Wednesday

“How my husband defiled our 9-yr-old daughter, impregnated another

A 55-year-old man, identified as Osaro, has been arrested by men of the Edo State Police Command for allegedly defiling his nine-year-old daughter. Osaro, according to his wife, Stella, had earlier impregnated their 17-year-old daughter, just as she told newsmen at the Ogida Police Division, Benin, that she recently returned to her husband’s house after he said he had repented. She said: “My



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Corruption: Ex-ICPC boss, others tackle Jonathan

Former President of the Court of Appeal and pioneer Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related offences Commission, ICPC, Justice Mustapha Akanbi (retd) yesterday in Ilorin gave the President Goodluck Jonathan administration a hard knock over the manner it has handled the issue of corruption, saying the escalation of graft in all spheres of the nation’s economy isvia



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DAVID-WEST WARNS ASARI-DOKUBO AGAINST INCITING COMMENTS

A former Minister of Petroleum, Prof. Tam David-West, has warned Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo against inflammatory statements on the presidential election.Asari-Dokubo said at the weekend that Jonathan had already won the election. He said he did not owe anyone an apology for the comment.The ex-minister told The Nation yesterday that Asari-Dokubo’s statement suggested that they knew Jonathanvia



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“How my husband defiled our 9-yr-old daughter, impregnated another

A 55-year-old man, identified as Osaro, has been arrested by men of the Edo State Police Command for allegedly defiling his nine-year-old daughter.
Osaro, according to his wife, Stella, had earlier impregnated their 17-year-old daughter, just as she told newsmen at the Ogida Police Division, Benin, that she recently returned to her husband’s house after he said he had repented.
She said: “My husband wanted to sleep with my second daughter. He later succeeded in sleeping with my other daughter. After impregnating the girl, he begged me several times to forgive him.
“He started the church I attended and confessed what he had done. The church members begged me and I accepted him. He has already paid my bride price so I went back.
“After we had settled, my husband started with our daughter again. The little girl told me what she was going through in the hands of her father. I asked my husband, but he denied. He said he had stopped the act since he repented.

Corruption: Ex-ICPC boss, others tackle Jonathan

Former President of the Court of Appeal and pioneer Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related offences Commission, ICPC, Justice Mustapha Akanbi (retd) yesterday in Ilorin gave the President Goodluck Jonathan administration a hard knock over the manner it has handled the issue of corruption, saying the escalation of graft in all spheres of the nation’s economy is



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DAVID-WEST WARNS ASARI-DOKUBO AGAINST INCITING COMMENTS

A former Minister of Petroleum, Prof. Tam David-West, has warned Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo against inflammatory statements on the presidential election.Asari-Dokubo said at the weekend that Jonathan had already won the election. He said he did not owe anyone an apology for the comment.The ex-minister told The Nation yesterday that Asari-Dokubo’s statement suggested that they knew Jonathan



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Corruption: Ex-ICPC boss, others tackle Jonathan

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Former President of the Court of Appeal and pioneer Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related offences Commission, ICPC, Justice Mustapha Akanbi (retd) yesterday in Ilorin gave the President Goodluck Jonathan administration a hard knock over the manner it has handled the issue of corruption, saying the escalation of graft in all spheres of the nation’s economy is disturbing.
Similarly, a legal luminary based in Ilorin, Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Ali (SAN), criticised the present administration for its stance on corruption, saying: “The President believes that there is no corruption in Nigeria but petty stealing.”
They spoke on a day Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State accused President Jonathan of not releasing the audit report of the missing $20 billion crude oil fund because the report allegedly indicted some of his loyalists.
In his address at a public lecture on corruption, with the theme: “The bane of our society” organised by Amicus International Club of Ilorin, Justice Akanbi said people now accept bribes with impunity because nothing is being done about corruption.
Corruption is escalating.

DAVID-WEST WARNS ASARI-DOKUBO AGAINST INCITING COMMENTS


A former Minister of Petroleum, Prof. Tam David-West, has warned Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo against inflammatory statements on the presidential election.
Asari-Dokubo said at the weekend that Jonathan had already won the election. He said he did not owe anyone an apology for the comment.
The ex-minister told The Nation yesterday that Asari-Dokubo’s statement suggested that they knew Jonathan would rig the election.
He warned that any attempt to rig the poll would plunge Nigeria into trouble because the world was expecting a free and fair election.
David-West said Nigerians knew the difficulties the country was going through, adding that they wanted a change.

APC SPOKESPERSON, IGBOKWE BOMBS NDIGBO FOR SAYING THEY ARE MARGINALISED IN LAGOS POLITICS

Lagos State All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, dismissed statement credited to Ndigbo Cultural Society of Nigeria, NCSN, led by Chief Udo Udeogaranya, that Ndigbo in Lagos were being marginalised in the politics of Lagos State, saying Chief Udeogaranya, was being economical with the truth.
In a statement by its publicity secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe in Nnewi, Anambra State, the party advised Ndigbo in Lagos to be cautious, tactful and honest in dealing with their host communities anywhere in Nigeria in the interest of peace and harmony.

Tuesday

2015: LP denies endorsing President Jonathan

Mr Abdulkadri Abdulsalam, the National Chairman, Labour Party, on Tuesday said that the party had not endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as its presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections.
Abdulsalam, who gave the clarification in an interview in Abuja, said the rumour had gone viral on social media.
He said the rumours had no base or truth.
“The party has not endorsed anybody; if we want to endorse anyone as a presidential candidate, we must hold a convention where we will collectively and democratically agree.
“No credible candidate has spoken with us for endorsement; the information going round that we have endorsed Jonathan must be considered as rumour.

Nigerians will appreciate me when I leave Office – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Nigerians will appreciate the good works he has done for the country after he has left office.
Speaking, Tuesday, when he received a delegation from Bayelsa State who paid him a visit as part of the Christmas celebration, President Jonathan said he will continue to do his best in order to meet the expectations of not only Nigerians but especially the people of Bayelsa State.
According to President Jonathan, the seat of the president of the country belongs to Nigerians and only them can decide who occupies the seat at any point in time.
“The new year is full of challenges. Everywhere will be hot from the 2nd of January. I am here by the grace of God and the will of Nigerians. If I don’t do well the shame will be on you. I will do my best. I don’t expect praises now. It’s when you leave that people will begin to compare you with others. I will do my best to address all the challenges we are having. I will do my best so that when I leave the people will compare what I have done and what others before me have done. The seat belongs to the country and it is only the country that can decide who occupies it” he said.
President Jonathan enjoin the people of Bayelsa state to pray for the country adding that he will continue to do his best for the country.

Obiano Lends Helping Hand to Accident Victims

 The compassionate Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano once again showed his humane side today when he stopped his convoy to commiserate with some victims of an auto crash along the Awka Etiti - Iseke, Express way. 
The accident ‎which involved a Mercedes Benz 230 salon and a Toyota Corolla with the sign of a learner was somewhat miraculous as no one was hurt in spite of the terrible shape of the vehicles after the collision. 
In a move reminiscent of his recent rescue of an accident victim in Onitsha, Governor Obiano ordered his convoy to pull over and quickly moved to the crash scene to lend a hand. 
On discovering that no one was hurt, the Governor heaved a sigh of relief ‎and ordered his men to take them to a nearby hospital for basic checks after saying some soothing words to them. 
Here are the pictures...

Obiano Lends Helping Hand to Accident Victims

 The compassionate Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano once again showed his humane side today when he stopped his convoy to commiserate with some victims of an auto crash along the Awka Etiti - Iseke, Express way. 
The accident ‎which involved a Mercedes Benz 230 salon and a Toyota Corolla with the sign of a learner was somewhat miraculous as no one was hurt in spite of the terrible shape of the vehicles after the collision. 
In a move reminiscent of his recent rescue of an accident victim in Onitsha, Governor Obiano ordered his convoy to pull over and quickly moved to the crash scene to lend a hand. 
On discovering that no one was hurt, the Governor heaved a sigh of relief ‎and ordered his men to take them to a nearby hospital for basic checks after saying some soothing words to them. 
Here are the pictures...

Anambra Attracts $1.65B Investment, as Oduah heads Anambra Airport Project


In keeping with his avowed commitment to achieve increased investment in flow into the State, Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has said that the State has so far attracted about one billion, sixty-five million US Dollars investment from investors since March 17th, 2014 when the new administration was inaugurated.
These investments he said, were attracted to key areas‎ covering agriculture, hospitality and tourism industry, power generation, trade and commerce, among others.
Obiano who addressed journalists on the various programmes and achievements as well as challenges facing his government, also disclosed that he had appointed former Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah as head of Anambra State Airport Development Agency based on her wealth of experience and track record of turning around the country’s aviation industry.

Mrs. Obiano Takes Message of Love to the Prison Inmates

In keeping with the Christmas season of love and affection especially for the indigent and less privileged members of the society, the wife of the governor of Anambra State, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano embarked on a round of visitation to Prison facilities in Anambra to celebrate the Christmas with inmates and encourage them to change and be reformed. The Prisons visited by the governor’s wife include Onitsha, Aguata and Amawbia as well as Daughter of Charity Orphanage Home at Fegge, Onitsha.

Speaking at each stop during the visitation, Mrs. Obiano told the inmates that as a mother she came with message of love because Christmas is a celebration meant to be shared with loved ones especially those of them who are currently restricted by their circumstances. According to Mrs. Obiano, “I came to celebrate with you because as the wife of the governor I am privileged to be the mother of all in the state, I see you as an important set of the one big family. The fact that you are in here does not mean that you cannot come out reformed and better than others and able to contribute to the service and progress of our state.”

‘Buhari’s academic records intact’

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Head, Media and Publicity of the Buhari Support Organization, BSO, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe last night debunked the insinuations in most quarters of the society that the academic records of his principal and presidential candidate of All Progressive Congress, General Mohammdu Buhari was in doubt.
Speaking with Vanguard, Maduekwue said it was a well orchestrated strategy by Buhari’s detractors to sway the minds of the public against him, assuring that they would not succeed.
According to him, the opponents, he said were afraid of Buhari’s candidacy hence the smeared campaign against him.

Recalling Obiano’s Colourful Ascension to the APGA Throne


Wednesday December 17 2014 was a special day in the life of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA).

The occasion was the special national convention of the APGA held at the Women Development Centre Awka, Anambra State.

Delegates numbering hundreds had converged at the convention venue for the event slated to start at 10am.

They came from all over Nigeria, North, South, West and East, comprising the country's six geo-political zones, without exception.

As early as 9.45am, the massive hall was filled to the brim, and over-flowed to the expansive lawn of the centre.

The party's captivating montage mixed with tunes in Nigeria's major dialects blared to high pitch, to the gyration of the mammoth gathering of party faithfuls, waiting patiently for the commencement of the "fiesta".

Anxiety rose when at about 2pm the host, Governor Willie Maduabuchi Obiano, APGA National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh and other party stalwarts had not turned up.

BLAME BUHARI FOR LAGOS TRAFFIC – MINISTER

The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, says the people of Lagos State should blame the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for the heavy traffic motorists face every day.She said when Buhari was the Head of State between December 1983 and August 1985, he terminated the Lagos Metroline project initiated by



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INEC RELEASES LIST OF THE CONTENDERS FOR ANAMBRA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WITHOUT PDP CANDIDATES

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates have started again to manipulate the system in Anambra state as the list for its senatorial candidates is missing at the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Awka.
INEC released the list of Anambra State candidates for the February 2015 National Assembly polls, with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates.
Political parties whose National Assembly candidates were pasted at the entrance gate of the state headquarters of INEC, Awka, include the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), All Progressives Congress (APC), National Congress Party (NCP), and United Progressives Party (UPP).
Others are Citizens Popular Party (CPP), Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), Peoples Democratic Congress (PDC), and Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), among others.

2015: BUHARI FAILS TO SUBMIT ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS TO INEC

Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari, did not present his academic qualifications to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, even as he prepares for the 2015 presidential contest.
Unlike his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, counterpart, President Goodluck Jonathan, whose academic certificates were conspicously displayed by the commission upon presentation, Buhari’s credentials were visibly without trace at the commission’s office at Area 10, Abuja.
The former Head of State, explained in an affidavit he deposed, which he submitted to the commission that all his academic credentials were with the Secretary, Military Board.

BLAME BUHARI FOR LAGOS TRAFFIC – MINISTER


The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, says the people of Lagos State should blame the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for the heavy traffic motorists face every day.
She said when Buhari was the Head of State between December 1983 and August 1985, he terminated the Lagos Metroline project initiated by the Alhaji Lateef Jakande administration to ease traffic in the metropolis.
Akinjide said this in a statement on Monday.
She said by so doing, Buhari truncated the opportunity of a free-flow of traffic within the metropolis and by extension, the economic growth of the South-West.
She said the countries that were nowhere near the growth attained by the South-West when the APC presidential candidate stopped Metroline project had since advanced to become world economic powers.

Sunday

Tompolo picks running mate for gov candidate

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Nigeria’s ex-warlord, Mr. Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, is emerging the undisputed strongman of Delta State politics.
He has further demonstrated his political influence, having virtually nominated the running mate to Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Delta state, various news reports said.
Tompolo’s nominee is Kingsley Otuaro, a lawyer and commissioner at the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) and a member of the ethnic Ijaw like Tompolo.
Although Otuaro’s name has been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) just on time to beat the Boxing Day deadline, his emergence dislocated political calculations in the state, with Isoko ethnic minority disturbed that Tompolo stole a ticket that ought to be theirs, automatically.

Fela should be taught in our school – Tekno

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Augustine Kelechi, popularly known as Tekno, is a fast   rising artiste who has made a name for himself as an afro hip hop artiste. In this interview, he talks about his music, his aspirations and desire to be on top of his game among other things.
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How did you start music?
Music is my life .I started playing musical instrument since I was a child. My dad made me attend piano classes. I can play any kind of musical instrument: Piano, base ,trumpet, name them…
What were you doing before you got signed to Made Men Records?
I got signed to different record labels . For instance, I was signed to Body Shaker records and later, to   Kmoney Records.

2015: Why Did Northern PDP Leaders Reject Appointment to Serve in Jonathan’s Campaign Organ?

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All is not well with the reelection campaign plan of President Goodluck Jonathan in the north.
A good number of prominent northern politicians and public officers are turning down offers to play leading roles in his campaign ahead of the February 2015 election.
The development, The Nation learnt, is stalling the composition of the president’s campaign teams in that part of the country.
His campaign in the north has also not been able to match that of General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the north in terms of poster and bill boards’ display.
A party source admitted that Jonathan’s re-election bid is on the low in the north because of lack of action and information of the candidate.
The source, a chieftain of the party in Lagos State, said that many politicians from the north are cautious of being identified with Jonathan.
He said: “There are a lot of issues surrounding his candidacy as it affects northern interests and desire. This is keeping his associates and friends here in check,” a Kaduna-born former minister told The Nation.

Aki goes on vacation

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After a long year, actor Chinedu Ikedieze, popularly known as Aki has proceeded on a one month vacation starting from December 20.
akiThis was revealed in a statement by his publicist, Media Image Maker. “Mr. Chinedu Ikedieze a.k.a Aki has shut down for the year till late January 2015. It was a rather long and successful year for the star and so, he has to take a break and go on vacation with his family.”
The statement, however, did not disclose the country where Aki is going to spend his vacation. But speculation is rife that he’s probably heading to the United States or the Bahamas.
Aki’s last official outing this year before he proceeded on vacation was the wedding event of president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Ibinabo Fiberisima, on Saturday, December 20 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He jetted out immediately after the wedding. “There is no way he would have missed the wedding of Ibinabo who he had enjoyed a robust relationship with over the years, so he built it into his rather tight schedule.”

Probe me if you like – FAYEMI TO FAYOSE

Fayemi and Fayose
THE immediate past governor of Ekiti State,Dr.Kayode Fayemi, yesterday hit back at his successor, Governor Ayo Fayose ,warning him against using falsehood as a tool of governance.
Fayemi who was responding for the first time to allegations levelled at him by Fayose said that the deployment of deceit as an official policy of administration would not help the government in any way.
He challenged the governor to probe him if he was sure that he (Fayemi) plundered the state of its resources . “If they have anything against me let them institute a probe, I am ready for it,” he said.
He cited the allegation that he left an N85billion debt behind as one of such lies. Fayemi said that all total debt at the time of his exit was N35billion. He spoke on Akure, Ondo State-based radio station, ADABA 88.9 FM, Friday evening.

How P-Square, Wizkid, others thrilled audience at Rhythm Unplugged

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The much talked about Rhythm Unplugged sponsored by Pepsi which enjoyed massive media presence for weeks, held last weekend amid pomp. It lived up to its rating as the biggest entertainment event to hold in Nigeria this year.
This edition was special as it marked the 10 year anniversary of the event. With Basketmouth and IK Osakioduwa delivering the humour, DJ Humility on the turn tables; opening acts by 2K, El-Prince, and Ruby Gyang, this year’s Rhythm Unplugged was nothing short of “a gathering of best of the bests” in the Nigerian music scene.
Attracting the best entertainers the country can boast of, the event which took place at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, was anchored by the duo of Basket Mouth and IK of the Big Brother fame. They ensured there was no dull moment while the all- night-show lasted.

Why I dumped mothers of my two daughters – Oritsefemi

Double Wahala crooner,   Oritsefemi, revealed to Vanguard during the year that he had a rough beginning. But his rough beginning did not stop him from impregnating two childhood lovers who had a daughter each for him.
Until his interview with Vanguard no one really knew it wasn’t his present fiancee that had the daughters for him. Oritse explained extensively how the daughters came about and why he left their mothers at the time,
“My two daughters are from different mothers and I am not marrying any of them. It’s a long story. Back in the days, as a street boy, growing up in the ghetto city of Ajegunle, I had some childhood girlfriends who got pregnant.

TRAGEDY: Fire Roast 4 children of same parents to death on christmass day in Anambra

It was a sad Christmas day celebration for the Ofomata family residing at Umuele Umudim, Nnewi, Anambra State as a fire outbreak at their three-bedroom apartment roasted four of their children- Chioma Ofomata, 6, Goodness& Mercy Ofo­mata who were twins, 3, and Ifeoma, 2, to death.
According to reports, the mother of the 4 girls had locked her children in the house and had gone over to the community center to collect her share of Christmas rice meant for widows in the community when the fire started.
Residents in the area were not quick to notice the fire or hear the cry for help from the children until they started seeing thick smoke coming from their apartment.

Nato marks transition to new Afghanistan mission

Nato has formally ended its 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan - heralding the start of a new phase of support for local Afghan troops.
Commanders lowered the flag during a ceremony in Kabul - raising the flag of the new mission named Resolute Support.
"We have lifted the Afghan people out of the darkness of despair and given them hope for the future," mission commander Gen John Campbell said.
Nato's Afghan deployment began after the 9/11 attacks against the US.
From 1 January the alliance's role will shift to a mainly training and support mission for the Afghan army.

Airstrikes hit Misrata militants for first time In Libya

Smoke rises from an oil tank fire in Es Sider port December 26, 2014
Libya's air force has struck the western city of Misrata for the first time in the latest clash between government and militant forces.
A Misrata source confirmed the strikes to the Ashiwaju.org, adding that there were no casualties or material damage.
The airstrikes come after a 72-hour ultimatum issued by the air force to militants based in Misrata.
Militants had been attacking the oil ports of Sidra and Ras Lanuf in East Libya.
Militants were "still in high spirits, and [the] bombings will not affect our resolve," the Misrata official told the Ashiwaju.org,

131 Persons Rescued In Italy Wind Infested Ship Inferno

A life raft believed to be from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea.
Ships and helicopters are taking part in a major rescue operation after an Italian ferry carrying 478 people caught fire around 40 nautical miles north-west of Corfu.
The Norman Atlantic was travelling from Patras in Greece to Ancona in Italy.
Choppy seas and strong winds are hampering the rescue. Early reports that it was tilting have been denied.
One person has died and another injured, Greek and Italian officials say. 131 people have been rescued.

How AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 to Singapore Got Missing

The missing AirAsia Airbus,  December 2014
An AirAsia Indonesia airliner flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board has gone missing.
Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control at 06:24 local time (23:24 GMT Saturday) over the Java Sea.
The plane, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared midway into the flight of more than two hours from the city of Surabaya. No distress call was made.
Bad weather was reported in the area, and an air search operation has now been suspended for the night.
Planes from Indonesia and Singapore had been scouring an area of sea between Kalimantan (Borneo) and Java. Some boats were reported to be continuing to search as night fell.
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Saturday

Igbos will vote for Jonathan, says Ohaneze chieftain

The Chairman, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Anambra Chapter, Dr Chris Eluemunoh, today said the group would vote for President GoodLuck Jonathan in February presidential election.
Eluemunoh said this in an interview with Ashiwaju,org at Nkwella-Ezunaka, Oyi Local Government Area, Anambra.
He said Igbo people would vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the exercise because the All Progressive Congress (APC) had no agenda for the South East.
He called on the people of the state to obtain voter cards to exercise their civic rights, adding, “the card is the weapon at the voter’s disposal in choosing a leader.

Boko Haram not Islamic group –Sultan

Sultan of Sokoto,  Alhaji  Muhammad Abubakar III
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has said that the Boko Haram sect has no doctrine that resembles that of true Muslims.
Abubakar, who is the President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, made the clarification at the formal opening of the annual Islamic Vacation Course, organised by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Southern Zone, which was held at Kilometer 53, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The Sultan said, “We have said it times without number that any act that breeds violence like the one being exhibited by Boko-Haram has no basis in Islam.
“As you are aware, our religion, Islam stands for peace as its name denotes. So let us remain peaceful always, so that we may live a peaceful life here and be accommodated in the home of peace in the life to come.”

2015: Obasanjo’s Gambit: The agenda for Interim Government

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This story examines former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s latest dance steps, a break-dance of twists and turns with one suspected objective: the actualisation of a self-serving agenda that is at variance with the projection of a united Nigeria. Yet, a more perceptive incumbent President would have pulled all the stops to successfully rein-in Obasanjo.
Instead, aides and confidants, who are far, very far, from being adroit at statecraft, continue to mislead President Goodluck Jonathan, as part of a turf battle that is raging inside Aso Rock Presidential Villa. Interestingly, the perceived shoddiness of the Presidency, a Presidency foisted on Nigerians by Obasanjo and which he ought to be working to adequately address, is being allowed to flounder because of self-conceited considerations by political leaders who ought to work at nation-building. Said to be desperately working for a stalemate immediately after February’s presidential election, some political leaders in Nigeria, as this report will show, are going for broke.

Shocker: Nigerian University where students defecate in the open

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Widespread anomie prevalent in Nigeria, occasioned by a virtual dilapidation of the societal ethical and moral framework, has literally squelched  any social appetite for  comparative sociological analysis of any segment of the Nigerian society and a corresponding segment of any foreign country even if that country is Somalia .
Any such  study invariably ends as an exercise in rendition of  woes,  lamentations  and pity. Our country once mighty have fallen  and is falling.  The decay is systemic and deep-seated and widespread .

EXCLUSIVE PICTURES: Anambra Breaks into New Day as Phyno Brings Cultural Festival to Glorious End

For many residents of Awka, the forcefully emerging capital city of Anambra State, this year’s Christmas will go down in history as the Open Sesame for a glorious future. 
Following the resolve of the Willie Obiano administration to lead the state to a bright new day, a special festival tagged the Anambra Heritage Festival was organised to shake up the social circuit in the state. 

Photo News President Goodluck Jonathan Paid A Visit On Former President Babangida

Babangida Receives Jonathan, Dasuki, Ali, Peter Obi and others in Minna Today
President Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida, have held closed-door talks in Minna Niger State.
Mr. Jonathan was accompanied by the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Muhammed, a former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, and a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmadu Ali.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr. Jonathan said he travelled to Minna to meet Mr. Babangida after , Dasukithe former leader’s return from his medical trip abroad.
The president said they spoke about issues of national concern such as the security challenges facing the country.

Buhari's Aspiration Dredge Up False Accusations Of Sectionalism In PTF– Waziri Adio

Popular ThisDay newspaper columnist, Waziri Adio  today -December 26 2014-  felt compelled to speak up and clear the air on false accusations that Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was ‘sectional’ in the widely-acclaimed impact of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) he chaired under the Sanni Abacha regime.
 In a series of,  tweets, 35 in total  Waziri made it clear that “the South got 70% in terms of amount located, and the North got 30%”.
The tweets are very enlightening.  :
In a few minutes,  I will start tweeting about the Petroleum Special Trust Fund (PTF) headed @ThisIsBuhari btw May '95 and May '99
2. There have been allegations that the PTF projects were lopsided in favour of the north, aimed at portraying @ThisIsBuhari as sectional.

EXCLUSIVE: 54 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny starve as army deprives them food, care

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While holidaying Nigerians make merry with drinks and food for Christmas, 54 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram, have endured days without food since being transferred from Abuja, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report.
The soldiers, moved from Abuja to a holding cell in Lagos last Sunday, are held under conditions military sources have described as terrible and inhumane.

Medical Doctor Dies In Akure Fire

A fire on Christmas Day (Thursday) claimed the life of David Oguntuase, a medical doctor and the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Universal Medical Clinic in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The fire, which happened at Oke Ibukun Street, off Araromi quarters in the capital city, had sent residents of the street into pandemonium. Nearby residents told SaharaReporters that the fire began around 12:30 a.m. when Dr. Oguntuase was apparently asleep at his medical facility, a specialist clinic for children. Our correspondent said he was unable to reach a fire official to speak about the cause of the fire.
The latest tragic incident came barely two weeks after a gas explosion in Akure led to the destruction of shops and other properties worth billions of naira.

2015:Patience Jonathan urges Nigerians to Vote for politicians that respect women

The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, on Friday urged Nigerian women not to vote for any politician who would not carry the womenfolk along in his administration. Jonathan said this in her address at a civic reception organised in her honour by the Ohuhu clan, her maternal home in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia. She urged women to vote massively for President Goodluck Jonathan. Continue...
“He has met the 35 per cent Affirmative Action for the appointment of women into political positions in the country.
“The President has done a lot to tackle the developmental needs of the nation, in spite of the challenges and opposition against his administration,’’ the First Lady said.

JONATHAN’S DECLARATION HAS OCCULT UNDERTONE – OKOTIE


The founder and presiding pastor of Household of God Church International Ministries, Pastor Chris Okotie has said that President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration for the 2015 presidential election on November 11, 2014 has occult significance.
Okotie, who wrote on his Facebook page on Friday, emphasised that the exact date the President made his declaration had a ritualistic undertone.
He said, “The implication of Dr. Jonathan’s declaration on that day (11-11-2014) has occult significance. When the number is repeated, it takes a greater ritualistic intensity.
“In this case, we have 11-11-11, because when you add the date 11-11-2014 as a year together, you arrive at 11 also. This is in consonance with occult numerology.

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Top hit songs and music videos that ruled the airwave in 2014

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In 2014 the Nigerian music scene witnessed a lot of groovy hit songs and stunning music videos that shaped both the fortune and terrain of the entertainment industry.
These inventive works won the heart of the fans, epitomize ingenuity and unveil showmanship  at its peak. We sang these songs endlessly, downloaded their videos on our phones, and danced to them whenever we hear them being played. As a special end of the year treat, we take a look at the top songs and music videos that ruled the airwaves in 2014.
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Tsunami 10 years on:Cities rebuilt, but other scars remain

The before and after pictures say it all. And now, exactly 10 years on, it is almost unimaginable that Aceh was left devastated by a massive tsunami, triggered by an undersea earthquake so powerful it made the earth itself wobble on its axis. 
On the western tip of Indonesia, Aceh province was the closest landmass to the earthquake epicentre, and by far the worst affected. About 170,000 people died, hundreds of thousands more lost their houses and livelihood. Most man-made structures, some of them three miles inland from the 500-mile coastline, were completely destroyed.

Nigerian Military kills Hundreds Of Boko Haram

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The Nigerian military has reportedly killed hundreds of Boko Haram members and recovered large cache of weapons.
PRNigeria reports that military confiscated the weapons in Maiduguri and Damboa in Borno state after an attack on the terrorists.
It was gathered that a large number of the terrorists died in a gun battle that ensued between troops and the sect members.
The sect’s improvised explosive device (IED) laden Hilux truck vehicle was also destroyed in the process.
The troops also reportedly captured a Hilux vehicle earlier stolen by the terrorists from the Borno State Ministry of Education, which they have repainted and mounted with an anti-aircraft gun.
Other weapons recovered by troops comprised a rocket propelled grenades and rifles. It was gathered that the sect members fell into an ambush laid for them by Nigerian military who, were on a mission to stop the terrorists from attacking the electricity engineers who were working to restore power to parts of Borno State.

Muslim youths protect Christians during Xmas service in Kaduna

More than 200 Muslim youth volunteers are part of those protecting Christians during church services to celebrate this year’s Christmas in Kaduna, says Pastor Yohanna Buru.
Buru, a cleric of Christ Evangelical Church, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna South, disclosed this in an interview with pressmen in Kaduna.
He confirmed that over 200 Muslims were at his church to help protect the faithful from any attack during the church service.
According to him, the feat is the first of its kind after the series of crises that rocked the state in recent past.

Synagogue: TB Joshua flies families of South African victims to Lagos

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Nigerian preacher TB Joshua has invited to Lagos the bereaved families of the South African victims of a fatal church building collapse for a trip of “spiritual and emotional support”, a spokesman said Tuesday.
A guesthouse for foreign followers of the pastor and televangelist Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly known as TB Joshua, collapsed on September 12 killing 116 people — including 81 South Africans.
Remains of 74 of the South African victims were repatriated home two months later and 11 more remained behind awaiting DNA identification.
“The healing process is continuous but it was very important that the families be part of the year-end candlelight service — it’s spiritual and emotional support,” the church’s spokesman in South Africa Kirsten Nematandani told AFP.

Incendiary comments by politicians: APC urges Jonathan to lead by example

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to show leadership by example instead of engaging in mere rhetoric, saying talk becomes cheap the moment words lose their meaning
In a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said President Jonathan’s exhortations at a Christmas service in Abuja on Thursday would have carried weight if the President had acted in such a way that his compatriots would not doubt his sincerity.
It wondered how the President could admonish others to avoid sowing the seeds of discord and hatred through their utterances when that is exactly the stock in trade of his political associates, supporters and spokespersons.

Funke Akindele survives cruel fate in Sababi

Although fate may defeat the efforts of virtue to avert misfortune, it cannot deprive us of the power to endure it with equanimity’
Funke Akindele’s production outfit, Scene One Production in conjunction with Adekaz Production Ltd presents a new Yoruba  movie titled ‘Sababi Eda’(Fate), fully subtitled in English.
Sababi Eda depicts the life of a single mother (Funke Akindele), and her struggle with fate.    She used to be a tomboy in  the village before she got engaged and relocated  to the city.
However fate played a fast one on her in her journey of life and she could not avoid it.  Her fiancée eloped with another woman, leaving her to cater for their only son.

My wife is no flirt —Ekeinde, Omotola’s husband

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Let me start first by saying that I am humbled by the popularity of this column, only six weeks after it made its debut. I am told, and this has been verified by random Google search, that this column has been culled and appropriated by practically every social media platform including leading bloggers all over the world.
One of such bloggers called me, to say she has been eagerly awaiting my column every Sunday, and updates on my blog, EkereteUdoh.com, so she would be the first to post my stories. I must say that I am flattered.
Last week, I published on this page, excerpts of an interview that Omotola Jalade Ekeinde granted my New York-based newspaper, The Diasporan Star, in December 2009, and also on my blog. The interview, though done some years ago, was still relevant. (the kind of interviews that have no time-limit or currency). The story has become a hit on social media and some other newspapers here. The popular blogger, BellaNaija, culled the story, and a day after, Omotola, through the same BellaNaija, denied ever granting the interview to Sunday Vanguard. She, however, did not deny that the said interview did take place and that some other excerpts of the same interview were published in The Diaspora Star, which she had read when it was first published.

My political lessons — Kenny Saint Best

Gospel artiste, Kenny Saint Best, who recently lost out in the All Progressive Congress (APC) House of Assembly primary elections to Folajimi Lai Mohammed has declared that she has learnt a lot in her new found romance with politics.
“The experience is that of inner strength. I got stronger because this was a new terrain, unlike entertainment that you have gotten so used to and you take everything for granted. I also got humbled. In entertainment, you have ego but in politics you dare not bring up that ego or you will be messed up” she told Potpourri

What growing up in the slum taught me — Ruth Kadiri

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Ruth Kadiri is one of the fast rising actresses cum scriptwriters you would love to meet some day. Soft-spoken, easy-going and highly articulate Ruth has built for herself a name that may get the likes of Geneiveve and Omotola going green with envy in no distant future. The Edo State born actress who debuted as an actress in “Sincerity”, a movie that she also wrote, in recent times, has upped the ante. She opened up on her relationship, lessons she has learnt as an actress, childhood experiences and other interesting revelations.
What lessons have you learned as an actress?
Ruth-Kadiri-1I have learned to be patient. I have also learned to understand that our destinies are different. More so, I have realized that not everybody would appreciate your style, or understand where you are coming from .All you need as an actor is to be focused. It’s easy to get distracted, or follow the trend. But if you have a style and you are able to stick to it, as long as  you know that you are doing the right thing, you will surely get to your promised land.
Who is that director you can’t wait to work with?

Many awards for Bob Manuel-Udokwu

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Veteran Nollywood actor and Governor Obaino of Anambra’s Senior Special Assistant on Movie/Entertainment industry, Bob Manuel Udokwu may have lost his intent to represent his people of Idemili North Constituency at the Anambra State House of Assembly in the 2015 elections but he still has good fortunes coming his way. Just days ago the gangling actor bagged the Karifest award for Best of Nollywood Actors, to add to his collection of awards this year.
Speaking to Potpourri, the anchor for Gulder Ultimate Search reality TV show said that would be his third award this December alone. The two others received this December are Excellence/Man of Honour Award by National Grammar School, Nike, Enugu Old Boys Association and Award of Recognition as Outstanding Figure & Role Model for the Youths by Anambra State Students Association, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

There may be sequel to 30 Days in Atlanta —AY

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Ace Comedian,  Ayo Makun also known as AY has revealed that his wave-making movie 30 Days In Atlanta cost him a lot financially. The movie which clinched the comedy movie of the year at the Best of Nollywood awards has been getting a lot of rave reviews.
In an exclusive chat with Potpourri, the entertainment entrepreneur said: “I am satisfied with how well 30 Days In Atlanta is doing. The people who have seen it are already asking for a sequel. Trust me, if the demands continue, we will go for it. I will be very honest  I only pictured and anticipated  it doing well. I only wished, but seeing it happen is a different ball game. I will say categorically that I didn’t know it will be this successful. It cost a lot of money and relationships to put the movie together. As a matter of fact, I am not good with mentioning figures. It cost a lot of money to put 30 days in Atlanta together”.

Seyi Hunter returns with Indecent Assault

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Seyi Hunter is one budding actress who continues to reinvent her brand and walk the path less travelled. The sexy Industrial and labour relations graduate recently unveiled her new movie titled Indecent Assault.
Seyi-Hunter-Pix-2On the motive behind becoming a movie producer, she disclosed that she likes the fact that a story can be taken from nothing into something people can learn from. “This is my first movie as a producer. I think I am going to go into movie production fully. I like the fact that you have to take something from nothing and create something people can learn from” she said
“Indecent Assault is a story about sex, betrayal, greed and hate. It’s a story that paints beautifully the picture of how far human beings can go to meet their self-centered desires” she added

Jaywon, Sound Sultan, others for Music Africa Beach Splash

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Eleko beach in Lagos will play host to Music Africa Beach Splash on the 21st of December 2014 at the Chaka Beach Resorts. In the spirit of the yuletide, Oritsefemi, Jaywon, Sound Sultan, Patoraking, Ketchup, Young Greyc and a host of others will add colour to the event.
Speaking on the purpose of the event, Phillip Trimnell, Managing Director of Music Africa said: ”The Music Africa  Beach Splash is a colourful concert that will feature some of the best music stars in Nigeria who have performed and created impact in the Nigerian music industry till date.”
Lolo1 and Ogbolor are the comperes for the day, while  DJ humility and DJ Bobbi will be on the wheels of steel. Senator and  Funny Bone are also billed to add humour to the event.

‘More blood is being shed in Nigeria’, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis issued a strident call in his Christmas day message to safeguard children who are victims “under our very eyes” of violence and trafficking, while also demanding an end to “brutal persecution” worldwide.
Killings and hostage-takings from the Middle East to Nigeria and elsewhere must stop, he said in his annual Christmas “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) message.
Denouncing conflicts in Ukraine and Libya, and noting last week’s deadly attack against a school in Pakistan, the pontiff also lamented the thousands of victims of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
“Truly there are so many tears this Christmas,” he said.
Delivering his second Christmas blessing, the popular Argentine pontiff, visibly moved and departing from his text, noted “the children massacred by bombardments, including where the son of God was born” and their “powerless silence that cries under the sword.”
Denouncing “indifference”, he explicitly condemned abortion, deploring the children “killed before seeing the light”.

Police stop #BringBackOurGirls protest in Abuja

File: Policewomen block supporters of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, who ask for the release of the 219 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants, from marching to the president's official residence in the Nigerian capital Abuja on October 14, 2014.  Nigerian police on Tuesday blocked supporters of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from marching on the president's official residence on the six-month anniversary of the abduction. A wall of female officers in full riot gear formed the first line of a barricade in front of less than 100 members of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, preventing them from setting out. AFP PHOTO
Policemen yesterday, disrupted,  the  protest organized by  #BringBackOurGirls, BBOG,  movement as they distributed  fliers to motorists to remind them of the plight of the 219 Chibok girls still in Boko Haram captivity.
The policemen numbering about 20 barricaded the Shehu Shagari Way, Abuja with their vehicles at the junction to the  Presidential Villa, a move that enraged some of the activists.

Internet banking to break Christmas day records

Christmas Day online shoppers were predicted to set a new spending record splashing out an estimated £636m on Thursday.
Shoppers were expected to make 142 million visits to retail sites – a 25 per cent increase over last year.
Sky News reported that research by Experian and online retailing trade association IMRG found Britons would spend around £441,000 a minute.
“The ease of shopping online via connected devices raises the prospect of a very large amount of shopping activity on Christmas Day itself,” said Experian general manager of consumer insight Giles Longhurst.
Dominic Trigg, managing director for Europe of digital advertising technology company Rocket Fuel, said, “Shopping online on Christmas Day is now a normal part of UK consumers’ holiday experiences every year.
“It is clear that UK consumers now see shopping from the comfort of their own home, following Christmas Day dinner, as much of a tradition as a turkey and ham dinner.”

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