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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Alison Madueke: FG Will Pay Fuel Subsidy For 40 Days

Despite the recent reduction in the
pump price of petrol from N97 to
N87 per litre, the Federal
Government has said it will still pay
subsidy on the product for the next
40 days.

Obasanjo : I see Buhari as Nigerian President

Former Nigeria President, Chief
Olusegun Obasanjo has predicted that
the candidate of All Progressives
Congress (APC), General Muhammadu
Buhari will be the next Nigerian

Friday, January 23, 2015

Kano APC In Disarray, Kwankwasiya Movment To Support Jonathan

Indications are rife that all is not well
with the Kano state chapter of the
All Progressives Congress ( APC ), as
a result of a cold war between the
Kano State governor, Alh . Rabiu
Kwankwaso and the party's
presidential Flagbearer, Gen.
Muhammadu Buhari

Agric minister announces bird flu outbreak in 7 states

The Minister for Agriculture and Rural
Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina,
yesterday announced that avian
influenza, also known as bird flu, has hit
the nation's agriculture sector with
thousands of dead birds recorded
already

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tonto Dikeh 's Touching Tribute To The Late Muna Obiekwe

Just sitting here gazing at a picture
of a boy I know but now gone
because of an

Sule Lamido : Buhari is not a Democrat

Sule Lamido, the governor of Jigawa
State has said that the greatest mistake Nigerians would make "is to give their
mandate to an individual who does not

Doyin Okupe Blasts Buhari Again On Twitter – Nigerians Fires Back

Doyin Okupe early this morning took to
tweeter to lambast APC Presidential
Candidate Muhammadu Buhari......but to

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

patience Jonathan : Look at what the 1st lady has said about PDP and God

On the 17th of January 2015, Patience
Jonathan, The First Lady of Nigeria was
in Anambra State for a political campaign
rally for her Husband, President Goodluck
Jonathan.

Charly Boy: “Why I’m A Buddhist & Take My Siesta Inside A Coffin”

No, I no dey suck human blood, I no
be general overseer for illuminati, I
no dey Ogboni or for cult, e don
doooooooo. You People no go kill me
with laugh for Naija. The way eyes
dey red now, you go think say Apollo

"As For Me And My Household,We Will Vote For President Jonathan": Comedian Bovi

As a result of the current intense
political atmosphere in Nigeria with
its associated unethical
campaigns and rivalry between PDP
and APC, Comedian Bovi has urged
Nigerians to "save the insults and
bickering" because

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How Pastors Receive CURSES - T.B. Joshua

On Sunday 18th January 2015, Nigerian
Pastor T.B. Joshua cautioned pastors
against trying to compel people to give
offerings in the church and politicians
against trying to force people to love
them through wild promises made during
elections.
"It's Scriptural to ask for offering
and tithes but it has to come from

Revealed, Muna Obiekwe Was A Heavy Smoker And Drinker

Muna Obiekwe's godmother Vera
Kanu has divulged some of the
secrets of the late actor which might
have contributed to his death.
In an exclusive chat with icampus,
Vera Kanu revealed that Muna was a
chain smoker and an alcoholic.
According to her,Muna's addiction to
smoking and alcohol contributed
immensely to his kidney failure.
Speaking further,she said the late
actor lost his parents a while ago in a
ghastly car accident and since then
has used he alcohol and smoking to
console himself.As a result,he felt
sick and visited a doctor who made a
diagnosis of kidney disease.The
doctor suggested he should do at
least 20 kidney dialyses to re-
energize his kidney and was asked
to quit smoking and
drinking.However,he was unable to
quit drinking and smoking.She also
said the actor is married with two
kids(twins) who live abroad with the
wife.
"I was with him to the last hour. He
was to do up to 20 dialyses; the
doctor said if the dialysis improved
his condition, the worse would
certainly be over. He will be okay
only if he stays away from alcohol
but you know our artiste."
"The dialysis was expensive for
Muna.He was doing two in a week
sometimes. And he would need
blood injection on each
occasion.Each appointment was
costing him between N250,000 to
N300, 000; money he did not really
have to spend. His health was eating
deep into his purse yet Muna
refused to go cap in hand begging
for alms. He was a private guy who
didn't want the press or his
colleagues to feast on his pain."
"He was managing it on his own. As
a matter of fact, he has been
managing it for a while until Ejiro
Okurame and I came on board to
help. We were combining resources
to help him but there
was very little we could do to save
him. We had to enlist the help of
Patience Ozokwor and Kanayo
O.Kanayo (KOK) at a point. They
rendered the help
they could until he died.
She also said the late actor lived a
private life.
"The guy was private. He kept to
himself a lot and most importantly,
kept his private life private; for
instance, many people did not even
know he was married with two
children. Such was his life. He didn't
want press or his colleagues to start
prying. He was particularly afraid of
the press,hence his shutting his
colleagues out of his pain.He knew if
some Nollywood people got to know
about it, the press would also get to
know. He refused to beg to save
Nollywood's image, he in-
turn, lost himself."
Speaking further,she said everybody
in the industry was aware of his
drinking habit.
"Everybody in the industry knows
Muna drinks a lot; even when he's
shooting in the North, he has a way
of finding alcohol. He fell into it,
after he lost his parents in a ghastly
motor accident. 'As a matter of fact,
he was supposed to be in that car
with them but by stroke of luck, he
wasn't and was spared. Afterwards,
Muna took solace in
liquor but that never affected his
job. He was just like Sam Loco; he
could drink the whole sea but
when he hears the director shout
'action,' he gets into character.
Muna was a method character
despite his flaws''.
She blasted Ibinabo
Fiberesima,saying Ibinabo has been
partial in her administration.
" Don't mind that foolish ibinabo, she
never treat everyone equally, she
sees some of us as her enemy and
never bother about our well being."

Revealed, Muna Obiekwe Was A Heavy Smoker And Drinker

Muna Obiekwe's godmother Vera
Kanu has divulged some of the
secrets of the late actor which might
have contributed to his death.
In an exclusive chat with icampus,
Vera Kanu revealed that Muna was a
chain smoker and an alcoholic.
According to her,Muna's addiction to
smoking and alcohol contributed
immensely to his kidney failure.
Speaking further,she said the late
actor lost his parents a while ago in a
ghastly car accident and since then
has used he alcohol and smoking to
console himself.As a result,he felt
sick and visited a doctor who made a
diagnosis of kidney disease.The
doctor suggested he should do at
least 20 kidney dialyses to re-
energize his kidney and was asked
to quit smoking and
drinking.However,he was unable to
quit drinking and smoking.She also
said the actor is married with two
kids(twins) who live abroad with the
wife.
"I was with him to the last hour. He
was to do up to 20 dialyses; the
doctor said if the dialysis improved
his condition, the worse would
certainly be over. He will be okay
only if he stays away from alcohol
but you know our artiste."
"The dialysis was expensive for
Muna.He was doing two in a week
sometimes. And he would need
blood injection on each
occasion.Each appointment was
costing him between N250,000 to
N300, 000; money he did not really
have to spend. His health was eating
deep into his purse yet Muna
refused to go cap in hand begging
for alms. He was a private guy who
didn't want the press or his
colleagues to feast on his pain."
"He was managing it on his own. As
a matter of fact, he has been
managing it for a while until Ejiro
Okurame and I came on board to
help. We were combining resources
to help him but there
was very little we could do to save
him. We had to enlist the help of
Patience Ozokwor and Kanayo
O.Kanayo (KOK) at a point. They
rendered the help
they could until he died.
She also said the late actor lived a
private life.
"The guy was private. He kept to
himself a lot and most importantly,
kept his private life private; for
instance, many people did not even
know he was married with two
children. Such was his life. He didn't
want press or his colleagues to start
prying. He was particularly afraid of
the press,hence his shutting his
colleagues out of his pain.He knew if
some Nollywood people got to know
about it, the press would also get to
know. He refused to beg to save
Nollywood's image, he in-
turn, lost himself."
Speaking further,she said everybody
in the industry was aware of his
drinking habit.
"Everybody in the industry knows
Muna drinks a lot; even when he's
shooting in the North, he has a way
of finding alcohol. He fell into it,
after he lost his parents in a ghastly
motor accident. 'As a matter of fact,
he was supposed to be in that car
with them but by stroke of luck, he
wasn't and was spared. Afterwards,
Muna took solace in
liquor but that never affected his
job. He was just like Sam Loco; he
could drink the whole sea but
when he hears the director shout
'action,' he gets into character.
Muna was a method character
despite his flaws''.
She blasted Ibinabo
Fiberesima,saying Ibinabo has been
partial in her administration.
" Don't mind that foolish ibinabo, she
never treat everyone equally, she
sees some of us as her enemy and
never bother about our well being."

Monday, January 19, 2015

Nollywood Actor,Muna Obiekwe Dies Of Kidney Failure

Popular Nollywood actor, Muna
Obiekwe has passed away after a
battle with Kidney failure.
The Trent exclusively reports that
the actor passed away in the
afternoon of Sunday, January 18,
2015 in a hospital in Festac, Lagos.
Obiekwe had been battling with
kidney disease for a long time which
he reportedly kept secret from his
colleagues in the Nigerian
entertainment industry.
His condition deteriorated in recent
times, which eventually led to his
death.
A reliable source said Obiekwe was rushed to
the hospital on Sunday morning
after he was found vomiting at
home. Unfortunately he lost the
battle and passed away in the
hospital.
This is a very sad loss for Nollywood.
May his soul rest in peace.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mercy Johnson Is Wanted By Nigerian Police

The veteran Nollywood actress is
allegedly wanted by the Nigerian
Police for over N2 Million Unfinished
Movie Debt.
A movie Marketer, Film Mark
Productions accused Mercy Johnson
of running off with over two million
Naira, paid to her for a role in a
movie.
According to reports, the actress,
Mercy Johnson was paid by the
marketer March last year to star in
his movie that kicked-off
production in April, but she
abandoned the production after few
days and featuring in just few
scenes.
The filmmaker claim Mercy's excuse
for leaving the movie set was for her
to go spend the Easter holidays with
her family and will return after a day
or two, but never returned again till
date.
The filmmaker claims they had to
continue paying hotel bills for an
extra 33 days, because she kept
giving them hopes that she would
return to the movie set.
After several weeks of not returning,
theytheard she was pregnant with
her second child and had jetted off
to the US to stay out hertremaining
trimester's before giving birth.
Immediately the Filmmaker heard
the rumour of her pregnancy with
her second child, he reported the
case to the Police and Mercy was
declared wanted.
He insisted that he wanted his
money to hire another artiste to
continue with his job.
Mercy johnson has not returned to
Nigeria from America where she
welcomed her second child several
months ago.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fayose - Obasanjo Wants To Make Buhari President So That He'll Die In Office

The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayo
Fayose, has urged Nigerians to be
very careful with Olusegun
Obasanjo,in relation to next month's
presidential election.
According to Fayose , Obasanjo
wants to make an old man like Gen.
Buhari,the president of Nigeria so
that he will die in office like late
Musa Yar'Adua.He said what
happened to Yar'Adua is about to
repeat itself if Gen. Buhari wins the
presidential election.
Disclosing this today Thursday,
January 15,in Ado-Ekiti, Fayose said
heis baffled why Obasanjo has a
misunderstanding with President
Jonathan,stressing that the
relationship between Obasanjo and
APC leader, Bola Tinubu, is "like a
lion and a goat living together".
Read his statement below...
"Nigerians should be wary of
Obasanjo's banana peel. He was the
one who put forward Umar Yar 'Adua
as the president knowing the man's
state of health and the man died in
office. He was the one who said
President Goodluck Jonathan was
the best for Nigeria and that without
him there would be no Nigeria."
"The question people should ask
former President Obasanjo is what
has gone wrong between now and
then? He is against President
Jonathan because the President
refused to be pocketed by him and
any Nigerian leader who wants to
succeed will not allow that. Obasanjo
is now presenting General
Muhammadu Buhari as the best
candidate
for Nigeria knowing the man's age
and that the pressure of office would
be too much for him."
"In the North, there are so many
qualified, brilliant and credible
people who can rule the country
well.Why is Obasanjo going after an
old horse that may collapse mid way.
Nigerians should know the state of
health of Buhari. His age and health
cannot stand the rigours of the
office. Nigerians deserve to know
the health status of Buhari."
"The strange love between Obasanjo
and Tinubu is like a lion and a goat
living together in the same house.
Jonathan should be allowed to
complete
his term and after that the North will
be allowed to present credible
candidate in 2019, not an old horse
being put forward."

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I Have Chosen To Vote For GEJ - Ibinabo Fiberesima

President of the Actors Guild of
Nigeria, Ibinabo Fiberesima is a very
happy woman. After a long absence
from being in the cosy company and
under the care of a man, the mother
of five now has a man she can call
her own again.
Ibinabo-and-hubbyShe so happy
about it that she flaunts the picture
of herself and the new love of her
life, Uche Egbuka, on every of her
social media handle.The hardworking
'Presido' as they call her has her
hands on a good pie and she is
telling every other woman- back off!
Another obsession the woman is
pandering right now is her love for
President Goodluck Jonathan. Say
something untoward about the
President or Uche and the amiable
former beauty queen could turn
ugly, real ugly.
Recently, she was involved in a
debate on a social handle over
whether President Goodluck
Jonathan is good enough for a
second term or not. In spite of all
reasons presented to her, she stood
her ground that come hell or high
water she would stick with the
President.
"I have chosen to vote for GEJ. This
is my choice. If anyone insults me
that's fine. I won't utter any abusive
word. We all have our rights and our
consciences. Lets use them wisely"
she sternly declared.

5 Questions Obasanjo Asked Jonathan In Abeokuta Meeting

The reconciliatory visit of President
Goodluck Jonathan was a tensed one
as former president, Olusegun
Obasanjo put him on the hot seat in
his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta on
Monday, Leadership exclusively
gathered.
Flanked by the general overseer of
the Redeemed Christian Church of
God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and the
founder of Living Faith Church,
Bishop David Oyedepo, who were
there as witnesses to the meeting
on request of the Egba chief, asked
him questions which he had earlier
thrown up in his correspondence to
Jonathan.
Questions from Obasanjo mother of
all meetings with Jonathan include
the five highlighted below.
The former president asked him to
confirm if he did not agree to only
run for one term, his slow action to
tackling the Boko Haram menace
when it was just budding despite
warning, why he gave licence to
Tompolo and Asari Dokubo to import
arms under the names of their
private companies and other issues.
He queried, "Tell the truth, the
whole truth, and nothing but the
truth,
( 1) Did you agree to run for only
one term or not?
(2) What did you tell me was
your reason for not going after
Boko Haram insurgents even
when I told you this will
boomerang?
(3) What happened to Nigeria's
external reserve and Sovereign
Wealth Fund?
(4) Did you give licence to Niger
Delta militants (Dokubo and
Tompolo) to import arms in the
name of their privately owned
companies? If so, for what
reason?
(5) Did you not get
correspondence from the United
States consulate that a certain
citizen named Buruji Kashamu
is indicted for drug trafficking?
Why did you appoint the same
Kashamu as South West leader
of PDP rather than hand him
over to the US? And did the PDP
give automatic Senate ticket to
a wanted and convicted drug
baron?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

President Jonathan Hugs General Buhari At Election Sensitization Workshop

Live on AIT this morning!
President Jonathan Hugs General
Buhari At Election Sensitization
Workshop.

Is this Maturity or hypocrisy ?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fuel Importation Will End In 2018 – Aganga

The Minister of Industry, Trade and
Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga,
has said that the Federal
Government plans to ensure that
the country stops the importation of
petroleum products by 2018.
He said this during an interview on
Friday during a visit to Mikano
International Limited in Ogba, Lagos.
Aganga, who also inspected the
manufacturing plants of the
company, said going by the
government's Industrial Revolution
Plan, which became effective in
2012, there were plans to make the
country to stop the importation of
refined petroleum products by 2018.
The minister said, "There are many
sectors we should have developed
over the years, but for decades, we
relied entirely on exporting raw
materials. That era has gone. That
was why this administration
launched the Industrial Revolution
plan in 2012. We have started it
already, and you can see it in the
auto, the sugar, and the cotton and
textile industries.
"If this investment goes according to
plan; then by 2018, we will no longer
import petroleum products into this
country. We can no longer be a
country that is import-dependent,
especially in products we can
produce ourselves. Nigeria has a
comparative advantage in the agro-
industrial, mining-related and
petroleum sectors.
"Stopping the importation of oil will
save us a minimum of $10bn. We
have spent about $3bn importing
steel. We spent about $6bn
importing cars and spare parts. We
spent about $1.7bn importing sugar,
but we can in fact grow sugar cane
in this country.
"As part of the industrial revolution
plan, we have also identified 13
products that will replace oil. These
are areas where Nigeria has
comparative advantage and export
capacity. Mexico did it in seven
years. We can also start and
diversify our economy and revenue
sources."
Aganga, who commended the
management of Mikano for its role in
the industrial revolution plan, noted
that the government would also
create an enabling environment for
it and others to operate.
Receiving the minister on behalf of
the company were the Chairman,
Mikano International Limited, Mr.
Mofeed Karameh; Managing
Director, Mr. Christian Faren;
Financial Director, Mr. Muneer Nassr;
and other officials.
The minister was conducted round
the plant steel fabrication, power
solutions and other divisions by the
officials.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government
has identified out 13 national
strategic export products that can
replace crude oil whose prices have
continued to decline in the
international market.
Aganga, who stated this, noted that
the need to identify the products
became imperative since the drop in
the prices of crude oil was currently
threatening the stability of the
Nigerian economy.
A statement from the Nigeria Export
Promotion Council on Sunday in
Abuja quoted the minister as saying
this during a meeting with the
Executive Director of the council, Mr.
Olusegun Awolowo, and members of
the management team of the NEPC
The minister, according to the
statement, said this was part of the
spirited moves by the government
to revive the national economy.
While unveiling plans by the Federal
Government to diversify the
economy, Aganga listed the 13
national strategic export products in
three categories thus: agro-industrial
(palm oil, cocoa, cashew, sugar and
rice); mining-related (cement, iron
ore/metals, auto parts/cars,
aluminium, and oil and gas); and
industrial products (petroleum
products, fertilizer/Urea,
petrochemical and methanol)

Monday, January 12, 2015

ASARI DOKUNBO SAYS HE DOESN'T SEE HIMSELF AS A NIGERIAN.

Founder of the Niger Delta Peoples
Volunteer Force, NDPVF, Mr Asari
Dokubo, has denied himself
citizenship of the nation Nigeria.
The former freedom fighter said he
couldn't establish anything in a
'strange land' where his enemies
abound.
Dokubo stated this while speaking as
guest in 'Rubbin Minds', a
programme on the Channels
Television on Sunday.
The Niger Delta indigene who had
vowed to make blood flow on the
streets of the country if Jonathan
loses as president of the nation
come February 14, publicly declared
that he had no regret dumping
Nigeria for neighboring Benin
Republic.
When asked why he did not
establish his institution in the
country, a fire-splitting Asari said: "I
am a businessman. My business is
mostly centered around education. I
have about four schools.
"I have crèche, nursery and
secondary school, King Amachree
International School in Cotonou,
Republic of Benin. I have King
Amachree Automobile and ICT
Academy and I have King Amachree
Arts Academy and King Amachree
Sports Academy.
"Its only education that I do. By
March, King Amachree African
University will come on board".
He noted that his passion for
education, despite not completing
his own university education, was
because the quality of education
being offered in Nigeria was very
inadequate as he believes "it just
prepares people to speak English, to
write and to make noise.
"Any student who graduates from
my school is skilled,".
Asked why, according to reports, he
has a university in the Republic of
Benin rather than building it in
Nigeria, he said, "I don't see myself
as a Nigerian and I cannot establish
a school in an enemy territory.
"For over 30 years, I've been at
loggerheads with the Nigerian
Government, first as a Student
Union leader, then President of
National Union of Rivers State
Students, participating in student
unionism.
"I have been an enemy of the
Nigerian state, so to say. Up till
today, there's a treason trial hanging
on my head and you cannot just put
your business in an environment
where one person would get up and
say 'I close down this business'.
"I want somewhere where I can
express myself and flourish and
that's what I'm doing. We started
small but gradually we are becoming
bigger and bigger."
Asari Dokubo, who became a citizen
of the neighbouring Republic of
Benin in 2013 maintained that he
had never been a Nigerian citizen.
"I have never been a Nigerian.
Nations are not created by force…
they are created by the people. You
saw Scotland trying to vote yes or
no. Today no Scottish man can say
'I'm not a Briton' because majority of
Scottish people have accepted to
remain in the British Union."
He also gave his opinion about
Nigeria's 2014 National Conference,
maintaining that the existence of a
"no-go-area", among other issues,
meant that the country was yet to
hold a sovereign national
conference, which he had demanded
for 30 years.
"We don't want a situation where
somebody will arrogate to himself
the power to decide the fate of
other people. We want a Nigeria that
recognizes that there are different
nations no matter how small they
are, and they are accorded the same
space in Nigeria," he added.

Seun Kuti:I Wil Not Vote For Buhari Because Of What He Did 2 My Father 31yrs Ago

Singer Seun Kuti,the son of popular
late afrobeat legend Fela Kuti has
said he can not vote for Buhari
because of what he did to his father
31 years ago.
According to him,Buhari jailed his
father and denied him the chance of
seeing his father when he was
young.
"Truth is that I have no reason to
give my vote to any of the two
contestants, but more especially
Buhari because of the eternal
emotional damage he caused the
Kuti family, especially me" .
"I will only urge Nigerians, especially
her youths, to come out enmasse to
elect the ruler of their choice so that
Nigeria's democracy will continue to
grow. As for me though, I will never
vote for Buhari because of what he
did to my father. It is a personal
grouse."
"Buhari denied me the chance of
seeing my father in the early stage
of my life. He arrested and detained
Fela in Kirikiri for the same number
of years I was growing up without a
father, and even did not allow his
family members to see him on a
daily basis. He eventually jailed my
father and I will always remember
that. He jailed my innocent father on
currency trafficking, but he is
claiming to be a saint now."

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Tony Okoroji's Open Letter To Jonathan

Your Excellency,
Please forgive me for writing you
through this medium. I can imagine
how busy you must be, especially at
this time that the elections are by
the corner. With the many
gatekeepers you have, if I posted
the letter, the chance of your ever
reading it can be imagined. I don't
even know if NIPOST is still working.
Do you know, sir? Since I am not a
governor, a party chairman, an oba,
a minister, a man of God, etc, I
reckon that your gate keepers will
be infuriated that I even had the
effrontery to address a letter to you.
I can imagine one of them reacting
in anger: Who this Tony Okoroji think
him be sef? Who told him that he
can send a letter to the C-in C, the
president of the largest black nation
on earth?' They would have torn my
letter into a thousand shreds and
thrown the shreds into a trash can.
Please believe me; I could not
control the desperate urge to reach
you and express myself, dear leader.
Honestly, I have become worried
that your gatekeepers are behaving
like they own you; they are the only
ones who love you and that you
should listen to them only. It is a lie!
The truth is that there are millions of
us in this country who genuinely
think that you are an ok guy and
wish you well.
I hope sir that you will be kind
enough to tell those guys of yours
not to call the security people to
teach me a hot lesson for this my
foolishness. You know that you rule
over a large country, in fact the
most populous in Africa. In this very
large country, we are made up of all
kinds; the brilliant, prophets, seers,
419ers, magicians, the foolish, etc. If
by any chance, you do not like
anything I have written in this letter,
for the sake of my children, forgive
me and just say to yourself, 'he is
just one of those foolish Nigerians
that I rule.'
I am really scared of your guys. They
might even say to you that just like
in Fr. Mbaka's case, Ngige has given
me N800 million to write this letter.
Sorry sir, with oil price dancing
sekem-sekem, is there still that kind
of money left in Nigeria? If Ngige has
that kind of cash to throw around,
then things can't be that bad. My
boss, if you want, you can
investigate this: I have never met
Mbaka. I do not know Ngige. I have
no business with Buhari or Osinbajo
or Tinubu or Amaechi or even OBJ or
any of the rascals who keep heaping
insults on you. My president, you are
the only one I know. I swear, nobody
has given meshishi.
Before I go any further, let me join
others to express my condolence on
the recent passing on of your dear
sister. May the Almighty receive her
soul and give you the fortitude to
bear the loss.
Your excellency, my dear president,
I love my country with all my heart
but I am also a very proud Igbo man.
People say that Igbos do not support
their own. That is not quite true. The
truth is that Igbos don't like to be
made a fool of. You can bear witness
to the fact that four years ago, when
your handlers reminded everyone
that your full name is Goodluck
Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan and you put
on the red cap for which we are
known, Igbos came out in droves to
support you. You were considered
their brother. Our people voted for
you en masse.
Your gatekeepers might not tell you
but the joke around town is that
once the election was over, Azikiwe
disappeared from your name, the
red cap disappeared from your
wardrobe and the black bowler hat
returned. You came back to being a
100 percent Ijaw man and Igbos
were left alone to continue to bear
their many burdens.
A few days to the last Christmas, I
was stuck in a bad traffic jam on the
Niger bridge between Asaba and
Onitsha, the same bridge built about
50 years ago by the government led
by a Muslim man, Alhaji Abubakar
Tafawa Balewa. Many times we have
been promised a second Niger
bridge to reduce our pain. Mr.
President sir, I am not an ethnic
jingoist but just put yourself in our
shoes. How do you think we feel?
For six years, an Azikiwe has been in
charge at Aso Rock and the more we
look, the less we see the second
Niger bridge or anything else of real
value!
Some say that the Igbos have no
king. Maybe not in the same sense
that other people believe that a
certain child of God was born to rule
over them. We believe in hard work
and merit. We are certain that if
there is fairness and a level playing
field, the Igbo man will thrive
anywhere. With the Igbos, you have
to earn your kingship. The late Zik of
Africa and Owelle of Onitsha, the
great Nnamdi Azikiwe whose name
you took, earned his kingship. Go
around much of Igboland today,
almost everyone seriously seeking
office will not just put out a poster
but one carrying his photograph and
that of the late Ikemba Nnewi, Eze
Igbo, Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu
Ojukwu. Ojukwu was an Igbo King.
You may therefore understand my
horror when it was announced last
week that one Femi Fani Kayode has
been appointed your campaign
spokesman. I am usually a very
tolerant guy but I instantly felt like
vomiting. Femi Fani Kayode?! Is this
not the same guy that gleefully went
before the world to claim that he
had slept with Her Excellency,
Bianca Ojukwu, your ambassador
and wife of the revered Igbo King,
Eze Guburugburu, Chukwuemeka
Odimegwu Ojukwu? If your
excellency does not know, what this
guy did was to slap the face of every
self-respecting Igbo man. It was
sacrilege. I find it incredulous that in
the whole of Nigeria, they could not
find you a better person than this
man who goes about boasting about
the women he has gone to bed with.
Mr. President sir, are you going to
send this man to Igboland to speak
on your behalf? Tufiakwa! Mbah!
Whoever foisted that decision on
you is not your friend. He does not
want the Igbos or any other
discerning Nigerian to vote for you.
I don't care what anybody says, you
are an inspiration to millions of poor
people across Africa. For a guy who
had no shoes to go on to get a BSc,
MSc and PhD and swiftly move on to
be a deputy governor, governor,
vice president and president, the
office over which many in Nigeria
have lost their lives, is nothing but
awesome. This is a country where
there are hundreds of thousands of
young people who can only dream
about a university degree not
because they are not smart but
because their country is not smart.
Your excellency, you know that the
last election was a cake walk. Please
do not listen to any of these your
many hangers on who tells you that
the situation is still the same.
Nigerians are in no mood for a phone
call and 'I love you' this coming
valentine day election. The love has
soured. The mood has changed a lot.
I am afraid. I don't know how you are
going to pull this iron out of the fire.
Have I forgotten that your name is
Goodluck? No sir! It is just that this
time, you may need all the luck you
were born with and more.
Mr. President, sir! How can I get so
close to you and my life does not
change? I am sure you will think I am
not a true Nigerian if I close this this
letter without asking the all-
important question: Anything for the
boys?

Northern Leaders meet over Buhari's health issue

INDICATIONS have emerged that
prominent Northern leaders and
elders who had initially declared
support for the candidacy of General
Muhammadu Buhari in the February
elections have started reconsidering
their position, following alarms that
the general might be suffering a
serious health challenge.
Online channels had last week
indicated that Buhari collapsed
during the presidential campaign
rally of the All Progressives Congress
(APC) in Calabar, Cross River State.
Though the party had denied the
report, it was learnt that the
development had immediately
prompted meetings among top
hierarchy of the Northern political
establishment to review the Buhari
situation.
Sources in the polity had told
Sunday Tribune that the North is
becoming wary of a possible repeat
of the situation it found itself
following the death of President
Umaru Yar'Adua in office in May
2010, some three years into his
tenure, following a debilitating
sickness.
The illness had surfaced during the
2007 presidential campaign, leading
to rumours of Yar'Adua's death, but
he bounced back on the campaign
train and won the election.
"The North is beginning to rethink
the promised support for Buhari in
view of reports that he is suffering
from a certain ailment which is
believed to be wearing him down.
There are also reports that the
elders are pushing to cut a deal with
Jonathan to complete his tenure in
2019 but extract a promise that
power would be returned to the
North via a younger and energetic
Northerner," a source said.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

IS GENERAL BUHARI FALLING SICK ?

General Muhammadu Buhari Falls Sick:
Cancels Campaign In Benin, Delta State
Hope For Nigeria writes:
**he was 10 hours late to the campaign
in Delta state, as Aides claimed that he
was so weak and needed medical
attention.
**Pa Buhari fell down in calabar stadium
on 07/01/2015, as a result of fatigue,
party claim it was his long cloths that
tripped him.
The presidential candidate of the All
progressive congress (APC), Pa
Muhammadu Buhari who has not being
in good health condition in the last 18
months has finally cancelled his
electionary campaign in Benin city, Edo
state capital as a result of ill-health.
On the 7th of January, 2015, the
candidate, Muhammadu Buhari was
visibly looking frail and weak, fell down
during his campaign in Calabar as a
result of fatigue, but party leader said
that it was the long dress that he was
given to wear that tripped him.
Pa Buhari (73) was 10 hours late to his
campaign in Warri, Delta state, as close
Aides complained that "he was so weak
this morning and needed medical
attention". When he managed to reach
the warri stadium in Delta state, he was
received by 986 people.
The former Military dictator's family are
worried about his health and wondering
how he will cope with the busy schedule.
The APC leadership in swift reaction to
this situation has said that Prof Osibanjo,
Buhari's Vice Presidential candidate will
be drafted to some state, while they
monitor who Pa buhari will cope with the
remaining states.

Cameroon Appeals For International Military Aid To Fight Boko Haram

Cameroon's President, Paul Biya, has
appealed for international military
help to fight Islamist militant group
Boko Haram, which during the week
threatened to step up its cross-
border raids into the country from
Nigeria.
The Nigerian group is part of a
"global" movement that has
attacked Mali, the Central African
Republic and Somalia in its drive to
establish its authority from the
Indian Ocean to the Atlantic, Biya
said.
"A global threat calls for a global
response. Such should be the
response of the international
community, including the African
Union and our regional
organizations," he said in a New Year
speech on Thursday to diplomats at
the presidential palace.
He said that he regretted that a
regional military force against the
Islamists had yet to be established.
At least 15 people were killed in an
attack on a bus in north Cameroon
on New Year's day.
A man purporting to be Boko
Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau,
threatened in a video posted online
during the week to step up violence
in Cameroon unless it scrapped its
constitution and embraced Islam.
Biya did not comment on the video
in his speech.
The country has deployed more
troops to its Far North region and
has killed hundreds of the Islamist
fighters. New laws aimed at
stamping out the militants were also
helping, Biya said.
"Although weakened by the losses it
has suffered, our foe nonetheless
remains capable of bouncing back,"
he said.
The German government donated
120 all-terrain vehicles to
Cameroon's military in November.
Boko Haram is the main security
threat to Nigeria, Africa's leading
energy producer and biggest
economy and also threatens Chad
and Niger.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Fashola Fires back at president Jonathan right after the president's Visit to Lagos state

The governor of Lagos State, Babatunde
Fashola, has dismissed the speech
presented by President Goodluck
Jonathan at the inauguration of the
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,
campaign, in Lagos on Wednesday,
saying it had become obvious that the
president could no longer rule the
country.
Speaking in Benin City, the Edo State
capital on Thursday during the Edo Town
Hall meeting, the governor said the
president spent close to an hour
delivering his speech without being able
to explain what he had done in the last
six years had been in power or what he
would do if re-elected.
Mr. Fashola, who spoke after the vice
presidential candidate of the All
Progressives Congress, APC, Femi
Osinbajo, unfolded the party's
programme, said Mr. Jonathan did not
only exhibit unnecessary anger but was
critical of his predecessor without
unfolding his plan for the country.
"Today, you have listened to a vice
presidential candidate telling you in 29
minutes many things you will never hear
at a rally because the time for such
discussions doesn't exist for many
Nigerian want to interrogate people
making empty promises, the governor
said.
"But we chose to be different because
we are bustling with ideas. We know
ideas can change things. He (Osinbajo)
has spoken to you for 29 minutes. He
has been on this assignment for only
three weeks and he has discussed power
with you, he has discussed employment
with you, he has discussed agriculture
with you, he has discussed welfare
scheme, health care, youth development
with you without reading any speech. He
has been there for three weeks only and
he has not been yet elected.
"Now what is on the other side (PDP),
because I spent about an hour listening
to the president in my state? For almost
the same period I saw a very angry
president. I saw a president who is
lamenting about people judging his
performance and blaming all those who
ruled before him, forgetting that he has
been on this job for six years.
"And he kept saying 'they say we don't
have a plan' and for almost 45 minutes
he did not reveal a plan on security, he
did not reveal a plan on corruption. I
listened to him. Now after six years
without being able to articulate what he
has done and what he will do but
blaming everybody and forgetting that
he is the Commander-in-Chief. If the
kitchen is becoming too hot as it's
becoming obvious he must get out of it."
Mr. Fashola, a member of the APC, who
will complete his second tenure as
governor in May, said the coming
election would be about job approval.
He said, "This election is going to be
about job approval. It is not about where
you come from; it is not about how
young he is; it is job approval after six
years. Are you happy with your
situation?
"So if after six years he has not been
able to explain to you what he is doing
with your time, with your resource – 52
% revenue formula, do you want to
continue another four years."
The governor said unlike the PDP
presidential candidate, Mr. Osinbajo was
a man who had not done the job but able
to explain his party's agenda just three
weeks after he was named a vice
presidential running mate.
He said he knew Mr. Osinbajo very well
having served as attorney general and
commissioner for justice in the
administration of former Governor Bola
Tinubu the same time he (Fashola)
served as Chief of Staff.
"I know this man. He was AG of Lagos
State when I was Chief of Staff to
Governor Tinubu. People have
introduced him as a pastor, yes he is.
But he is also a professor of law. He
became a professor at 33 or so. So he
has taught many lawyers and he still
teaches. He also goes to court and he
still preaches religion. That is the
versatility of the man," he said.
"What many people do not know, which
the PDP people agreed – God bless the
soul of Late Umaru Yar'Adua, who said
the election that brought him to power
was flawed they rigged everything that
was 'riggable'. It was Professesor
Osinbajo that challenged all of us saying
'we can't let this thing go without a
challenge. Let us go and go get forensic
expert because I believe that the ballot
papers was thumb-printed not by
legitimate voters and he brought
somebody and one by one it showed
where either the same person voted 100
times… they used palm kernel. That is
the capacity of the man who wants to be
your vice president."
Earlier, Mr. Osinbajo had asked the
audience to vote for change in the
coming election.
"We must change everything that
affects us in Nigeria and this is our
opportunity. February 14, 2015 is that
opportunity. We have no choice but to
make a change. There is no time to
waste. We have a great opportunity to
change this country," he said amid
cheers from the audience.
The APC vice presidential running mate
said the priority of the APC "is first
employment because we need to get
the young people back to work".
He said, "If we continue at the rate we
are going, we will have more people out
of work; we would have doubled the
people out of work now by 2016. We are
churning out people from the university
and institutions but we are not engaging
them. It is important that we find
solution."
Mr. Osinbajo explained that the party's
manifesto has outlined how it would
tackle the power challenge, education,
and other issues.
He said, "Let us not assume that running
this country is rocket science, that
running this country is difficult. It is not.
Other countries that have less resources
than us are well run. All we need to do is
to put people who know. I pray that God
gives us the opportunity to run this
country and the country will be
unrecognisable in one year."

President Jonathan publicly blasted Buhari

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that his strategy for combating corruption is not by indiscriminate arrest and jail of people.
Speaking to party supporters at the flag off of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos on Thursday, Mr. Jonathan said that the best way to tackle corruption is to strengthen public institutions.
"I stand by due process. Any country that does not respect due process is a jungle,"Mr. Jonathan said.
"They say to be strong is to jail people indiscriminately. For 300 years. Is that where you want to go?"
The President began his speech by stating that he was addressing young Nigerians who would be voting for the first time.
He asked them to verify from their elderly uncles and aunties the truth about Buhari's government in the 80's, adding that they must choose between a vote to be relevant or be treated as a"nonsense person".
"They said they will fight insecurity. When he (General Buhari) was Head of State, did he buy one rifle for the Nigerian soldiers?
"Ask them what they did with the defence budget."
President Jonathan also used the opportunity to apologize to federal civil servants for the delay in their December salary, attributing it to the IPPIS system which, he said, shut down after officials attempted to divert some of the salaries.
Mr. Jonathan also laughed off media reports that the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, had thrown their weight behind the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.
"Orkar, the leader of MEND, is in South African prison because he was procured by some Nigerians to assassinate me,"Mr. Jonathan said.
"The man who is in South African prison for killing Nigerians is endorsing some people."
Earlier, President Jonathan and his ruling PDP had officially opened their campaign towards next month's presidential and governorship elections in Lagos, with a vow to emerge victorious at the polls.
The president and all PDP state governors made the declaration at the Tafawa Balewa Square.
In his opening remarks, Ahmadu Ali, the Director of the Jonathan-Sambo Campaign Organisation, said that the PDP, unlike the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, belongs to all Nigerians.
"The PDP is not the exclusive preserve of an individual who has turned Lagos into a cow to be milked," said Mr. Ali.
Tunji Shelle, Chairman, Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State, on Thursday said the impressive turnout at the party's rally in Lagos indicated support for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The party later presented its flags to the governorship candidates of the respective states.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Nigeria: Buhari Vows To Send All Corrupt Politicians To Kirikiri Prison

Former Head of State and All
Progressives Congress presidential
candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu
Buhari (retd.), has assured Nigerians
that all corrupt politicians will end up in
jail once he is elected into power.
Gen. Buhari, who gave the assurance
on Tuesday during the APC rally and
the presentation of the party's
governorship flag to Umana Umana as
its candidate in Akwa Ibom State in
Uyo, said he would close all loopholes
through which money was being
siphoned out of the country.
"When we come into power, anyone
who steals Nigerian money will end up
in Kirikiri Maximum Prisons. We are
going to make sure that Nigeria's
wealth belongs only to Nigerians," he
said.
He decried the overdependence of
Nigeria on oil, saying that the country
would not have faced the economic
downturn if the country had invested in
agriculture.
According to Buhari, Nigeria used to
export tin and columbite but all of a
sudden, it stopped producing and
exporting these minerals with the
belief that the country has oil.
On the power sector, Buhari stated
that many industries had shut down
operation because of epileptic power
supply.
He noted that Nigerian producers were
not able to compete in the
international market because of huge
cost of generating alternative power.
Buhari, who was a former military Head
of State, assured Nigerians that his
government would create over three
million jobs yearly to take care of the
jobless youths.

I’ll Expose Failures Of Ex-heads Of State – Jonathan

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan,
yesterday, pleaded with Nigerians to
vote him in for a second term on
account of his achievements in the
last six years.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
candidate, while inaugurating the
Goodluck/Sambo 2015 Presidential
Campaign Organisation, PCO, at the
PDP Presidential Campaign office,
Legacy House, Maitama, Abuja
promised to unfold to Nigerians what
his government has done in the last
couple of years that presidents and
heads of state before him could not
achieve.
I will expose my predecessors'
failings –Jonathan
Jonathan promised to expose the
failings of his predecessors including
Buhari, which stunted the country's
growth and development.
Former Military President, Ibrahim
Babangida had described his
government as saintly compared to
successive administrations in terms
of prevalence of corruption, just as
former President Olusegun
Obasanjo, on Monday, took a swipe
at President Jonathan, accusing him
among other things of squandering $
55 billion crude oil savings left
behind by his Administration.
President Jonathan, who noted
that his administration has
performed more than the
previous ones with the nation's
economy as the largest in
Africa, said: "When we start
campaigns, we will confront
them with what we have done
as a government, we will tell
them what they did not do
when they were heads of state.
Some people want to still keep
these children as shoe cleaners,
we must lift them up. Our
children should not be used as
cannon folders. They should be
allowed to move forward to be
governors like us.
"We have everything it takes to run
an excellent and victorious
campaign. Our great party has
demonstrated to Nigerians that it is
the party with the broadest appeal.
We are the strongest and the
biggest. We have engaged the
people of Nigeria positively with
people-friendly policies, which have
moved Nigeria forward."
He continued: "We have sustained
the democratic tradition. We have
strengthened democratic
institutions. We inherited a rather
complex security challenge but we
are waging a determined war
against it. We are succeeding in
preventing terrorists and insurgents
from turning more of our
communities into enclaves for their
dastardly activities.
"We remain fully committed to
further empowering the security
agencies to enable them win the war
against terror. We have proven to
the people that we are a party and a
team that they can rely upon.
We have achieved much in four
years.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

APC Insists It’ll Form Parallel Govt If Election Is Rigged

The All Progressives Congress, APC
has pledged to congratulate
President Goodluck Jonathan if he
wins next month's presidential
election fair and clean but also
vowed to form parallel government if
the election is rigged.
The party in a congratulatory
message to Nigerians on the
occasion of the Yuletude and Eid-el-
Maulud celebrations said it was
clearly aware of the bleak
celebrations occasioned by
government corruption that has
brought misery to the large majority
of the working class.
Telling Nigerians not to despair that
hope was near, the party in the
statement personally signed by its
national chairman, John Odigie-
Oyegun said: "We are aware that it
has been a bleak celebrations for all
of us because of the poor
performance of the economy, litany
of failed promises and general decay
in governance in our dear country,
including unpaid salaries which is as
a result of the drop in the state and
local government revenue.
The drop in the state and local
government revenue is as a result of
corruption in government, The
Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation, NNPC and oil theft,
supervised by government.
"We ask all Nigerians to exercise
fortitude, because the change we
seek is almost here. We wish to also
remind you that the change, we
expect will be a consequence of
your action. That action will be to
vote massively for the All
Progressives Congress, APC in the
next election to herald the new
dawn and bid farewell to the failed
leadership of the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP.
We ask you to collectively insist
on free, fair and transparent
election, because that is the
only way to allow the wishes of
the people to manifest.
"As a party, we assure you that
we will congratulate president
Goodluck Jonathan and his
party, PDP If our presidential
candidate and party are
defeated in free and fair
elections, and we will not go to
court.
However, as a party, we wish to
reiterate, that we will not
hesitate forming a parallel
government, if the 2015
election are rigged either by
the use of security agencies
(police or military) to harass,
intimidate and cajole voters or
through the use of a
compromise Independent
National Electoral Commission,
(INEC)."

Monday, January 5, 2015

Obasanjo accuses President Jonathan of Oil theft

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has again launched a public attack on President Goodluck Jonathan, accusing him of squandering $25billion crude oil savings left behind by his administration.
Mr. Obasanjo made the allegation while hosting the South-West women leaders at his residence in Abeokuta Monday.
He said his administration left over $25 billion to his successor, Musa Yar'adua, who raised the sum to $35 billion.
Mr. Obasanjo said he also left $40billion in Nigeria's foreign reserve account after paying the outstanding debt at the time.
He said former President Yar'adua also raised the reserves to $60billion.
Under President Jonathan, the reserves has plummeted to $40billion, Mr. Obasanjo said.
The new claims followed a series of public denunciation of Mr. Jonathan's government by the former president.
In 2014, Mr. Obasanjo repeatedly lambasted the current government, accusing the president of promoting and and tolerating corruption, and failing to provide security for Nigerians.
Mr. Obasanjo also released a book mid-December scolding the president as a self-centred politician who thinks less of the country and fraternises with corrupt and questionable characters.
In his comments on Monday, Mr. Obasanjo said he was not fighting the president, nor was Mr. Jonathan fighting him. He said he was more concerned about the interest of the country, and therefore cared less about criticisms.
"Our economy should not have been this bad. When I was leaving office about eight years ago, I left a very huge reserve after we had paid all our debts. Almost $25billion we kept in what they called excess crude. The excess from the budget we were saving as reserve for the rainy days. When we left in May 2007, the reserve was said to have been raised to $35billion," he said.
"But today, that reserve has been depleted! Today, that reserve has been depleted. The reserve we left when we finished paying all our debts, our debts that was about 40billion dollars, that is including debt forgiveness, the remaining debt was not more than $3billion. Our reserve after we had paid off this debt was about $45billion. As I said, they continued till the end of 2007, I heard that the reserve increased to almost $67billion before the end of the year. Our reserve now, learnt is left with around only $30billion.
"That is why the Naira has been falling against the dollar. What would now happen, I learnt if you want to buy a dollar now, it's about N192 or N195. What it means is this, what you have been buying at N150 to a dollar, now you need N192 or N195 to buy it. That is the real situation. Is there any remedy? There is, but it does not come overnight because it means we have to give up all the bad things we have been doing," Mr. Obasanjo said.
"I know that God did not create Nigeria not to be rich or great. Is it that the people he created in Nigeria are not knowledgeable enough or not intelligent enough? Or is that they don't know their rights? Our problems in Nigeria, let's look at the foundation of our leadership. In the profession I know very well, the military, what we normally say is that there are no bad soldiers but bad officers. If you see a situation where the soldiers are not doing well, we need to examine the officers in charge. So it is in the family, the community, the town and the country," he said.
He denied being against President Jonathan.
"I have no grudges against Jonathan and I think Jonathan equally has no grudges against me. I'm not quarrelling with Jonathan but all I know is that whatever is good for Nigeria, that I'm ready to die for," he said.
"I emphasize that whatever is good for Nigeria, is what I'm ready to defend with my life. Whoever, I emphasize, whoever says he would not do anything good to Nigeria, even if he says he's ready to go 'konko below', I'm ready to square it up with such a person. I say again, whoever that person may be, I want you to get that correctly. If this country is going to change for the better, it would start from the top and if it's going to be otherwise, it would start from the top, too," the former president stressed.
On the forthcoming election, Mr. Obasanjo said he's not apprehensive as being speculated, just as he advised the electorates to vote for candidates with integrity and good records.
"I have no apprehension over this coming elections. I have no fears over the forthcoming elections. I have had some little experience about this country. I was a military head of state and I was also a civilian president, so what is left?'
"So, if I talk, I know what I'm saying. Whoever wants, should listen to me and whoever feels otherwise, may turn a deaf ear. But when I'm talking, I'm talking with my understanding and intellect. I'm drawing from my experience and from what I've learnt with others and from other countries and fellow eminent citizens of the world that I relate with. But leave all of that.
"Good governance comes from voting, from selection of leaders. It is now left to you to decide who you cast your vote for because if you throw away your votes and tomorrow you are saying good governance, once you throw away your votes you have lost out. That is one. Find out the track records of achievements of those you want to vote for. What have they achieved in the past and not what they have said'.
"Truly, the price of crude has fallen, but anyone who is wise enough should know that since we depend on just one resources, and since we have no control over its pricing, we should be planning for this type of situation and the way out of it. Our inability to have reserve has brought us into this economic quagmire," he said.
Earlier in her speech, the Iyalode of Yorubaland, who led the women, noted that President Obasanjo has become a good repository of everything that makes for nationhood.
"You are the hand and eye in all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria. You are the voice everybody is waiting to hear his response on any topical issue in the public domain. We believe we are in the right place to discuss with you some knotty issues bleeding our hearts as we have seen you as a beacon of hope and lights for the nation", Ms. Lawson told Obasanjo.
On state of the nation, the women said they were concerned about current happenings in the country, going by the current atmosphere of fear and uncertainty.
She said the nation is plagued by insecurity, economic downturn, poverty, corruption, among other challenges.
"The unabated nefarious activities of the insurgents which have placed us as a people on the throes of war is worrisome to us, because womenfolk is the most affected. Countless Nigerian women have lost their lives, husbands, children, relatives and sources of livelihood as a result of the despicable acts of killing and wanton destruction by the Boko Haram insurgents," she said.

Issues arising on Buhari's certificate

CONTROVERSY continued to rage, at
the weekend, over the original
certificates of the presidential
candidate of the All Progressives
Congress (APC), General
Muhammadu Buhari .
While the General had sworn to an
affidavit at an Abuja High Court to
indicate that his certificates are with
the military authorities, the military
said it does not have the original
certificates.
"The original certificate of any
officer or soldier is only needed at
the point of entry into the service,
either as a cadet officer entering the
Nigerian Defence Academy, or when
being interviewed as recruits to be
sent to the depot for training.
"That is so because they are needed
to verify what were in the
photocopies supplied by them or
from the necessary examining
bodies," the military had said at the
weekend.
The Director, Army Public Relations,
Brigadier-General Olajide Laleye,
also said at the weekend that the
army did not keep original copies of
certificates of its officers, whether
serving or retired.
"Every serving and retired army
officer has, at least, a copy of his
certificates and credentials kept in
the Nigerian Army, while that same
serving and retired officer has copies
of those same certificates and
credentials.
"And there is a laid-down procedure
to request for certificates. It is
known to any serving and retired
officer.
"If you want anything checked in
your file, you simply follow the due
process and it would be given to
you, because the credentials belong
to you," he said.
Laleye added that, "the Nigerian
Army does not refuse to give
anybody his credentials if the due
process is followed. Now, take note
of this. Not only does the Nigerian
Army keep these things, the
individual officers, whether serving
or retired, have copies."
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),
on Sunday, however, said the
General already had too much
baggage to carry, adding that the
opposition could go ahead to field a
man who would surely be defeated
by PDP.
PDP's spokesman, Chief Olisa Metuh,
in an interview with the Nigerian
Tribune, said the party was not
bothered if the opposition party
wanted to go ahead to field a man
like Buhari, who had too many
liabilities.
Also on Sunday, Minister of State for
Works, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, insisted
that General Buhari must prove his
innocence in the certificate saga, by
producing his original certificates.
He stated that Buhari's failure to
produce his certificates would
amount to a clear confirmation that
he had something to hide.
The minister said Buhari must
provide evidence that he was
qualified to contest the election, as
prescribed by the 1999 Constitution.
According to him, the affidavit sworn
to by Buhari was meaningless,
because the military could not keep
the original certificates of an officer.
He also cautioned human rights
lawyer, Tunji Abayomi, who had
risen in defence of Buhari, against
blind support to a candidate because
of personal interests.
Abayomi had, in a statement quoted
by SaharaReporters, said the
constitution did not prescribe the
presentation or show of any
certificate to qualify for election to
the office of president.
According to him, "under section
131(d) of our military constitution, a
person shall be qualified for election
to the office of President if 'he has
been educated up to at least school
certificate level or its equivalent.'
"While a certificate may
unequivocably show that a
contestant has been educated up to
at least school certificate level, his
education without a certificate may
show, again unequivocably that he
has been educated up to the
equivalent of school certificate level.
"The APC screening committee was
made up of several eminent highly
educated and enlightened men and
one woman. They came to the
conclusion after putting APC
presidential aspirants through a
most rigorous test that all the APC
aspirants met the constitutional
qualifications, including education,
to contest for election to the office
of President.
"They confirmed this by awarding
them a certificate. The qualification
set by the constitution for contest is
the level of education not its
certificate.
"With reference to General Buhari
having regard to his unimpeachable
military training, an irrefutable
presumption was properly made by
the APC screening committee that
he met the education qualification
set by the constitution.
"Those who contest this or who
intend to contest that he met the
education qualification of Section
131(d) have the burden to disprove
the irrefutable presumption, not
General Buhari."
But Adeyeye said while Section 131
of the 1999 Constitution provides
that a candidate must be educated
up to at least secondary school to be
able to vie for the presidential
election, Section 137(j) also
indicates that a candidate can be
disqualified from seeking the
election if he submits a forged
certificate to INEC, adding that those
who drafted the constitution knew
that "you have to submit an
evidence of qualification, that is why
Section 137 talks about forged
certificate."
He added that "people like Abayomi
should not say that because they
have an interest, they would defend
a candidate without certificates.
They should not lay a dangerous
precedent whereby some persons
with questionable certificates would
start contesting elections and claim
that they don't need to show us
their certificates.
"It is very compulsory that he
presents his certificates, otherwise,
how are we going to prove that he
was educated to the school
certificate level or its equivalent.
The constitution is very clear in
Section 131, he must be educated
up to school certificates. If he
doesn't show any proof, how are we
going to know he is qualified?"
The minister added that if Buhari did
not have certificate to show, he
should voluntarily withdraw from the
presidential race.
"He is a former head of state and I
am sure that when he served as
head of state, the first thing he
would ask anyone he wanted to
recruit is the certificate.
"Is he telling us that if he becomes
president, people will not need
certificates to be appointed to
offices? As a leader, he must lead by
example," he added.
Adeyeye stated that the burden of
proof of certificate or qualification
could not be on INEC, adding that
Buhari could, as well, have obtained
a Certified True Copy (CTC) of his
certificates if he has any to show.
The controversy over Buhari's
certificates erupted following his
decision to submit an affidavit sworn
to in an Abuja High Court, indicating
that his certificates are with the
military.
Buhari had stated in the affidavit
that: "I am the above-named person
and deponent to this affidavit
therein. All my academic
qualifications, documents as filled in
my presidential form, President
APC/001/2015, are currently with the
Secretary, Military Board, as of the
time of presenting this affidavit. The
affidavit is made in good faith and
for record purpose."
A competent source at INEC said the
affidavit deposed to at the Federal
Capital Territory, FCT, High Court,
Abuja and dated November 24,
2014, was stamped and received at
INEC headquarters on December 18,
2014.

issues arising on Buhari's certificate

CONTROVERSY continued to rage, at
the weekend, over the original
certificates of the presidential
candidate of the All Progressives
Congress (APC), General
Muhammadu Buhari .
While the General had sworn to an
affidavit at an Abuja High Court to
indicate that his certificates are with
the military authorities, the military
said it does not have the original
certificates.
"The original certificate of any
officer or soldier is only needed at
the point of entry into the service,
either as a cadet officer entering the
Nigerian Defence Academy, or when
being interviewed as recruits to be
sent to the depot for training.
"That is so because they are needed
to verify what were in the
photocopies supplied by them or
from the necessary examining
bodies," the military had said at the
weekend.
The Director, Army Public Relations,
Brigadier-General Olajide Laleye,
also said at the weekend that the
army did not keep original copies of
certificates of its officers, whether
serving or retired.
"Every serving and retired army
officer has, at least, a copy of his
certificates and credentials kept in
the Nigerian Army, while that same
serving and retired officer has copies
of those same certificates and
credentials.
"And there is a laid-down procedure
to request for certificates. It is
known to any serving and retired
officer.
"If you want anything checked in
your file, you simply follow the due
process and it would be given to
you, because the credentials belong
to you," he said.
Laleye added that, "the Nigerian
Army does not refuse to give
anybody his credentials if the due
process is followed. Now, take note
of this. Not only does the Nigerian
Army keep these things, the
individual officers, whether serving
or retired, have copies."
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),
on Sunday, however, said the
General already had too much
baggage to carry, adding that the
opposition could go ahead to field a
man who would surely be defeated
by PDP.
PDP's spokesman, Chief Olisa Metuh,
in an interview with the Nigerian
Tribune, said the party was not
bothered if the opposition party
wanted to go ahead to field a man
like Buhari, who had too many
liabilities.
Also on Sunday, Minister of State for
Works, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, insisted
that General Buhari must prove his
innocence in the certificate saga, by
producing his original certificates.
He stated that Buhari's failure to
produce his certificates would
amount to a clear confirmation that
he had something to hide.
The minister said Buhari must
provide evidence that he was
qualified to contest the election, as
prescribed by the 1999 Constitution.
According to him, the affidavit sworn
to by Buhari was meaningless,
because the military could not keep
the original certificates of an officer.
He also cautioned human rights
lawyer, Tunji Abayomi, who had
risen in defence of Buhari, against
blind support to a candidate because
of personal interests.
Abayomi had, in a statement quoted
by SaharaReporters, said the
constitution did not prescribe the
presentation or show of any
certificate to qualify for election to
the office of president.
According to him, "under section
131(d) of our military constitution, a
person shall be qualified for election
to the office of President if 'he has
been educated up to at least school
certificate level or its equivalent.'
"While a certificate may
unequivocably show that a
contestant has been educated up to
at least school certificate level, his
education without a certificate may
show, again unequivocably that he
has been educated up to the
equivalent of school certificate level.
"The APC screening committee was
made up of several eminent highly
educated and enlightened men and
one woman. They came to the
conclusion after putting APC
presidential aspirants through a
most rigorous test that all the APC
aspirants met the constitutional
qualifications, including education,
to contest for election to the office
of President.
"They confirmed this by awarding
them a certificate. The qualification
set by the constitution for contest is
the level of education not its
certificate.
"With reference to General Buhari
having regard to his unimpeachable
military training, an irrefutable
presumption was properly made by
the APC screening committee that
he met the education qualification
set by the constitution.
"Those who contest this or who
intend to contest that he met the
education qualification of Section
131(d) have the burden to disprove
the irrefutable presumption, not
General Buhari."
But Adeyeye said while Section 131
of the 1999 Constitution provides
that a candidate must be educated
up to at least secondary school to be
able to vie for the presidential
election, Section 137(j) also
indicates that a candidate can be
disqualified from seeking the
election if he submits a forged
certificate to INEC, adding that those
who drafted the constitution knew
that "you have to submit an
evidence of qualification, that is why
Section 137 talks about forged
certificate."
He added that "people like Abayomi
should not say that because they
have an interest, they would defend
a candidate without certificates.
They should not lay a dangerous
precedent whereby some persons
with questionable certificates would
start contesting elections and claim
that they don't need to show us
their certificates.
"It is very compulsory that he
presents his certificates, otherwise,
how are we going to prove that he
was educated to the school
certificate level or its equivalent.
The constitution is very clear in
Section 131, he must be educated
up to school certificates. If he
doesn't show any proof, how are we
going to know he is qualified?"
The minister added that if Buhari did
not have certificate to show, he
should voluntarily withdraw from the
presidential race.
"He is a former head of state and I
am sure that when he served as
head of state, the first thing he
would ask anyone he wanted to
recruit is the certificate.
"Is he telling us that if he becomes
president, people will not need
certificates to be appointed to
offices? As a leader, he must lead by
example," he added.
Adeyeye stated that the burden of
proof of certificate or qualification
could not be on INEC, adding that
Buhari could, as well, have obtained
a Certified True Copy (CTC) of his
certificates if he has any to show.
The controversy over Buhari's
certificates erupted following his
decision to submit an affidavit sworn
to in an Abuja High Court, indicating
that his certificates are with the
military.
Buhari had stated in the affidavit
that: "I am the above-named person
and deponent to this affidavit
therein. All my academic
qualifications, documents as filled in
my presidential form, President
APC/001/2015, are currently with the
Secretary, Military Board, as of the
time of presenting this affidavit. The
affidavit is made in good faith and
for record purpose."
A competent source at INEC said the
affidavit deposed to at the Federal
Capital Territory, FCT, High Court,
Abuja and dated November 24,
2014, was stamped and received at
INEC headquarters on December 18,
2014.