Friday, October 31, 2014

Travel Expert Says Lagos Is the Most Worst City On Planet Earth - Lee Abbamonte

In an article titled 'Worst Places I've Ever Visited, From A Man Who Has Visited Everywhere', Yahoo Travel expert/writer Lee Abbamonte, ranked Lagos, Nigeria as the No. 1 worst city to visit on earth.
Nigerian Army 72rri shortlisted candidates 2014

Nigerian Army 72rri shortlisted candidates 2014

The Nigerian Army has published the list of candidates shortlisted for the 72RRI Pre-Screening Examination. The Nigerian Army shortlist for trades men and women was published today. Candidates who applied for the 2014 Nigerian army72 RRI regular recruit intake can now check for their names on the Nigeria army e-recruitment portal. How To Check: Follow the steps below to check the names of successful candidates for the 2014 Nigerian army recruitment screening exam; 1) Visit the official Nigeria army recruitment website , 2) Click on your selected Exam Centre on the homepage to view the list of students shortlisted for Nigerian army recruitment exam in that state .( NB:The list is best viewed with a computer device and not mobile phones). Best Wishes To All 2014 Army 72RRI Applicants…

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Photo allegedly shows Mubi villagers fleeing after yesterday's attack on their village

Obviously, I can't verify the authenticity of this photo but according to the person who shared it on Facebook, Jibrilla Madu Gadzama, the National Coordinator
Amosun, Adesegun’s face-off: Power supply to dep gov’s house cut over N5m debt.

Amosun, Adesegun’s face-off: Power supply to dep gov’s house cut over N5m debt.

ABEOKUTA—Power supply to the official quarters of the Deputy Governor of Ogun State,  Prince Segun Adesegun was disconnected by officials of Ibadan Electricity Distribution company because the government owed the company about five million naira.
A source within the company who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent that the state government’s failure to pay the power bill prompted it to cut supply to the house.
The source said; “The government was owing us N3.5 million when we cut power supply, but the bill has gone up now to about N5 million.”
Vanguard reliably gathered that,  the Deputy Governor’s quarters was disconnected early this year due to failure of the government to offset the bill.
The Deputy Governor had written a letter to the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun accusing the governor of deliberately denying him his rights and privileges. Condemnation galore Reacting to the letter written by the deputy governor, two members of the National Assembly, Abiodun Akinlade and Abiodun Abudu, a leader of the faction in the state House of Assembly, Remmy Hassan, the state secretary of Labour Party and the publicity secretary of the People’s Democratic Party condemned the governor’s action as stated by Prince Adesegun in his letter.
In his remarks, Akinlade, a governorship aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party  said he sympathised with the embattled deputy governor.
He, however, said that the National Assembly would look into a section of the constitution that has to do with the rights and privileges of deputy governors so as to empower and protect them against wicked bosses.
Corroborating his colleague in the House, Abudu said the crisis started before the swearing-in ceremony in 2011, noting that  the issues raised by the deputy governor lend credence to what he described as “politics of intolerance and vindictiveness” by Governor Amosun.
“The matter is clear. It has given credence to the politics of vindictiveness and intolerance by Amosun. This is not new to us as stakeholders, we knew this all along. The whole thing started before the swearing-in. That is the politics of intolerance and vindictiveness of Governor Amosun that has destroyed the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and now All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ogun.
Remmy Hassan reacts
In his reaction, the leader of the opposition in the state house of assembly, Remmy Hassan described the governor as being petty.
According to him; “I am not surprised. What is playing out is because there is a break in the relationship between Amosun and Aremo Segun Osoba and the deputy governor is loyal to Chief  Osoba.
“When Obasanjo and Atiku were engaging each other in the battles of political supremacy, we did not hear that Atiku  was denied his  rights  and privileges. It shows that Obasanjo is a leader.
“In a government headed by Amosun, a former speaker had his mother kidnapped. The governor did not call,  did not send text message,  did not do anything because he is not his loyalist.
“He must rise above pettiness. Anybody who has pettiness in his character has no business in government. This development will affect governance in one way or the other.”
PDP on the issue
Also reacting, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described the crisis of confidence between Governor Ibikunle Amosun and his deputy, Prince Segun Adesegun as “the chicken coming home to roost”.
In a statement issued by the State Publicity Secretary, Waliu Oladipupo, the party said; “It was unfortunate that the muted crisis of confidence has now blown open.
“While we empathise with the Deputy Governor on his ordeal and pray that the Almighty God will touch the heart of Governor Ibikunle Amosun to give him (his deputy) what is due to him, we can only hope that this intractable fight will not hamper governance and further impoverish the long-suffering people of our dear state.
“We appeal to the good people of Ogun State to keep hope alive, knowing full well that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Their tears will soon be wiped away by a government with a human face. That is the PDP promise and deliverable.”
The state  Secretary of the Labour Party, LP, Sunday Oginni in his remarks  described  the allegation levelled against the governor as  a serious one.
He said: “ If the governor can treat his deputy with disdain and outright contempt like this,  then, it shows  that  an ordinary citizen of the state is of no value to the governor.
“We want to say categorically that he has no human face in his government and the electorate should vote him out and reject him  at the poll.
“Everybody is now aware that Amosun is running a government of vendetta. If he can do that to his deputy, what is the fate of  the common man and workers of Ogun State.?”
No comment—Ogun govt
Meanwhile, attempts to get a reaction from the state government over the issue was unsuccessful as the government said it had no comment .
When contacted,  the state Commissioner for Information  and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu insisted that, the government had not received the letter. Updated by Anex119.

Residents flee Mubi as insurgents take over.

Residents flee Mubi as insurgents take over.

Yola— Defying the purported ceasefire agreement between the Federal Government and Boko Haram Islamic sect, the terrorists, yesterday, overran Mubi, the commercial nerve centre and second biggest town in Adamawa State as well as other neighbouring towns and villages, killing many residents who were unable to escape.
Many of the soldiers and residents were said to have fled to neighbouring local government areas. Residents who fled the town said the insurgents also engaged Nigerian troops in a deadly shoot-out.
fleeing resident of Uba town which is about 30 kilometres from Mubi, said several people might have been killed during the shooting spree which was still going on at press time. He said:
“We are in serious trouble as these boys (Boko Haram) have taken over our towns, splitting in groups with some Boko Haram members advancing towards Mararraban Mubi and Vintim, the home town of Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, giving Nigerian troops a hot chase. Mubi has now become a ghost of itself as people in their hundreds are fleeing for their lives. Even here in Maiha, we saw military vehicles zooming off towards Yola, the state capital.”
He said that several people might have been killed during the shooting spree that lasted almost two hours in Uba and other villages.
Ahmad Sajoh, the spokesperson to former Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako, who also narrated his experience, said his daughter was missing after the advance of the insurgents early yesterday.
He said: “This morning, I got a call from my daughter who is a 200 level student of Adamawa State University, Mubi. She was hysterical. I was in Abuja for a meeting, but her information forced me to head back to Yola immediately. She told me that the insurgents were approaching the town which is the second largest in Adamawa State. I ordered her to leave the hostel and join her cousins to escape the town. I called my father who confirmed the story.
“By the time I arrived Yola airport, the town had fallen to the insurgents. My parents are trapped while my daughter and her cousins are missing. We lost contact for the past six hours.
“My colleague, Mallam Iliyasu of the Bursary Department Adamawa State University, Mubi, who is trapped in the town, said by 2pm the Police Barracks in the GRA was overrun by the insurgents; the Prison was blown open while fighting was going on at the Army barracks.
“The IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp at Lamorde was thrown into confusion. The new rulers of the town had issued a decree banning all entry and exit to the town. Students who trooped to the motor park are now stranded with most taking refuge in any house that could welcome them.
“The barracks are the least safe locations in the town. So far there are no reported cases of killings or abductions. But fear and apprehension had taken over. No word yet on the incident either by government or the military.”
A widow, Lamidi Kery, who lost her husband to a similar attack in Mubi, confirmed that people died during the attack. She said: “The town is deserted now, people have all fled into nearby bushes and hilltops. We have seen soldiers in their vehicles retreating.”
Another source said that the Boko Haram insurgents overran Madagali down to Bazza, both in Adamawa State. “They are having a field day. Even yesterday, I sneaked into Michika town to evacuate my aged mother, but surprisingly only insurgents could be heard around, there were no soldiers.
“Mubi has now become a shadow of its former self, people in hundreds are scampering for their lives. Even here in Maiha, we saw soldiers’ vehicles zoom-off towards Yola, the state capital,” said a local source in Maiha, another town in Adamawa.”
Another resident in the troubled town said that one of his siblings had not been seen and every effort to establish contacts with him in the last 24 hours had proved abortive.
“The town has been deserted while the only place safe for us is the military base in Mubi and the situation in Yola, the state capital, is so bad that the residents are apprehensive due to the influx of strange elements into the town”, he said.
Emir of Mubi sends SoS to FG
Worried by the deteriorating situation, the Emir of Mubi, Alhaji Abubakar Isah Ahmadu, issued a Save-Our-Soul, SOS, to the Federal Government to prevent imminent invasion by the insurgents.
The state governor, Bala James Ngillari has asked the people of the state, particularly those in the affected areas to remain calm as security agents were on top of the situation. Mr P.P Elisha, the Director, Press and Public Affairs in the state in a statement said, “it’s unfortunate. His Excellency (the governor) met with security chiefs in the state yesterday to asses the situation. People should remain calm, security agents are on top of the situation.”
Meanwhile, the military authorities have not responded to the invasion of Mubi town by the terrorists as calls and text messages to the Defence Spokesman, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade were unanswered. Updated by Anex119.

Man, 28, bags 7 months in prison for stealing ram

Man, 28, bags 7 months in prison for stealing ram

An Upper Area Court sitting in Zuba, Abuja, on Thursday sentenced a 28-year-old man, Shamsudeen Usman, to seven months imprisonment for stealing a ram. The Presiding Officer, Malam Aminu Sa’ad, sentenced Usman to two months in prison or fine of N5,000 for the offence of criminal trespass and five months, or pay a fine of N10,000 for theft. The convict, who could not pay the fines, was, however, taken to prison. Usman, a resident of Kubwa, was charged with the offences of criminal trespass and theft. According to the report filed at Dutse-Alhaji Police Station, Usman unlawfully entered the premises of the complainant, Mr Sebastine Sossou, and stole a ram. Sossou, a Pastor, had the ram given to him by one of his church members in Kubwa. The convict, however, took the ram to livestock market at Dei-Dei with the intention of selling it, but was arrested by the police. Usman pleaded guilty to the charges. The prosecutor, Cpl. Kelechi Echendu, informed the court that the offences contravened sections 287 and 348 of the Penal Code. Culled from Vanguard

Young ladies please read this. Girl goes missing after leaving club with man

Found this report on The Nation, and wanted to share it because a lot of young girls can learn from this. It's a story about a 300level English Language student of

HAVE NIGERIANS TURNED BEGGARS? 9ice To Distribute Palmwine, Palmoil, Water To Ogbomoso People (SEE PHOTOS)

The singer who is seeking to be elected as a house of representative member at Ogbomoso North/South/Orire Constituency come 2015 has decided to also

SEE Wizkid's Reaction To His Alleged Arrest For Smoking Weed In a Kenyan Hotel

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Resign now, PDP tells Tambuwal.

ABUJA— NATIONAL leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, welcomed the defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, and advised him to resign as speaker because he was no longer a member of the ruling party.
After almost one year of speculation and hob-nobbing with APC leaders, Tambuwal, yesterday, formally dumped PDP for the opposition party.
Reacting to Tambuwal’s defection, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement said the honourable thing for Tambuwal now is to resign.
Metuh said: “The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has met with PDP leaders in the House of Representatives concerning the defection of the Speaker. After a thorough consideration of the matter, the NWC came to a conclusion that the Honourable Speaker, as a responsible elected officer, knows full well what is needful and honourable of him since his new party is in the minority.“We are not unmindful of the fact that Honourable Tambuwal became Speaker on the platform of the PDP as the political party with the majority of seats in the House of Representatives and that this incontrovertible fact has not changed.”
How Tambuwal dumped PDP
Tambuwal, who had put all his colleagues and political associates on their toes since 2013 over where he belongs, formalized his defection to the APC, yesterday, via a two-paragraph letter.
As soon as Leader of the House, Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola and the Deputy Leader, Hon. Leo Ogor, moved for adjournment and journalists stood up to leave the gallery, Tambuwal started reading his decampment letter.
The Speaker waited till the end of the day’s legislative business in the House to announce his movement to the opposition party. Before the Speaker’s announcement of his decampment to the APC, the House had passed a motion to immortalize Dr. Stella Adadevoh and compensate the families of the health workers who died after contracting the Ebola Virus Disease. The motion was sponsored by Olajumoke Okoya-Thomas.
Tambuwal said: ”Before I hit the gavel on the motion for adjournment, I want to make this formal announcement to this House. Based on the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, and having regards to the development of PDP in my state, Sokoto State, I hereby announce my membership with the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Let me register my profound appreciation to all of you, my colleagues, for the unflinching support you have continued to extend to me for the overall national interest and development of our democracy. May Almighty God continue to guide us all.”
PDP Reps hold emergency meeting; some weep
Members of the PDP trooped into the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha’s conference room to hold what members described as an emergency meeting. After the brief meeting, Vanguard reliably gathered that the PDP leadership summoned the PDP House caucus to its secretariat.
Some members who could not control their emotions closed their office doors to journalists and wept at the loss of a colleague to the opposition. Some of the lawmakers simply told Vanguard“Please we are not in the mood to discuss anything at this moment but we will meet this night to deliberate on the way forward”.
Tambuwal’s next political move
Tambuwal, Vanguard reliably gathered had picked the governorship nomination form over a week ago where he was made the sole flag bearer of the APC in Sokoto State.
An impeccable source close to the speaker said that Tambuwal is also eyeing the presidency. The game plan, he explains, is that if Tambuwal failed at the presidential level, he has nothing to lose as the Sokoto ticket is already in his pocket.
“I do not know how he intends to achieve that but from all indications our friend is eyeing both positions,” the source said.
Tambuwal remains Speaker, APC Reps
The APC lawmakers addressed the press immediately Tambuwal announced his defection. Arrowhead of the opposition, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos) and the Minority Whip, Samson Osagie spoke at the briefing.
They said: “We are here to address you on the events of today, the formal notification by the Speaker of the House of Representatives—Tambuwal — of his membership of the All Progressives Congress.
“We welcome and applaud the Speaker’s decision. Ever since the crises started in PDP which led to the formation of the ‘New PDP’, and the defection of five PDP Governors, 37 PDP members of the House of Representatives to the APC, and the formal merger of the ‘New PDP’ with the APC, we had all along known that this day will come.
“We are proud to acknowledge that the Speaker remains not only a member of the House of Representatives but also its Speaker. This position is consistent with the law and practice in a Presidential System of Government.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Constitution requires only, that ‘Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives shall be elected by members of that House from among themselves.’ Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has been a speaker for all the members, all the political parties and for all Nigerians and will so continue.
“As a caucus, we pledge our continued support to the current leadership of the House of Representatives. We will not do anything to destabilize the institution of the House of Representatives, so that it will continue to deliver on the mandates given to its members by Nigerians.”
The court ‘ll decide –Leo Ogor
Deputy Leader of the House, Leo Ogor, in a swift reaction to what transpired on the floor of the House and the threatened unity of the Seventh Assembly said:
“What happened today was quite unexpected. But again, that decision was a personal decision and has no major implication on our political party. The PDP members of the House will look at the situation and take a position in respect of the defection. He is gone, fine. And he emphasized that his decision borders on his local politics. That is to say borders on the interest of his people and his constituency. But, all said and done, he came through a political party which was PDP. So, by the provision of Section 68 (g) of the constitution, which is still before a court of jurisdiction, we await the ruling of the court on the matter. And I think this is one great opportunity for us to call on the Judiciary. It is also an arm of government; justice delayed is justice denied.
“And it is a subject matter before them, it behoves on them to make the necessary interpretations so that we can lay this issue to rest in respect of defection. It is extremely important. But for us as members of the PDP, we believe that we will continue carrying on the responsibilities of our party.
“We will watch further, and definitely will see what happens. Let’s look and see how he manages the House. We will watch him with eagle eyes and interpret every action that he takes.”
“Let me emphasize here that the Speaker has left. Because he has gone does not mean that the PDP does not control the House. He sits down there as the presiding officer, we run the affairs of the House, and as people who control the House, we must go the extra mile to protect the interest of our party. We are not going to lose our sleep because Tambuwal defected to the APC.
“I think we need to be mindful of the constitution. According to the constitution, you would need a two/thirds majority to remove a sitting speaker. Do we have two/third? That is another matter we need to ponder. We will face the party and give our explanations, but I can assure you that the party’s interest will be fully protected.”
For now PDP has 195 members while APC has about 159 and the other parties share the remaining six seats.
It’s a party affair –Akande
In her reaction, House Majority Leader, Mulikat Akande-Adeola (PDP, Oyo) said: “This is a party affair. Members take decision on the floor based on party. So, the party will take decision at the appropriate time.”
‘Tambuwal playing for time to ward off removal’
The abrupt adjournment of the proceedings of the House of Representatives by Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, yesterday, was done as a survival strategy, Vanguard investigation has revealed.
A ranking member of the House, who spoke to Vanguard last night, explained that Tambuwal, who formally decamped from the PDP to the APC same day, decided to adjourn for a long time in order to secure “a soft landing” for himself.
The member pointed out that what happened on the floor of the House on Tuesday did not come to them as a surprise, as most of the leadership from all the major political parties could not claim ignorance of the step taken by the Speaker.
The source said: “The drama that played out on the floor of the House was not out of the blues; it was carefully played out by those who superintend over us.
“The top men there could not claim ignorance of what Tambuwal did and his decision to adjourn the House till December 3 this year. This type of a thing has never happened in the history of the House but they did it and got away with it.
“The truth of the matter is that Tambuwal knew that if he had waited a minute after making the announcement of his decampment public, the proper thing was for the PDP majority in the House to elect a new Speaker.
“But by embarking on a prolonged adjournment which took many members by surprise, it is clear that the Speaker wants to get a soft landing and use the period to lobby members to get a new Speaker who will be sympathetic to him and cover his back.”
“Tambuwal believes he is a smart politician and he may still get his way around,” the member said. Updated by Anex119.

Negotiations still on to release Chibok girls — FG.

Abuja—In spite of serial violation of the ceasefire agreement between the Boko Haram sect and the Federal government, the Federal Government insisted yesterday that negotiations were still ongoing between it and the Boko Haram sect on the release of abducted Chibok schoolgirls.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke, who addressed state House Correspondents after a meeting of the National Security Council in Abuja said the service chiefs briefed the council on the negotiation between them and the sect.
He said the recent violation in no way violated government’s resolve to ensure the safe release of the girls.Yesterday’s meeting was attended by the service chiefs; the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Suleiman Abba; National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki; the Minister of Defence, Aliyu Gusau; the Director General, State Security Service, Mr Ita Ekpeyong and the Chief of Defence staff, Alex Badeh.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, declined to speak to correspondents after the meeting which lasted about two hours.
Badeh had a couple of weeks ago announced that Boko Haram had agreed to a ceasfire and directed all field commanders to respect it. Following suspicion that the group negotiating with the government was not the right one, the self acclaimed Secretary General of Boko Haram, Mallam Danladi Ahmadu, last Friday insisted that the group’s ceasefire agreement with the Federal Government was on course.
He disclosed that the final meeting between the group and the Federal Government to finally seal the ceasefire agreement had been scheduled for last Monday in Ndjamena, Chad to be supervised by the Chadian leader, Idris Derby. Ahmadu who spoke in the Hausa service of the Voice of America, VOA, assured that an enlarged meeting of the group had been fixed to prepare ground for last Monday meeting with the Federal Government that would lead to eventual release of the girls to Chadian President, Idriss Derby for onward presentation to the Nigerian government.
The high expectation was however dashed as the girls were not released last Monday as promised by Boko Haram’s representative. Updated by Anex119.

NFF consoles SAFA on Meyiwa’s killing.

The Nigeria Football Federation has commiserated with the South African Football Association (SAFA) over the tragic death of the Bafana Bafana Captain, Senzo Meyiwa.
Meyiwa, also Captain of top club, Orlando Pirates, was murdered on Sunday night at the house of his girlfriend and mother of his child, in Vosloorus, outside Johannesburg. In a letter signed by General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, the NFF mourned deeply with SAFA over the tragic death of the 27 –year old, who was one of the glowing stars of South African football.
“The Nigeria Football Federation and the entire Nigeria football family is in deep mourning over the killing of the 27 –year old Orlando Pirates’ and Bafana Bafana number one goalkeeper and Captain, who still had his life ahead of him. The snuffing out of the life of one of the glowing stars of South African football is as tragic as it is unfortunate.
“We note that he was murdered by gunmen in the apartment of the mother of his child, and it is our hope and prayer that the security agencies will bring the perpetrators of the terrible act to justice in quick time.
“Senzo Meyiwa’s killing has come at a time that the Bafana Bafana are in good standing to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals and at a time that South African football at senior level is looking to be on true revival path. This makes his tragic departure much more painful.”
It would be recalled that Meyiwa had kept clean sheets in all four matches played by the Bafana Bafana so far in the qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, helping South Africa to maintain its place on the top of Group A (which also has Nigeria, Sudan and Congo). Updated by Anex119.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Photo: 300l UNIBEN student killed on campus by unknown gunmen

A 300 level student of the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Physical Sciences at the University of Benin in Edo state, Ejiroghene Gbenidio (pictured above) was shot dead by

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa shot dead.

The tragic incident took place on Sunday evening, ending the life of a much-loved and respected national team shot-stopped.Orlando Pirates first choice goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa

Nigeria at risk over falling oil price—FG.

The Federal Government, yesterday, raised an alarm over the decline in the global crude oil prices, saying that it is already putting in place stricter measures to cushion the effect of the drop on the Nigerian economy. “Nigeria has two to three months of rainy day savings to cushion it while contingencies are put in place should world oil prices continue to fall,” Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Co-ordinating Minister for Economy told the Financial Times.
Okonjo-Iweala disclosed that should oil price dip below $78, the country would have to draw down on the Excess Crude Account (ECA).
She said, “Our intention is not to run in there and raid it, but even if prices continue to go down we can survive sufficiently for two to three months. That is the time needed to get other measures in place. What you don’t want is a hard landing.”
“Our buffers are slimmer this time,” Okonjo-Iweala acknowledged, adding that there is about $4bn in the ECA at present, $2bn short of what the International Monetary Fund had recommended.
She further stated that the country needs to ramp up our non oil revenues on the fiscal side, adding that global consulting firm, McKinsey, has been engaged to carry out an extensive review of revenue services in order to identify potential gains.
Okonjo-Iweala added that she was encouraged by an exhaustive data review, which saw Nigeria’s economy overtake South Africa’s as the continent’s largest, showing that the economy had diversified to a much greater extent than previously thought.
She said, “In an oil country you can never feel at ease exactly. But I feel we can master this situation because we have a diverse base.
“We will have to look very hard at recurrent expenditure, and identify overlapping agencies. When the price is heading down everyone sees the necessity but that doesn’t stop them hating you.
Okonjo-Iweala agreed, however, that lower oil prices would provide a stronger incentive to government to rein in oil theft, which has cost billions of dollars a year, and help to drive through stalled oil sector legislation to stimulate production.
“That would enable us to pick up quantity to help us cushion on the price side,” she said.
The Federal Government, which depends on oil typically for about 80 per cent of revenues, is assuming an oil price of $78 per barrel for its 2015 budget, up from $77.5 per barrel in 2013 and precariously close to recent world prices.
Nigeria was in a much stronger position last time the world price of oil tumbled, with about $22bn squirrelled away in the ECA. Those funds helped the country weather the 2008 global financial crisis with economic output relatively unscathed.
But during recent boom years the government has persistently used the ECA, dividing out the proceeds among the 36 states in the federation, which are constitutionally entitled to their share.
Nigeria also holds foreign reserves equivalent to $39″billion. These have come under recent pressure as the central bank has stepped in to prop up the naira, but still cover nine months worth of imports.
Nigeria’s ratio of non-oil tax revenues to GDP, at 4.5 per cent, is among the lowest on the continent. McKinsey helped South Africa broaden its tax base to the tune of about $3bn and Okonjo-Iweala believed similar gains were possible over the longer term in Nigeria. Updated by Anex119.

2015: Obasanjo warns against Muslim-Muslim, Christian-Christian ticket.

ABEOKUTA – Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo,Sunday, warned  political parties in the country  against fielding what he called Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian ticket, saying,  it is dangerous and sensitive.
Obasanjo in  a press statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta , the state capital said Nigeria was too religious conscious and sensitive for that arrangement.
The former President stated that any attempt to engage in such game would not only  amount  to “insensitivity of the highest  order but will also amount to very bad politics indeed”.
Obasanjo  in a terse  statement  said “Sensitivity is a necessary ingredient for enhancement of peace, security and stability at this point in the political discourse and
arrangement for Nigeria and for encouraging confidence and trust.
“It will be insensitive to the point of absurdity for any leader or any political  party to be toying with Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian ticket at this juncture.
” Nigeria cannot at this stage raise the spectre and fear of Islamization  or Christianization. The idea of proselytization in any form  is a grave danger that must not be contemplated by any serious -minded politician at this delicate  situation in Nigeria, as
this time is different from any other time.
“Therefore, disregarding the fact that there are fears that need to be allowed  at this point will amount not only to insensitivity of the highest  order but will also amount to very bad politics indeed”. Updated by Anex119.

President Jonathan to receive Falcons Wednesday.

Nigeria’s number one citizen, President Goodluck Jonathan will receive the victorious African women champions Super Falcons at the federal executive council meeting on Wednesday.
The Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo who left Nigeria on Friday for Namibia dropped the hint when he met with the Super Falcons before they beat the Lionesses of Cameroon 2-0 in the final of the African Women Championship.According to the minister, a proposal has been sent to Mr. President to receive the team at FEC meeting on Wednesday noting that he is quite sure Mr. President will be looking forward to meet the Falcons on their return as he praised the girls for doing Nigeria proud in Namibia.
“I know it is not just going to be a presidential hand shake alone because he likes to appreciate those who do the country proud in any sector of national endeavour. Just get the job done and leave the rest” the minister stated.
The Super Falcons  departed Windhoek for Johannesburg by 2pm yesterday and departed for Lagos by 11pm and spent the night in Lagos.
The Minister also divulged during the victory dinner at the Nigerian House Windhoek that arriving Lagos the team will be welcomed by the Lagos community,where they will spend a night. They will then leave for Abuja on Tuesday where they will be hosted by the National Sports Commission (NSC) before the team meets with Mr President on Wednesday. Updated by Anex119.

Nation awaits release of 200 Chibok girls.

The nation anxiously awaits the possible release of over 200 Chibok girls today. The girls were abducted by Boko Haram sect on April 14 this year. Two weeks ago, the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Alex Badeh announced that the sect had agreed to a ceasefire following an agreement reached by both the government and Boko Haram and consequently directed all the field commanders to observe the ceasefire.
On its part, Boko Haram, represented by one Mallam Danladi Ahmadu, who addressed himself as the Director General of Boko Haram repeatedly gave the assurance that the latest deal to end the violence and release the girls was genuine and on course.
Ahmadu who spoke on the Hausa Service of the Voice of America insisted that the Chibok girls will be released today. According to him, the Chibok girls will be released to the Chadian President, Idris Derby, for onward presentation to the Nigerian Government. Ahmadu also assured that Boko Haram and the Nigerian Government were in close consultations over arrangement for today’s meeting in Chad and that after the meeting, all attacks would cease.
Meantime, gunmen suspected to be sect members invaded Miringa, a village in Biu local government area of Borno State, yesterday. They attacked traders as well as buyers in the market, killed five people and injured several others.
Miringa is about 10 kilometres north of Biu and more than 20 kilometres drive from Buratai village, home town of Brigadier General Tukur Buratai, a former Commander of Joint Task Force, Niger Delta.
A ward councillor in Biu town who did not want his name mentioned confirmed the incident, adding that the gunmen came in two Hilux vans with Islamic inscription and flags and began shooting at people during the market hours. Updated by Anex 119.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

“I Don’t Mind Dating A Younger Man Now” –– Popular Female Drummer, Ara

Popular female drummer, Ara has said she is now ready to give marriage another

REVEALED: Man Who Is Sleeping With His Three Daughters Arrested [PHOTO]

Mr Ikechukwu Desmond Okonkwo, was paraded on Friday by the Nasarawa State Police Command and the charge against him is that he has been having carnal knowledge of his three daughters. The absurdity was revealed to the police by his wife, Mrs Comfort Okonkwo of Ezeagwu Old Village, Ezia LGA of Enugu State. The three daughters corroborated their mother’s allegation. The man has been charged to court but he is begging for forgiveness and blaming the devil for his acts.