclusively revealed her ordeal. Following that visit, Nigerians reached out and helped her financially.

A man named Suraj Tunji Oyewale, a successful chattered accountant based in Lagos championed a course on his facebook page for some monetary contribution for Mama Sikiratu Yekini after reading our reports on what the woman has being going through, and in less than 48 hours, N220,000 was raised on behalf of the woman. Rashidi Yekini’s old mother with her N2m prize from millionaire game show Once again, help as come her way as she won N2million during her appearance on the popular TV show, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”.

According to Daily Trust, she was assisted by Pa Dejumo Lewis and Binta Ayo Mogaji-Oduleye during its recent annual special edition tagged “Who Deserves to Be a Millionaire?” Alhaja Yekini, happily said: “Also, I am getting to realize that there are still some good people in our midst. Everything is still like a dream to me”, she said in a chat after the show. “When the representative of this company contacted me that he would be coming to visit me‎, all the way from Lagos, and that I should consider him as one of my sons, I could not believe it. He said they wanted to celebrate with me and reward me. He now said something that touched my heart: “we want to do part of what Rashidi would have further done for you if he had been around”. Honestly, I was touched.” “Let me tell you, the essence of events like this in human life cannot be quantified! It gives longevity. That is the feeling I am having now. I am going to live longer. I have just seen life, yet again in another perspective.

“Also, maybe I should tell you that the organizers have assured me of their guidance to enable me spend the money meaningfully,” she concluded, saying the money won would be spent on food and medical needs. Meanwhile Yekini’s former team, the Super Eagles are preparing for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

 

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Buhari officially orders the distribution of over 136,000 bags of seized rice to IDPs

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has distributed 136,476 bags of rice to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the country in the last one year. This was disclosed by Joseph Attah, NCS public relations officer, in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, April 18, Vanguard reports. According to Attah, the move was in line with the presidential directive on seized perishable items.

Customs distributes over 136,000 bags of seized rice to IDPs on Buhari’s order.

Attah said that the reinstatement of the ban on rice importation through the land borders few months after lifting it in 2016 was to stem the tide of rice smuggling. He said: “I can assure you that our anti-smuggling strategy is yielding positive dividends in the last three months, we made a total seizure of 136,506 50kg bags of rice. “The last one year, we made a seizure of 205,825 bags with a duty paid value of more than N1billion; that is just rice alone. “To build another layer of policing, we have what we call the compliance team that in the last three months alone, made a total of 921 seizures with a DPV (that is Duty Paid Value) of more than N1 billion. ‘’Most of these seizures are rice and vehicles.” Attah also said that customs in its relentless war against rice smugglers had record successes and paid great prices through the loss of its officers. The distribution of relief materials by the NCS to the IDPs across the country was in compliance with the presidential directive to distribute seized perishable items to IDPs in the Northeast

 

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Buhari has lied to Nigerians about his achievements – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has come down hard on President Muhammadu Buhari saying he lied to Nigerians with his claim that his government has fulfilled its campaign promises in just two years. While praying to God to allow the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to continue to guide Nigerians and help the country overcome the spirit of lies, deceit and betrayal, the party said: “We read with rude shock and utter dismay, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Easter message to Nigerians and of particular interest is the paragraph that said: ‘In the almost two years of this administration, we have worked hard to meet the expectations of Nigerians by improving security, especially in the North-East, sustaining the campaign against corruption and have taken steps to revitalize the economy’. Really? “These comments from Mr President are to say the least untrue and an insult to the intelligence of Nigerians who have been at the receiving end of his government’s mismanagement in the last two years,” the party said in a statement issued by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the spokesperson of the Ahmed Makarfi faction.

The PDP says former President Buhari handed over a buoyant economy to Buhari On security, the PDP noted how former President Goodluck Jonathan made efforts to conquer Boko Haram and procured equipment despite stiff resistance from some of the western powers to sell weapons to Nigeria. This breakthrough, the party said, led to the successful dislodgment of the terrorists before the March 28, 2015 elections. “Nigerians can testify to the gallant display by the Nigerian Armed Forces that allowed elections to take place in virtually all the wards and local government areas of Borno, Adamawa, Kebbi and Gombe states, respectively.

“The result of the election from these states gave President Buhari the edge in the election. APC governors and officials who routinely condemn President Jonathan’s anti insurgency effort conveniently forgot that without the relative peace in those states at the time, there would have been no elections from which they could emerge as governors,” the party said adding that most of the achievements being claimed by Buhari were transferred by Jonathan. Concerning corruption, the party said the president actually failed despite the alleged success it has achieved in the fight. Dayo Adeyeye said the president lied to Nigerians “As we have mentioned in our previous statements, any war on corruption that is selective and targeted at humiliating only leaders and other members of the opposition is a total failure. “The entire anti-corruption war of the APC since inception is just in the media with only one conviction. Many of the cases in courts have been set aside and suspects discharged and acquitted while others are in EFCC and DSS detention centers without trial against their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The latest drama in town is the circus show of the discovery of huge sums of money of various currencies and denominations on daily basis without any trace of the owners. “The most absurd of this charade is the macabre dance on the so called $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 purportedly recovered at an apartment in Osborne Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.

“The government is at the crossroad as the whistle-blower and the EFCC are now shying away from telling Nigerians who owned the monies because undeniable evidence links the monies to the proceeds from the sale of turbines by the former governor of Rivers state and now minister of Transport, Hon Rotimi Amaechi. “It has also been revealed that part of that proceeds was used by Mr. Amaechi to prosecute the campaigns of the APC in 2015,” the party said. The party recalled how Jonathan’s government grew the economy from a GDP of $270.5 billion in 2009 to one of $574 billion and how the party handed over a single digit inflation which is now 17.26 percent.

“The recession we are experiencing today in the country is as a result of the failure of the APC-led administration to properly manage our economy. “The Buhari government is indeed clueless and had no economic plan until March 2017 when it launched the so-called recovery plan. The economy is at a standstill. “Major infrastructural developments that began with the previous administrations of the PDP have been abandoned. Power generation dwindled from over 5,000MW in 2015 to the present all-time low of less than 2,000MW. “The only project of note that this government has ever commissioned is the Abuja- Kaduna railroad which was 99 percent completed by the PDP administration,” the party said.

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No apologies for writing Buhari, says El-Rufai


The Kaduna State Governor , Nasir El -Rufai , on Friday said he was disappointed that a private memo he sent to President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of the nation could be leaked to the public .
He said those who published the document revealed the identities of those who leaked it to him .
El – Rufai said this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after he joined Buhari for the Juma ’ at prayer at the Presidential Villa , Abuja .
The governor had in a 29 – page memo dated September 22 , 2016 , told Buhari that his administration has not only failed in meeting the expectations of Nigerians but equally fell short of delivering on mundane issues of governance .
In the memo titled “Immediate and medium – term imperatives for President Muhammadu Buhari , ” he also claimed that the President is surrounded by inexperienced and clueless officials, who don ’ t share in the vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress .
El – Rufai also noted that he was conscious of the fact that his memo might be misunderstood but willing to accept the consequences
In the interview with State House correspondents , the governor said his memo to the President was not ill -motivated.
While saying he has no regret for writing the document , the governor said he would not hesitate to write another memo to the President if the need arises.
He said , “ I am disappointed that a private communication to the highest office in the land can be leaked and it was leaked from the villa . I am told by those that published it, but this is a fact of life.
“ We live in an age where anything you write or say can be leaked . It is ok , my intentions are clear , I have no ill motive but I wanted to communicate with the President what many Nigerians are talking about and what steps can be taken to improve governance of the country and move the country forward.
“ That was my motive and if tomorrow , like I said , I see anything that the President needs to know I will discuss with him and I will articulate and put it into writing and on the record for him to have a reminder document to work on .
” I have no regrets and I have no apologies . ”Nasir-El-rufai1-