Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SURE-P Chairman Fired For Attending Obasanjo’s Birthday Against President Jonathan's Orders?

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Earlier today, Presidential spokesperson Reuben Abati announced that the SURE-P chairman, Martin Luther Agwai, had been relieved of his post  in order to re-energize the parastatal. However, new reports say that Mr. Agwai was sacked for attending former president Obasanjo’s birthday event last week against the directives by the president that no one in the current administration was to attend the festivities.

Mr. Agwai would be the second SURE-P chairman to be sacked after disagreeing with the president. He replaced Christopher Kolade, who left office after criticising the president. The statement by Reuben Abati says Ishaya Dare Akau, an experienced administrator in the civil service is to replace Gen. Agwai with immediate effect. See the government's position on the sack of Agwai below, and the report by Premium Times also.

First Lady Patience Jonathan Denies Trying To Incite Violence With Campaign Speeches

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The Nigerian first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, popularly known as Mama Peace, has denied APC's allegations against her, which accused her of making inflammatory statements that could potentially incite electoral violence during a various campaign rally speeches she made in various cities in south-south Nigeria.

Specifically, the party had threatened to report her to the International Criminal Court for allegedly asking supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party to stone anyone canvassing for change, the APC slogan, during a campaign rally in Calabar, Cross River State. In a related open letter, read here, Dele Momodu, an APC member, had called on the first lady to apologize and retract that and other inciteful comments.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Nigerian Girl At Harvard Makes List of Smartest Teenagers, Meets Obama

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19 year old Nigerian Saheela Ibraheem, Harvard student, has been recognized as one of the world's 50 smartest teenagers. At 15, she was accepted for admission by 13 top colleges in the United States, including the MIT, Columbia, Princeton and six other Ivy league colleges. She chose Harvard.

And at 19, she'll be graduating from Harvard in May this year. Saheela also had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama and the first lady Michelle Obama. See more photos of her below...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

9-Year-Old's Letter Donating Entire Lunch Money Savings To APC Goes Viral

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In what may be a political gimmick, 9-year-old Nicole Benson, said to be a student of Green springs School Lekki campus, has reportedly donated her lunch money and and more to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Along with the donation, she also wrote a letter to the opposition party which has now gone viral. The letter is addressed to Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola and the APC. Read below...

APC Presidential Candidate, General Buhari Speaks at Chatham House, London [Photos]

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The presidential candidate of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) General Muhammadu Buhari spoke earlier today at the Royal Institute for International Affairs, Chatham House, London.

His 25-minute speech, titled Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria's Transition, focused on the postponed Nigerian elections, the need for its credibility and transparency and its implications for democracy across Africa.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

APC Alleges $20,000 Bribe From Presidency To Anti-Buhari Protesters in London

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APC is alleging that the presidency is behind the plans to stage a protest which is meant to embarrass their Presidential candidate. The All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari is billed to present a lecture at Chatham House, London today titled: “Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria’s Transition”, and it has emerged that a Pro-PDP group is also planning a protest at the venue at the same time.

The APC is showing as evidence, a document detailing how the so-called pro-democracy group has been funded by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

N60m Ransom Wanted For American Missionary Kidnapped In Kogi

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The abductors of US citizen, Phyllis Sortor have reportedly demanded a sum of N60 million as ransom for her release. Reverend Sortor, who works with the Free Methodist Church, was abducted from Hope Academy in Emiworo Village, Kogi State on Monday, February 23.

The police are frantically searching for clues and are unwilling to negotiate with the kidnappers. They say the American missionary worker, who was abducted from her workplace in Kogi, runs an elementary school in the state. The abducted missionary worker is from Seattle in the United States.

Hypnotised Housemaid Gives Employer’s N5.5m Jewellery To Fraudsters - Do You Believe?

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So I read about a housemaid that gave all her madam's jewelry to thieves, and my question on Facebook was, who believes in such hynopsis? Police think the housemaid is working with the thieves, she says she was hypnotized.

Do you believe in hypnosis of the Nigerian variety, or is it the ordinary con trick of muguing greedy people? Read the story below, and my conversation with eye-witnesses and those it had happened to and please add your thoughts in the comments...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Pictures of Buhari In London Emerge as Fayose Insists He Went For Medical Care

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The APC presidential candidate, General Buhari was said by his party to have travelled for a ‘brief working visit’ to London. However, Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, insists Gen Buhari traveled out on Thursday to seek medicare in UK and has been attended to at a hospital located in Cavendish Street, today.

I don't think both activities are mutually exclusive, he can be working and also take the opportunity to visit a doctor for a check up, he is after all 72 years old. Two pictures of GMB have now emerged, above he is pictured with Mal Mamman Daura taking a stroll on the streets of London. Another picture below shows him at the airport waiting for his luggage. What do you of Buhari's state of health becoming the focus of the election campaigns?

10 Favorite Nigerian Foods For Those On The Move

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By Chinelo Ngene

The Nigerian traveller is always on the move, ready to take the next bus or flight to his destination as quickly as possible. Little wonder why Nigerians love food that’s easy to make and packs enough calories to get them through a busy day. So I have put together a list of these delicacies the Nigerian traveller just can’t do without.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Oba of Benin is NOT Dead - Benin Traditional Council

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Earlier today, viral reports claimed that his Royal Majesty, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa, the Oba of Benin, 92,  had passed on after been on the throne for 36 years. The Benin Traditional Council has now spoken out about the speculation, which they say has been on for over six months and lacked truth.

The Secretary to the council, Mr. Frank Irabor, explained that it was the responsibility of the council to issue a formal statement, if such a development did occur.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Watch #GEJMediaChat + Some Quotes from President Goodluck

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The focus of the #Presidentialmediachat this evening was on the upcoming elections and the security issues surrounding postponing the elections. He said it was not only security that cause the shift in date, he referred to Lagos where he said only 38% have their PVCs, maeaning that many will not be able to vote.

On Boko Haram, he said he had meetings with the President of Chad and he said before he can send troops to Nigeria, the AU have to be involved. He also said Boko Haram doesn't necessarily have to be completely wiped out before elections are conducted. He also said taking over the territories captured by Boko Haram does not mean that the group have been wiped out. Watch the video below and some quotes from the president.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Chimamanda Adichie: Nigeria’s Postponed Election Is An Embarrassment Of Bad Choices

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By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Last week, Victor, a carpenter, came to my Lagos home to fix a broken chair. I asked him whom he preferred as Nigeria’s next president: the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan, or his challenger, Muhammadu Buhari.

“I don’t have a voter’s card, but if I did, I would vote for somebody I don’t like,” he said. “I don’t like Buhari. But Jonathan is not performing.”

Victor sounded like many people I know: utterly unenthusiastic about the two major candidates in our upcoming election.

Okonjo Iweala Releases Highlights of Forensic Audit Into NNPC Missing N20Billion

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Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has released the Highlights of Investigative Forensic Audit done by Pricewaterhouse Cooper into the allegations of unremitted Funds into the Federation Accounts by the NNPC for the period January 2012 to July 2013. It was posted on her official Facebook page and signed by the Auditor-general of Nigeria. Read below...

Monday, February 9, 2015

Patience Jonathan’s Bayelsa Rally Speech Goes Viral

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'The train have move, the train have reach...' This phrase is part of the speech by the first lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan which has now gone viral. Popularly called Mama Peace by her fans, the president's wife was at a PDP campaign rally in her husband's home state to build morale and support for him. But snippets from her speech may be having the opposite effect online.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Elections Postponed - Jega Announces New Dates

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Prof. Attahiru Jega has just briefed the media on the outcome of all the meetings held earlier today to decide the best dates to hold elections. Jega held briefings with various stakeholders including all the political parties, security agencies, civil society and the media.

The INEC chairman said 26 out of the 28 registered political parties were at the meetings, and with their agreement, the 2015 general elections has officially been postponed by 6 weeks. He said the new date for the presidential elections is March 28th while governorship elections will now hold April 11th. This is after majority of electoral commissioners in their own meeting had voted to have the elections continue according to schedule.

Jega Confused & Under Pressure - INEC Commissioners Reject Election Postponement

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The INEC Chairman, Mr Jega is said to be currently under a lot of pressure to postpone the Nigerian presidential, gubernatorial and federal elections slated for Feb 14 and 21. While the nation waits for his final decision to be announced any time soon via a media conference, rumors swirl that a postponement is a done deal, read here.

Journalists have been waiting endlessly at the INEC media centre today for INEC's chair Prof. Jega to confirm if the elections will hold or not. One of them, Fidelis Mba shared the photo above on Twitter. In the meantime, following a meeting by Jega with electoral commissioners, 21 of them are reported to have rejected the postponement of the elections.

'Done Deal' - Jega On Why Elections Need To Be Postponed, Buhari, US Govt React

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The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, is reported to have concluded a briefing with 25 civil society groups in Abuja Saturday informing them that all security agencies in the country have indicated to him, in writing, that they are not available to support the elections planned for February 14 and 28.

Jibrin Ibrahim, a leading African election expert and senior fellow at the Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, in Abuja, who was at the meeting, said Mr. Jega told the meeting that security operatives from all the agencies told INEC that they were commencing a six weeks special operations against Boko Haram insurgents in the north eastern corridors of the country and would rather not be distracted by the elections.

Ekiti Election Rigging - Nigerian Army Captain Who Leaked Audio Gives Details

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Captain Sagir Koli, a Nigerian Army Captain, leaked audio evidence of how the Nigerian Army and other security agencies were used to rig the governorship election in Ekiti and Osun States last year. He has now given further testimony with details of how the rigging was perpetrated by top officials of the Federal Government and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

In a statement entitled: “How Nigerian Army personnel were used to rig Ekiti and Osun States Gubernatorial Elections 2014″, Captain Sagir Koli gave details of all that transpired between himself, his commanding officer, two ministers and some politicians prior to the elections in Ekiti state.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ekiti Election Rigging Audio - Governor Fayose & Senator Obanikoro Issue Statements

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In a recent recording released by Sahara reporters, it has been alleged that "President Goodluck Jonathan had instructed the Chief of Defense Staff, Alex Badeh, to use the army in arresting and intimidating opposition politicians before and during the election" in Ekiti State last year.

The audio recordings depict the meeting as being attended by Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, then PDP candidate; Senator Iyiola Omisore; a man identified as Honorable Abdulkareem; the Minister for Police Affairs Caleb Olubolade; and Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, then Minister of State for Defence. Mr. Chris Uba was also there with cash and soldiers.

Supposedly Governor Fayose reveals in the audio that "he had already bribed an official of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) to bring copies of voter ballots with the INEC logo to him that day." Listen to the entire audio and the staments made by Obanikoro and Governor Fayose on the audio below...