Thursday, April 2, 2015

Photo: Davido acquires brand new Porsche, shows it off on IG

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Music star, Davido imparted a photograph of his most recent auto which simply landed to him, a White Porsche

CNN is at it again, puts Nairobi in Nigeria...:-)

CNN’s “mistake” while reporting the Kenyan College massacre early this evening.
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I guess CNN is trying to pass message to some of their American viewers who thinks Africa is a country. Offcour- this can be perceieved by their other viwers as mistake. This is not the first time CNN is linking most talked about positive event to another negative one.
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See more sample across the globe bellow.


CNN did it again. Apparently the key identity of ISIL killer’Jihadi John’is Russian President Vladimir Putin.


CNN just can’t seem to simply help themselves. In a written report confirming the identity of’Jihadi John’on Thursday, the headlines agency accidentally took down the picture of the ISIL-affiliated killer and replaced it with a picture of Vladimir Putin.


With US State Department officials constantly saying that Russia is really as bad as ISIL, perhaps it was just a matter of time before CNN would start mistake the Russian leader for Jihadi John.


The gaffe is merely the newest in what seems just like a never-ending and hilarious group of bloopers created by the international news agency about Russia and Ukraine, the final occuring just a week ago, when CNN accidentally annexed Ukraine to Russia:



  Last summer, the agency had placed Slavyansk, an area in eastern Ukraine contested by Kiev and Donetsk rebels in Crimea about 500 kilometers southwest, in Crimea, which had broken off and joined Russia.  





Earlier, commenting on referendums which had taken invest Donetsk and Luhansk regarding their status within Ukraine, CNN posted a graphic placing the referendum somewhere in Pakistan.



 






APC Senatorial candidate looks into Fayose over victory party

The All Progressives Congress Senatorial competitor speaking to Ekiti Central in the last Saturday’s National Assembly race Gbenga Olofin has advised Governor Ayodele Fayose against coercing him.
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Olofin who lost in the decision to a Peoples Democratic Party’s hopeful depicted as “untrue” the claim that he took part in a triumph party by the APC where individuals from PDP were purportedly assaulted.


An announcement by the Director, Media and Publicity of his campaign association, Akogun Oguntayo, asserted Olofin had left Ekiti after the day of the decision and couldn’t have taken an interest in any triumph rally.

The statement said,


“We received the statement credited to the Governor’s Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Lere Olayinka, with a rude shock because Amb.Olofin who they claimed led a celebration rally is currently out of the state.


“Governor Fayose is deliberately using this fabricated allegation to divert attention from electoral atrocities he committed in connivance with some security agents during the last National Assembly election.


“Some members of our party including the candidate were harassed and detained, while election results were taken away to an undisclosed venue, tampered with before bringing same to collation centre in Ado Ekiti a day after leaving the local government collation centre.


“The result did not come until the evening when our Director General, Toba Daramola, left the venue.”


The statement urged members of the party to remain calm in the face of provocation by the governor and his agents.

See The Impressive Academic Profile Of Nigeria's Elected Vice President

Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was Wednesday the first of April 2015, declared the champ of the 2015 Nigerian Presidential races.


Indeed before the director of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega, gave the testament of profits, congrats have been pouring in.


Given the way that it is his fourth endeavor at assuming responsibility of the country, crying in the wake of losing the last time, it was a huge triumph, particularly done against a more youthful officeholder, Goodluck Jonathan.


It will however be unreasonable not to note the significance of the commitment of his running mate, Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo, in assembling the 15,424,921 votes that won vanquished the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


Born on the 8th of March 1957 to the family of late Sir Adeyemi, Osinbajo is a father of three children with Oludolapo Osinbajo, a granddaughter of Obafemi Awolowo, a Senior Pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and a politician amongst many other things.

He has a very impressive academic history:

Osinbajo started at Corona School for his primary school education.

Between 1969 and 1975, he attended Igbobi College Yaba for his secondary education. There he won several awards including; the State Merit Award 1971; the School Prize for English Oratory, 1972; Adeoba Prize for English Oratory 1972-1975; Elias Prize for Best Performance in History (WASC) – 1973, School Prize for Literature (HSC), 1975; African Statesman Intercollegiate Best Speaker’s Prize, 1974.

Between 1975 and 1978, Osinbajo studied at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) where he earned a Second Class Upper Bachelor of Laws degree. He was awarded the he received the Graham-Douglas Prize for Commercial Law.

1979 had the mandatory one year professional training at the Nigerian Law School

In 1980 studied at the London School of Economics and obtained his Master of Laws

Between late 1979 and 1980, he did his National Youth Service (NYSC) with the Bendel Development and Planning Authority (BDPA)

Between 1981 and 1988, he commenced academic work as a lecturer at UNILAG

In 1990, aged 33, he became a Professor of Law

Between 1997 and 1999 he was a Professor of Law and Head of Department of Public Law at UNILAG

He is presently the chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of Redeemer’s University (RUN)

Osinbajo has many publications to his name and is a member of several professional bodies including the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Nigerian Body of Benchers and the Council of Legal Education in Nigeria and Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

On March 31, 2015, Professor Osinbajo became the Vice-President Elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

French President phones President-elect Buhari, invites him to Paris 

French President Francois Hollande talked by telephone with President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday and welcomed him to Paris for dialogs on development of trade in the between  France and Nigeria.


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An announcement by the French Embassy in Abuja, said the French leader praised Buhari on his prosperity and noticed the large smooth constituent procedure, which hardens Nigeria’s democracy.


“The French head of state assured the President-elect of France’s wish to continue the close relationship that existed with his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan and reiterated France’s support for Nigeria and its neighbors in their efforts to combat the terrorist sect Boko Haram,” the announcement included.


Hollande likewise communicated his wish to grow trade between France and Nigeria and welcomed his Nigerian partner to Paris.

President Jonathan condemns attack on Kenyan university

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday sympathized with the administration and individuals of Kenya also the groups of the individuals who passed on in the terrorist assault on the Garissa University College in Kenya.
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In an announcement by his representative, Reuben Abati, the President denounced what he called conscious targeting of guiltless persons, schools and other easy targets by terrorists.  He said such savage demonstrations of viciousness should have no place in any edified society.

The statement added,


“The President assures President Uhuru Kenyatta and the brotherly people of Kenya that Nigeria stands in full solidarity with them as they come to grips once again with the aftermath of another heinous terrorist attack on their country.


“Nigeria, President Jonathan affirms, will continue to work with Kenya, other African countries and the international community to rid the world of all terrorist groups.


“The President believes that the attack on the Kenyan University and other similar atrocities across the world must strengthen and solidify the resolve of the global community to take more urgent and co-ordinated actions to speedily defeat the agents of global terror.”

Lamido, Suswam meet President Jonathan

More government authorities on Thursday trooped to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to express their solidarity with President Goodluck Jonathan, two days after he lost his re-election offer.


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The individuals who met the President in his office included clergymen, heads of government offices and Peoples Democratic Party boss.


Others are Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State; Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State and Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State.


While Akpabio and Suswam met the President in his office, Lamido met Jonathan inside his office residence at night.


The senator arrived when the President was breaking his fast with some pastors, who were driven by his Chaplain, Ven. Obioma Onwuzurumba.

Buhari’s victory the will of God – Tompolo

A previous Niger-Delta aggressor, Government Ekpemupolo, generally known as Tompolo, has portrayed the triumph of the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, as the will of God.
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Tompolo’s announcement comes under 24 hours after another ex-activist, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, said he and his partners may be compelled to come back to militancy taking after President Goodluck Jonathan’s defeat.


Tompolo, alongside other ex-activists, had additionally undermined to wreak devastation if Jonathan lost the race.


Be that as it may, Tompolo, in an announcement by his representative, Paul Bebenimibo, engaged Nigerians to acknowledge the result of the March 28 race for the purpose of peace.


 


He said,


“I believe that nothing can happen if God does not approve of it. I want to appeal to all our people to be orderly, calm and embrace peace. The will of the people is sacrosanct and the existing peace be maintained.


“Peace is a prerequisite for national development. People should remain calm also during the governorship election.”

Okupe breaks silence on Buhari’s victory, says PDP will return to power soon

Doyin Okupe, the senior exceptional associate on open issues to President Goodluck Jonathan, has praised President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, and his party, the All Progressives Congress, over their triumph in Saturday’s presidential race.


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In an announcement posted on his Facebook page, Mr. Okupe said Mr. Buhari’s triumph is the will of God. He likewise said his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, would come back to power soon.


See his statement bellow.


“It has pleased the Almighty God to give victory to General Muhammedu Buhari, the Presidential candidate of the APC and the President elect.


“We accept this as the Will of God and I personally congratulate the General for his success.


“We have ran a good race and fought a gallant battle.


“We are bowed but not cowed.


“We lost the crown but we gained a trophy.


“The PDP family must not despair;


“If it took General Buhari 30 years to come back to power, it should take us much less.


“For the opportunities we have had we give God All the Glory.


“To millions of our supporters we say thanks


“To those who are our adversaries, the battle has been fought, and it has been won & lost


“The strife is over for the next four years ONLY.


“We rejoice with APC and the people of Nigeria on the progress we have jointly made in our democratic journey.


“For our democracy to endure it is important that the winner clearly emerges while the loser concedes with equanimity.


“Certainly we will be back. We will overcome this defeat and rise again to power and glory


“In a twinkle of an eye.


“God bless Nigeria.”

Arianna Angel's backside is Bigger Than Nicki Minaj & Kim K Combined (Pics Inside)

The super curvy glamor model is currently turning on the heat on IG as she’s giving Nicki Minaj together with Kim Kardashian a run for their money.




See more pics bellow.




US Fighter Jets Send Message to China With ‘Emergency’ Landing in Taiwan

The arriving of two US bomber jets on Taiwan on Wednesday has chafed China’s Foreign Ministry.
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While the Pentagon says the planes endured mechanical inconvenience while flying a routine preparing activity, others see it as a political message, cautioning China to moderate its developing impact.


The Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 laid out strict guidelines for how the United States ought to manage the island. While Washington secretly considers Taiwan to be an autonomous country, China considers the island, just 140 miles from its shore, as its own region under the “one-China arrangement.”


China has affirmed army bases on an artificial island close to the debated Spratly islands, posturing yet another test for US abroad military, conciliatory and political impact.  While the US has promised backing to Taipei, if it be assaulted, any military contact between the two is intensely scowled upon by Beijing. Which is the reason Wednesday’s arriving of two F-18s at the Tainan air base is so upsetting — and unusual.


“We have already made solemn representations to the US side,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said in a news briefing. “China demands that the United States strictly abide by the “one-China policy”…and cautiously and appropriately handle the incident.”


For its part, the Pentagon insists that the incident was an emergency situation, not intended as an act of defiance.


“Two F-18C Hornets…made a precautionary landing this morning at an airfield in southwestern Taiwan,” Marine Corps spokesman, Maj. Paul L. Greenberg,said, according to the Washington Times. “The cause of the mechanical issue which led to the precautionary landing is currently being examined. As soon as the necessary maintenance is performed, both aircraft will soon depart Taiwan.”


But the timing makes the Pentagon’ version of events highly suspect. Earlier this week, Chinese bombers underwent the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s first exercises in the “west Pacific.” The flightpath took the H-6K bombers over the Bashi Channel, a waterway between Taiwan and the Philippines.



“The ‘emergency’ landing for two F/A-18 fighters at an air base in Taiwan, while perhaps unintended, does give China a significant signal of US resolve,” military analyst Rick Fisher told the Washington Times, “two days after China used its new H-6K nuclear cruise missile bomber in exercises intended to signal a threat to US forces in Guam.”


Especially given that the fighters could have just as easily landed at the Japanese airfield on Shimoji island, only 120 miles east.


The landings also seem timely given the recent rise in aggressive American rhetoric against the Chinese government. On Tuesday, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet warned an Australian naval conference audience about China’s construction of a “great wall of sand,” in reference to the artificial islands being built in the Spratly chain.



“When one looks at China’s pattern of provocative actions towards smaller claimant states…It’s no surprise that the scope and pace of building man-made islands raises serious questions about Chinese intentions,” Admiral Harry Harris Jr. said.


These allegations of Chinese aggression in the South China Sea appear to be causing a rise in American hostility. In March, the US Senate demanded that the Pentagon develop a strategy to counter the rise of Chinese influence in the region.


Wednesday’s incident isn’t even the first example of an aggressive US air presence in recent months. In February, the US moved its most advanced spy plane, the Poseidon P-8A, into the Philippines to monitor the region

Pentagon Chief: We Might Bomb Iran Even if Nuclear Deal Reached.

As the P5+1 nuclear negotiations – ostensibly seeking to ensure a peaceful future for the Middle East – conclude, they were prefaced by a surprising announcement.
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On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that even if a deal was reached, the US reserves the right to bomb Iran.


 A framework deal has been agreed upon by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, and the other participating nations. But on Tuesday, when the outcome was far less certain, Defense Secretary Carter assured the public that no agreement would entirely eliminate a more aggressive alternative.


“The military option certainly will remain on the table,” Carter said on NBC’s Today program. “One of my jobs is to make sure all options are on the table.”



Military intervention would be necessary if Iran decided to break the deal, which sought to limit the number of uranium-enriching centrifuges Tehran would be allowed to operate. If it was discovered that the Islamic Republic was operating more centrifuges than agreed upon, and using that excess uranium to develop nuclear weapons, then an attack on those enrichment facilities could, theoretically, be an option.


He also stated that any agreement “can’t be based on trust, it has to be based on verification,” and that it must be “one that keeps us and the region safe. If it’s a good agreement to have, obviously it’s one worth waiting for.”


The new framework deal agreed upon by negotiators states that Tehran will be allowed to operate a single enrichment facility in Natanz, and in exchange, all nuclear-related sanctions against the nation will be lifted.


During his appearance, the Defense Secretary also took time to address other parts of what he called the “confusing, crazy-quilt region” of the Middle East. In reference to the chaos in Yemen, Carter said the United States would continue its counterterrorism operations, no matter the outcome of the Iranian negotiations.


Carters comments came just after Arizona Senator John McCain suggested that Israel “go rogue” and resist any deal that the negotiations might come to.


“The Israelis will need to chart their own path of resistance. On the Iranian nuclear deal, they may have to go rogue” McCain said on the Senate floor. “Let’s hope their warnings have not been mere bluffs.”


McCain’s words may encourage a nation already bitterly opposed to the negotiations. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been very vocal about his distrust of Iran’s intentions.


“This dangerous deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that,” Netanyahu said during a speech on Sunday, as the original March 31 deadline for a framework deal approached.


After meeting with Netanyahu on Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner announced they would put forth a bill which would require President Obama to get the approval of Congress before any deal is officiated.


'Historic Deal' With Iran finallly reached- Obama

US President Barack Obama said Thursday following a decision of the P5+1 and Iran on the framework of the future nuclear agreement after many months of talks that a “historic deal” had been reached with Tehran.


US President Barack Obama said that if the Iranian nuclear deal was implemented, it would prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.



“Iran will never be permitted to develop a nuclear weapon,” Obama said.




Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) delivers a statement, flanked by European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne on April 2, 2015 .



The long-awaited interim solution on Iran’s nuclear program was reached earlier on Thursday at the latest round of talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne. The US president said that the reached deal was an opportunity for Iran to prove that its nuclear program was peaceful. Obama said that sanctions could be re-imposed if the nuclear agreement was violated adding that the reached nuclear agreement was based on unprecedented verification, not on trust.  “If Iran shifts, we will know it. If we suspect anything, we will inspect it,” US President Obama said.  He added that other US sanctions against Iran that were not related to its nuclear program would remain.




“The international community has agreed to provide Iran relief from certain sanctions, our own sanctions and international sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council,” Obama stated.  The deadline for a comprehensive agreement has been set for July 1, 2015.


The US president, however, emphasized that the final agreement had not been signed yet.


Obama said that the reached agreement on Iranian nuclear program had prevented a new war in the Middle East adding that the approach of Washington and Tel Aviv on the the Islamic Republic’s nuclear issue differ.


“If… Netanyahu is looking for the most effective way to ensure Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon, this is the best option,” he said.





“I will be speaking with Prime Minister [Netanyahu] today to make clear that there is no daylight, there will be no daylight when it comes to our support for Israel security, and our concerns about Iran’s destabilizing policies and threats towards Israel,” Obama said.


The agreement has “made the world safer,” he said.


The president quoted John Fitzgerald Kennedy saying that “must never fear to negotiate.”


The P5+1 group comprising Russia, the United States, France, China, the United Kingdom and Germany have been trying to reach a deal with Iran that would ensure the peaceful nature of Tehran’s nuclear energy program since 2013.

Source: Sputnik

Venezuela Plans to Buy More Russian Weapons

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro plans to buy more weapons produced in Russia and China, saying the nation should step up its defense against foreign threats.
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“We are a people of peace; we want neither violence nor war,” Maduro said, adding that the army, police and the people of Venezuela have to stay alert.


Venezuela is the largest weapons importer in Latin America, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Since 2011, the country spent some $2.6 on weapons, buying the majority of them in Russia.


Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, speaks during the annual state-of-the-nation address at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015


In the period from 2012 to 2015 Venezuela is expected to become the second-largest importer of Russian weapons, with sales reaching up to $3.2 billion, Igor Korotchenko, head of the Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade, told RIA Novosti.


Venezuela and Russia’s state-run arms trader Rosobornexport signed more than 30 contracts on arms supplies in 2005-2009. Venezuela received Russian air defense systems (Antey-2500, Pechora-2M, Buk and Igla) as well as T-72M tanks, Grad and Smerch multiple rocket launcher systems, armored vehicles and artillery.

Russia Slams NATO Military Buildup in Europe as 'Unprecedentedly Dangerous'

The Russian Foreign Ministry declared that NATO’s augmentation is an unprecedented violation of all agreements, including the Russia-NATO Founding Act.


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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — NATO military buildup in Eastern Europe is an unprecedentedly dangerous move, which violates all existing agreements, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.


“NATO buildup on the Eastern flank, or in the so-called ‘front-line countries,’ is an unprecedentedly dangerous step that violates all agreements, including the Russia-NATO Founding Act, which is still in force,” the ministry’s spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said at a news briefing.


The Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation was signed in Paris, France, in May 1997.


Lukashevich’s words came after the announcement that NATO will deploy forces in Romania.


“If the Romanian government considers it acceptable to increase the presence of NATO groups on its land, as well as by creating such a powerful ‘armed fist,’ they just have to be aware of the responsibility and the consequences of such move,” Lukashevich said.

On Wednesday, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said that the bloc was undergoing its largest troop increase since the Cold War ended.


In February, NATO said that its Response Force, stationed close to Russia in Eastern Europe, will more than double to include 30,000 military personnel.


The nearly year-long conflict in southeast Ukraine has served as a justification for NATO expansion in Eastern Europe. The military bloc, along with its political and economic counterparts, claims Moscow is involved in the ongoing fighting.


Russia has expressed concern over NATO expansion in the East, and over the buildup of NATO forces along its borders amid the Ukrainian conflict.

Dozens of Foreign Troops Disembark at Yemeni Aden Port - Reports

Dozens of foreign troops reportedly disembarked at the Yemeni Aden port hours after Houthi rebels advanced into the southern Yemeni city.



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Earlier Saudi-led coalition which has been trying to stop Houthi advances said it controls the waters around Aden.



“The number of troopers who landed in the Yemeni Aden port is unknown, but we are talking about dozens. They were covered by several airplanes. They disembarked from Saudi and Egyptian ships,” Ahmad Al-Shami, a member of Ansar Allah movement, told Sputnik. “If it is preparation for the ground operation, we would meet them with fire,” he added. Member of the Houthi political council Daifullah Shami also confirmed to Sputnik that the foreign soldiers had disembarked from Saudi and Egyptian vessels. As the fighting in the city of Aden continues, conflicting media reports are emerging with officials loyal to Hadi denying the information that foreign ground troops had disembarked at the port. houthni “All ships carrying humanitarian aid forbidden to approach the coast of Yemen, the airspace is also closed,” he noted. A member of Ansar Allah suggested two explanations why the foreign troops disembarked in Aden. “The first one, the most welcome for us, is that soldiers landed to protect and to evacuate their citizens from Aden. The second one is that they are really preparing for a ground operaion, but we are ready to repel any attack,” Ahmad Al-Shami said. yemm The Houthis control almost everything in Aden except for oil refineries and road junction that are controlled by the Yemeni government forces, he said. Earlier Thursday fightings between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to President Hadi have intensified in the Yemeni Aden port. Bodies were lying in the street, according to eyewitnesses. Meanwhile, at least 44 people were killed, including 18 civilians, as fierce fighting continues in the area.





Last week, an international coalition headed by Saudi Arabia launched a military operation against Houthi positions in Yemen following a request for military support from Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.


The Houthis have recently taken control of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, forcing the elected president to flee the country, and making rapid advances into other cities.


Foreign countries and international organizations, including the United Nations, have been evacuating their citizens and staff from Yemen amid the intensified conflict.


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A young lady that drove this ₦ 79million Lamborghini Aventador on Awolowo Road got everyone talking !

Some twitter users spotted a beautiful babe driving Lamborghini Aventador, one of the most expensive cars in the world.


Money dey najia o, only if u know your way and know the right people, This car is worth over $400,000 dont even try to convert that to naira,  See another pic bellow.

Baby Born Without Nose [Photos]

Take a deep breathe, this baby was born without a nose.‘


The rest of him is so cute, sometimes you don’t realize he doesn’t have a nose,’ says mother Brandi McGlathery.Her baby, Eli, was born with an extremely rare condition called complete congenital arhinia.There are thought to be just 37 babies in the world with the condition, and the odds against it are 197 million to one.Father Troy Thompson had joked before the baby was born, ‘I hope he doesn’t get my nose,’ according to local news site


When the baby was born on March 4 in South Baldwin Hospital, Alabama, US, mother Brandi says, ‘I pulled back and said, ‘Something’s wrong!’ And the doctor said, ‘No, he’s perfectly fine.’ Then I shouted, ‘He doesn’t have a nose!’”’ Eli does not have an olfactory cavity and cannot smell. He had a tracheotomy to help him breathe, and thus doesn’t cry, either. Brandi has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Eli – who may eventually have surgery to build him a nose, and faces frequent doctor’s visits and hospital appointment. Doctors may have to wait until after puberty, as his palate also didn’t form all the way, and his ‘brain is lower.’

25 die lost their lives, others injured while celebrating Buhari’s victory

At least 25 people lost their lives while several others sustained injuries in the ‘wild’ celebration which greeted the victory of the President Elect Gen Muhammadu Buhari in last Saturday’s election.


According to reports, 4 of the victims died in Kano, 17 in Abuja, one in Benue while three died in Kontagora, Niger state. Many of the victims in Kano were crushed to death as car owners staged a car racing competition after Buhari’s victory was announced. One of the victims, a staff of Etisalat was crushed to death along the Uku end of Zaria road in Kano.


Many of the victims died on the spot while others died at the Mallam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano where they were rushed to for treatment. In Makurdi, most of the youths besieged the road in Wadata and North Bank area where they engaged in acrobatic displays with their motorcycles. One of them died in the process while two sustained injuries.

President Goodluck Jonathan is not the True Hero Of Nigerian Democracy!

The revisionist historians of Nigeria have attempted since Tuesday of this week to rewrite the true account of the recent history of the Nigerian democracy since General Muhammadu Buhari won the presidential election by calling the outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, the true hero of the Nigerian democracy.
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President Goodluck Jonathan is not, will not, cannot and will never be the real hero of the Nigerian democracy for the following reasons. Firstly, the Ekitigate scandal that was directly engineered and supported with the federal might from the Aso Rock villa was an electoral fraud by this federal government of Nigeria against the constitutional rights of the voters of Ekiti State of Nigeria. This development cannot make Goodluck Jonathan, the hero of our democracy in Nigeria.Secondly, the invasion of the All Progressives Congress (APC) office in Lagos by the federal government through the DSS violated the constitution of Nigeria. Thirdly, the bribing of the Yoruba Obas, Afenifere elders and Gani Adams of the militant OPC with the Nigerian tax payers money and contract by this President cannot be a democratic practice in all reality.



Fourthly, the use of the Nigerian military to intimidate opposition politicians across Nigeria during presidential campaigns and in Imo and Rivers States of Nigeria in violation of the recent court order that banned the use of the Nigerian military to conduct the elections in Nigeria was an anti-democratic act in all ramifications and the violation of the rule of law. The highly divisive utterances that came out of the mouths of Mama Peace, Asari Dokubo and many supporters of this President that were allowed to go on unchecked by this President can never make him the real hero of the Nigerian democracy, Fifthly, the use of the military and security agents to rig the presidential election in the South-South and South-East regions of Nigeria by preventing the APC supporters from voting and by manipulating the votes to reflect 100% voting turnout and pattern for this President will never be make him the true hero of democracy in Nigeria today, tomorrow and in the future.


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Meet the The 6 Wise Men Who Made BUHARI’s Victory Possible

The brains behind Muhammadu Buhari’s triumph is underlined by the way that this will be the first in the historical backdrop of Nigeria’s discretionary procedure when an officeholder president is crushed.
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It was no little deed that was accomplished by a portion of the nation’s most noticeable political figures. Dapo Akinrefon revealed.


1. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu ( The Jagaban)

The former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is considered a master political strategist who guided Buhari’s aspiration to a success at the party’s national convention last year.

Tinubu was able to ensure that not only did Buhari get the block vote of the Southwest, but also ensured that many states outside the region that did not have governors in the contest supported Buhari.

After the nomination convention, Tinubu together with likeminded party members was able to weave a formidable campaign machine that put Buhari to victory. Reflective of Tinubu’s imprint in the victory was the fact that Buhari in his last three runs never made an impression in the Southwest, a region he swept last weekend with victories in five of the six states.

Despite the lures and lashes from the opposition, Tinubu stood firm in an unwavering support for Buhari that proved crucial in achieving victory.


2. Governor Chibuke Amaechi

Governor Amaechi ably steered the Buhari campaign in such a way that brought the old candidate into reckoning in ways he never had been before. The governor’s input was there in the transformation of the general in his dressing and approach to campaign.

The governor was in direct control of strategy and deployment of personnel at the campaign headquarters. He was also believed to be involved in the indirect talks with some major political players who helped to ensure the victory of the general at both the nomination convention and the general election.


3. Senator Bukola Saraki

Senator Bukola Saraki who served as governor of Kwara State before going to the Senate was also instrumental to the victory. His deployment of political and other resources not only helped in the general’s sweep of Kwara State, but also in forming bonds with other major political players in the country.


4. President Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is perceived another influential personality to Buhari’s ascendancy to Aso Rock. President Obasanjo’s behind the door counsel and patronage of Team Buhari was an open secret. He demonstrated so even in the days before the election was postponed last February when he went on an international circuit to launch his recently released book, My Watch.

He also met with market leaders in his Abeokuta office where he gave them counsel on how to vote.

However, the most strategic role President Obasanjo may have played is believed to have been in bringing international focus on Nigeria in such a way that put the defeated president in a cul de sac on allowing his subordinates to manipulate the results.


5. Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar may not have been seen regularly on the podium pushing for Buhari, but he was a main backer in terms of resources. Once he lost the ticket to Buhari, Atiku pushed his structure including his savvy media team headed by Mallam Garba Shehu to Buhari’s use.

The team proved to be a torn in the flesh of Candidate Goodluck Jonathan.


6. APC GOVERNORS

All the APC governors without exception backed the general. Though two of them, Al Makura in Nasarawa and Adams Oshiomhole in Edo were not able to deliver their states to Buhari, but the efforts they made was undeniable. Oshiomhole was especially a thorn in the flesh of Camp Jonathan in the last few days.

Hazardous gadget Explodes Near Bank in Kiev,Ukraine.


A hazardous gadget went off close to a bank, found on the Borshagovskaya road in Kiev, Ukraine. Nobody was harmed in the impact, which caused minor harm to the building.
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Explosives specialists gathered pieces of obscure things at the scene. The samples were sent to a lab for testing, Chief Directorate of Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kiev said in a press discharge.


An investigation concerning the occurrence is in progress.

 

 


 



President Jonathan saved Nigeria from political chaos – PFN

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The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has described President Goodluck Jonathan’s concession of defeat in the March 28 Presidential election as a move which “saved the nation from political chaos and violence.”


The President ‎of PFN, Reverend Dr. Felix Omobude, commended the president for enabling a peaceful election, adding that his action was a true demonstration of sportsmanship in the interest of the country.


Omobude, in a statement on Thursday, ‎also congratulated the President-elect, Major-General Mohammadu Buhari on his victory in the presidential poll.


‎He said, “The PFN shares in your aspiration to move Nigeria forward and hope that with the support of Nigerians, we can together build a strong, virile and united nation where no one is oppressed.

“We commend President Jonathan for his courage and spirit of sportsmanship in accepting the outcome of the elections. This has saved the nation from political chaos and violence.


“The PFN call on all Nigerians to continue to maintain peace and order and engage in things that will unite us and strengthen our democratic values.”

List: Behold The Real Men Of God & The False Prophets In Nigeria

Nigeria is honored with incredible men of God who are valid to their calling and show magnificent knowledge. However in every twelve there must be a Judas.
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A great deal of untruths has been utilized to stigmatize the most high God. This is the thing that happens when mortal men case to hear God when in all actuality, They fantasize and lie aimlessly for the sake of God.


The following is a rundown of prophetic articulations by men of God who guaranteed that God identifies with them concerning the presidential races in Nigeria.


The rundown is in not specific request


 


Pastor Enoch Adeboye


As the General Overseer of the Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye is perhaps, the most influential clergyman in Nigeria. I can confirm that he is a true and wise man of God. His 2015 New Year Day statement on the election was very guarded.


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“Unfortunately, because it is election year, I can’t tell you all that God told me about Nigeria. But I will tell you this: by the end of the year, many will say ‘all is well that ends well.’”




Apostle Johnson Suleman


He is the founder of Auchi, Delta State-based Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide. Apostle John Suleiman is one of the most respected Prophets in Nigeria and he had so much to say about the election in his yearly prophecies released at the beginning of the year.


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*I see president Goodluck Jonathan coming back but troubles.


*El Rufai should go and sit down. For abusing Jesus, he will not win Kaduna election.


*Aminu Tambuwal, I saw him leading Sokoto State.


*2015 presidential election will be rigged, marred in violence and end up in court case.


*Thank you Jesus! Finally a Christian is now the governor of Lagos state.


*Rochas Okorocha; I saw him moving to PDP.


*Contrary to most prophecies, Nigeria will not break up.


*I saw governor Amosun return.


*APC Rivers State needs to do grass root campaign because I saw the election been rigged for PDP. Prayers are needed because of so much bloodshed.


*I saw a man win Governorship but not allowed to govern.


*I saw attention in Delta state moved to Agbor.


*I saw people who resigned as ministers to contest election return back as Federal ministers.


*Let’s pray against military intervention and interim government.


*President election inconclusive, yet Jonathan declared winner. APC Pray!


*I don’t see Buhari with credentials to vie for president.


*With the level of bloodshed I saw, it was better Goodluck goes now to his village quietly.


*2015 election is another June 12. The man who truly won will not govern or rule.


*Prophet T.B Joshua


His Ikotun-Egbe Lagos is Mecca for Christian pilgrims from across West Africa and beyond. Prophet T.B Joshua is perhaps the most popular Prophet in Nigeria and he revealed his mind in a recent interview.


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“Elections will not happen in some states because of the frequent attacks. This could affect between three to four states. The states would be a no-go area due to violence and elections would not take place in those states unless we move closer to God. We must intensify our prayers. This is what God has showed me and you can imagine what would happen if elections don’t hold in those states. It would have great implication for our democracy.




*Prophet Joshua Iginla


The General Overseer of Champions Royal Assembly, Prophet Joshua Iginla, is one of the most popular men of God in Abuja. He describes the election as a ‘battle between the lion and the tiger.”


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“No matter how powerful or well-organized 2015 election is, it will be faulted. I am not a politician nor belong to any political party, I am just speaking God’s mind. The person sitting on the seat might not be perfect, but he will retain the seat. It’s not guess-work. Howbeit, it will be a battle between the lion and the tiger…Shortly after the election, especially on the night of the election, there will be great vandalisation. I see cars being burnt, lives killed.”


*Primate Peter Ayodele


Primate Ayodele is known for his widely-controversial prophecies. The popular founder of Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church went as far as recommending a 14 days prayer for President Goodluck Jonathan to have a ‘peaceful elections.’


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“This year’s election will throw up a lot of issues. President Goodluck Jonathan will do everything to win a second term, however, he needs 14 days prayer to have a peaceful reign to enable him complete a second term. Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega will be confused during the polls. There will be several gimmicks to cajole the INEC to rig the election. E-voting will not work. There will be ballot box snatching and stuffing during the election.”


*Bishop David Oyedepo


Speaking in a sermon, Bishop David Oyedepo was alleged to have said that the gate of hell will be opened on those who vote the incumbent president (President Jonathan) out in the forthcoming 2015 presidential elections.


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“We will open the gate of hell on those who oppose you (President Jonathan). There shall be a rise of many giants – giants in all sectors of human endeavor; Men like nations will rise in the year 2015; Men that will command attention of many nations shall arise in 2015 and God has brought us into the realm of heaven on earth, where men will live like angels.” ”


*Dr D.K Olukoya


Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, General Overseer Dr D.K Olukoya, it’s going to be a mysterious year.


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“I will speak in parables. This year is going to be a mysterious, cautious and dribbling year, so, you will have to find the solutions instead of diagnosing the problems carried by the year.”




*Pastor Tunde Bakare


So far, only Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly seems to have given hope about the election year.


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“Whether you are from the East or from the West or from the North or the South, you will experience joy in 2015. Other nations will say ‘how did they do it.’ It will be indescribable joy. The nations of the earth will testify. I bring good tidings of joy to every part of the nation…”




* Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka


A Catholic priest and founder of the Adoration Ministry in Enugu, Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka during his New Year prophecy declared that President Jonathan will lose the election. He claimed that the


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“President has become a bad luck., The multitude of our youths, the quality young men, quality young women, brilliants youths but nobody has plans for any of you. Our so-called leaders should come and apologize. In 2015, it shall not continue like that. By the grace of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are announcing spiritually, change! 2015 should not be a year of any hooligan maneuvering to hijack power. This is our New Year message.  Listen, when you go home, tell anybody you see that from the oracle of the Holy Spirit, we are announcing change

The Goodluck met Yar’Adua and Yar’Adua died. Before you know it, the Goodluck met our oil and the oil had a bad luck and poured away, before we knew it, the Goodluck met our naira, our naira had a bad luck. Where are we going? What is the fate of this country? Shall we continue like this, we need change”


* Primate Theophilus Olabayo


Primate Theophilus Olabayo, is the pastor and founder of the Evangelical Church of Yahweh, Lagos and he prophesied saying


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“God told me that they are going to rig the election and this will cause an upheaval and the results of the election will not be declared and if the result is declared, the winners of the election will not govern. But my advice to our politicians is that they should let the President Jonathan go peacefully and retired to his village.”




* Prophet Anthony Nwoko


As if the mockery of priesthood wasnt yet enough, Prophet Anthony Nwoko, A popular Enugu based prophet who had also in 1998 prophesied that late Gen. Sani Abacha, would leave government of Nigeria in a mysterious way, briefed journalists in Enugu on the state of the nation, stating that neither Jonathan nor Buhari will win.


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“Neither Jonathan nor Buhari will be president after the election. I told Nigerians that they should not expect much or any miracle from Jonathan. Now, in this coming election, Jonathan will only serve as John the Baptist and Buhari has not got any heavenly crown to rule and he will not rule this country because he hasn’t got that crown.


“Don’t take my prophesies for granted because  I had also told Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar(rtd) not to make Olusegun Obasanjo president and I had also warned Obasanjo not to make late Umaru Yar’Adua president and my advice was not heeded and you saw what happened,  I can see the glory of Nigeria in the Southeast, An igbo president and I don’t agree with Wole Soyinka that Jonathan is Nebucadnezar, Jonathan is a forerunner to the glory of God.”


*Prophet Williams Onuoha,


The General Overseer of Galilee Christian Centre, Lagos predicted thus:


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“the current governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, would become Nigeria’s president.” He will rule unless the governor failed to adhere to God’s direction.


*Bishop Tom Samson


The founder of the Christ Royal Family Church, Lagos Bishop Tom Samson warned


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Nigerians must brace up for some “hardship and darkness in this year election.”


*Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo


Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre, KICC, said,


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When the president’s name is announced as winner of the election, 20 percent of a certain part of the country will not agree. Eventually, after negotiation they will. We will agree that we are one.”


*Prophet Michael Olubode


Not done, Prophet Michael Olubode, aka Micadeolu of the Celestial Church of Christ, Lagos said,


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I want to let the people of Nigeria know that the Lord will return His Excellency, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to his presidential seat. Despite much hatred for him, it pleases the Lord God of Celestial to increase his tenure at the Presidential Villa”.


*Venerable Ndubuisi Obi


Venerable Ndubuisi Obi an Anglican priest based at Onitsha in Anambra state said:


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Jonathan had never lost any election in his life. Buhari had never won any election in his life. Jonathan’s rise to the Presidency was not his making. It was simply an act of God. Buhari forced himself into power via the military coup. He has failed in four previous attempts. The last time he failed, he wept. This time will not be different. He is accustomed to failing and failure is his second name. Come Saturday, bring out your PVC and make him cry again. We are moving forward in this country. We can’t afford to put our vehicle on the reverse gear.


Dear readers, I am not here to judge but to provide a yard stick with which we can measure the veracity and authenticity of certain prophetic uttrances from the men standing behind the pulpit.


Who amongst these holy men do you think is a true man of God who hears from the almighty?

Police nab 65-year-old man for defiling girl, eight

The Police in Edo State have arrested a 65-year-old man for allegedly defiling a eight-year-old girl at Iyaro, Egor Local Government Area of the state.



The suspect, identified as Christopher Olowoeheri, was said to have lured his victim behind the park of a private transport company in Benin, where he had carnal knowledge of her on March 10, an allegation Olowoeheri denied.


He said, “I only carried her on my lap and called her my wife. I have carried her before. But she told her mother that I defiled her.”


‎But the Police Commissioner, Mr. Samuel Adegbuyi, who paraded the suspect at the state police headquartres ‎in Benin, said ‎the suspect, who was arrested following a report at the family unit of the command, had “made useful statement to the police.”


‎”On March 10, a case of defilement was reported at family unit against one Christopher Olowoeri aged 60 years old, who had carnal knowledge of an 8-year-old girl behind Goddy Edosa Motor Park at Iyaro, Benin City.


“The suspect has been arrested and he had made useful statement to the police. Meanwhile the case is still under investigation.”


Meanwhile, the state command has said no fewer than eight persons were arrested for various electoral offences during last Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections held in the state.


Adegbuyi, however, explained that the Independent National Electoral Commission had the “sole responsibility” to prosecute them, at the conclusion of investigation.



“As of now, we are having about eight suspects arrested in connection with electoral offences. Investigations are ongoing.


“At the end of our investigation, the relevant case files will be forwarded through the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5,‎ for further necessary actions,” he added.


Rivers lifts curfew, calls for peaceful coexistence

The Rivers State Government on Thursday lifted the curfew it had imposed on the state after last Saturday’s Presidential election.


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The announcement which was made in a statement signed by the secretary to the administration, George Feyii, said the directive was with immediate effect.


“The general public is hereby informed that the dusk-to-dawn curfew declared by the state government earlier in the week has been lifted with immediate effect. “Consequently, residents in the state are free to go about their lawful duties and continue to keep peace at all times,” Feyii said in the statement.


Panic and anxiety greeted most parts of Port Harcourt, the capital, earlier on Monday, March 30, 2015, when the curfew was first imposed by the government. Motorists and many of the state’s residents who got the announcement late, hurried to their destinations for fear of being punished by law enforcement agents.


The curfew, while still effective, lasted between 7:00pm and 6:00am. Rivers was among states across the country which witnessed violence and destruction of lives and properties during last weekend’s crucial polls and the immediate imposition of the curfew by the government is believed to have curbed the further spread of disorderliness.

CrossTalk: The Yemen Template (great show!)

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Peter Lavelle, Marcus Papadopoulos, Mark Sleboda, and Eric Draitser do a fantastic job taking apart the absolutely insane and incompetant US policies in the Middle East in general and in Yemen in particular.  A great show – enjoy it!

Historic Moment: Audio of President Jonathan calling to congratulate Buhari (listen)

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Check out the valiant defenders of the “axis of kindness”

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Nigerian to die in Indonesia for drug trafficking

Local media report on Thursday in Jakarta, said another Nigerian, Simon Ezeaputa, has been sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking.
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It said the district court in Tangerang, near Jakarta, on Wednesday found Ezeaputa guilty of controlling a drug transaction from his prison cell, where he was serving a 20-year jail term for drug offences.  The report said the transaction involved 350 grams of crystal methamphetamine.


With the latest development, more than 60 people are on death row in Indonesia for drug offences. The report said Indonesia executed six drug convicts in January and was preparing to put to death another 10 death-row inmates.  It said these include two Australians who have been the subject of a diplomatic row between Jakarta and Canberra.


Meanwhile, the Amnesty International said in its annual report on the death penalty worldwide released on Wednesday that “Indonesia stood out for all the wrong reasons.”


Papang Hidayat, Head, Amnesty Researcher, Indonesia, said the death penalty was always a human rights violation. He said there were many issues in Indonesia, in particular fair trial concerns, that make death sentences more complicated.  Hidayat said investigations by human rights groups have found that individuals sentenced to death have been tortured and forced to sign police investigation reports.

APC congratulates Buhari, commends President Jonathan, Nigerians

The All Progressives Congress has congratulated Gen. Muhammadu Buhari for his historic victory in Saturday’s Presidential election, while thanking Nigerians for voting massively for the party to bring in a new dawn after a long dark night.


In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said Gen. Buhari’s victory will make Nigeria work again, rekindle hope and bring succour to the long suffering people of the country.


”Nigerians have used their votes to bring change. We hear their message loud and clear: They want a government that works, and will not hesitate to use the same votes to kick out any government that fails to deliver,” it said. APC also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the rare sportsmanship he exhibited by conceding defeat and congratulating Gen. Buhari, even before INEC formally declared him as the winner. The party said by that singular act, which went a long way in dousing post-election tension, the President has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, written his name in gold in the annals of Nigeria’s history and catapulted himself to a statesman.


APC said it is time for all Nigerians, irrespective of their political leaning, to put the acrimonious electioneering campaign behind them and to forge a united front to tackle the enormous challenges facing the nation. ”The APC-led Federal Government will work for all Nigerians, whether or not they voted for us in the elections, or did not even vote at all,” the party assured. ”Our party will not discriminate against any Nigerian on the basis of religion, region, ethnicity or gender. We are all God’s own people.” APC said it will also appreciate a virile opposition, because it is indispensable in any democracy that is worthy of that nomenclature. ”


Having been in opposition ourselves, we know what it means to keep the government of the day on its toes with very robust and constructive criticism, and we expect no less from those who have swapped places with us,” the party said.


It commended the media for staying true to its constitutional watchdog role, saying without the support of this Fourth Estate of the Realm, Nigeria may neither have enjoyed democracy nor sustained it. APC thanked ECOWAS, the African Union, the EU, the UN and the entire international community for their support for the country’s democratisation process, describing as invaluable their role in the success of the ongoing political transition.

Ex- late Yar'Adua's spokesman berates OBJ, lauds President Jonathan for putting Nigeria 1st.


In his article titled ‘In Losing Power, Goodluck Jonathan Finally Finds Himself’, chairman of the publication board, Thisday Newspapers & previous Special Adviser on Communications to late President Yar’Adua, Segun Adeniyi subbed OBj and lauded Jonathan for putting Nigeria first.

He wrote;


“The fact most people ignore is that given the objection of his party to the use of the card reader, if the president had stormed out of the polling unit at Otuoke when three card readers failed him, that probably would have been the end of the election. And by now, Nigeria would be on the boil. Fortunately for all of us, Jonathan chose not to travel that familiar road often trudged by African leaders and history will forever be kind to him for it.” Read the full article after the cut…



Goodbye Ebele Jonathan – by Segun Adeniyi as published on Thisday


It remains for me the most memorable moment in the movie. The captain was informing the ship owner (who had bought into the lie that no force on earth or in heaven could sink the Titanic) that the ship had hit an iceberg. “From this moment, no matter what we do, the Titanic will founder,” he said. Having put so much faith in his own propaganda, the ship owner retorted: “But this ship cannot sink.” Without missing a beat, the captain responded: “She is made of iron, Sir. I assure you she can. And she will. It is a mathematical certainty.”


Because those who survive on rent in our country are adept at marketing their greed, they always succeed in selling to whoever occupies the number one office in Nigeria at any period that he is not only above the law, he is so powerful that he can never be defeated in an election. But with the current defeat of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), it is now very clear that the president of Nigeria is human, afterall and he can be ousted by the same people whose votes put him in power. That message has been most eloquently passed and our country will never remain the same again. It is a new day!

For sure, the president of Nigeria has enormous financial resources he can mobilise at any given time while the security agencies and critical institutions of state work at his pleasure regardless of what is written in the Constitution. And he is forever surrounded by clowns and jobbers of all sorts—I was privileged to have seen many of them at work in the Villa—who sing the mantra that, as “President and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”—a title that is so needlessly repeated for his pleasure almost as if it is a line in the national anthem—he has such unlimited power that he can even turn a man into a woman. Now we know better.



Having never bought into the scam that a president of Nigeria cannot be defeated, I have since about four months ago been telling some people very close to President Jonathan that he was electorally vulnerable. But they never took me serious. In my personal encounter with the president in his office on July 23 last year (he sent for me), I particularly explained to him that he was increasingly being perceived as “anti-North” and that it could hurt him at the general election. I recall the president interjected by saying “but Segun, you know me…” to which I replied that it was not my view but a perception challenge he should deal with. If he made efforts in that direction, they were either too little or too late, going by the results of the presidential election across the entire Northern zone where Buhari won outright in 16 out of 19 States. Details of that private encounter I had with the president will come in my coming book on the 2015 general elections in Nigeria that should be out before the end of the year.


Needless to say, I am not one of the people surprised by the outcome of the presidential election. In the fourth instalment of my 2015 election series, “A Time to Choose”, on 29 January this year, I wrote: “as the incumbent, Jonathan will run on his record which unfortunately would include not only his performance in office (which is not as bad as being projected) but also mismanaged relationships that may have been more costly in terms of the eroded support base. We may never know how much political damage the president inflicted on himself by his failed bid to install a Speaker for the House of Representatives in June 2011 and the refusal to accept defeat gracefully thereafter; the futile attempt to oust Rotimi Amaechi as the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) Chairman and how that eventually led to the split within the ruling party; the ill-feelings from aggrieved party members who lost out at the recent PDP primaries; the unfortunate Chibok ‘Waka-Come’ theatrics at the Villa by the president’s wife that went viral internationally; the saga of the ‘unaccounted for billions of Dollars’ in oil receipts that is yet to be conclusively resolved and the accompanying drama with Sanusi Lamido Sanusi that played out from the CBN Governorship office in Abuja to the Emir’s palace in Kano; the presidential redefinition of corruption as being different from–and perhaps more tolerable than—stealing; the evident contradictions inherent in the fact that those who once ran a vicious media campaign against Jonathan, baptizing him with the moniker, ‘clueless president’ are now the ones speaking for him etc. The thing about elections is that choices are usually made by most voters on the basis of sentiments (and emotions) such as the foregoing and that is why the incumbent is often disadvantaged, especially when the public mood is as fouled as it is in Nigeria today…”

I wrote that three months ago and I have been proved to be correct. However, despite the bitterness that characterised the 2015 presidential election campaigns, President Jonathan redeemed himself when it mattered most not only by the way he gracefully accepted defeat and congratulated Buhari even before the collation of results was concluded on Tuesday but also by the manner in which he rose to the occasion last Saturday.



Despite the discomfort of having to stand in the heat, Jonathan comported himself very well as the president, not a partisan, as we all watched on national television how three card readers failed to read his biometrics and accredit him for voting at his home town, Otueke, Bayelsa State. At a time television camera could project very clearly that his wife was already boiling with anger, the president said he was prepared to wait for as long as it would take for it to work before he was eventually accredited manually. Calm in disposition and measured in his utterances, Jonathan refused to be goaded by the reporters who were asking him leading questions about the use of card reader, knowing where he stood on the issue. “President Jonathan is just one person, so if we have problem with one person, as far as the election is going on well nationally, I am not worried. There might be a delay, my interest is that we conduct a credible election,” he said.


At the end, even if he lost the election, President Jonathan has turned out to be a man of his word. The fact most people ignore is that given the objection of his party to the use of the card reader, if the president had stormed out of the polling unit at Otuoke when three card readers failed him, that probably would have been the end of the election. And by now, Nigeria would be on the boil. Fortunately for all of us, Jonathan chose not to travel that familiar road often trudged by African leaders and history will forever be kind to him for it.

That Nigerians are today proud of Jonathan is not in doubt and it is a shame that it would take a defeat for him to approximate to the president many had wanted to see in recent years. But in the days and weeks to come when he begins the self-introspection as to how he lost the presidency, Jonathan should look no farther than his immediate environment. From his overbearing wife who used the campaign podium to preach hate, forgetting that there indeed is a God in heaven who promised in the Bible to “overturn, overturn, overturn… until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him” regardless of whether such a person is “analogue” or “brain dead” to people like Godsday Orubebe who made a disgraceful public show of himself on Tuesday not to mention Chief Edwin Clarke and confederates who, forgetting that politics is a game of addition, imagined they could abuse and blackmail the whole of Nigeria into re-electing their Ijaw kinsman.

How and why Jonathan lost will be a subject of interrogation in my coming book but it is a pity that his handlers paid scant attention to my warning of 19 January 2012, in a piece titled “Their Son, Our President”, which rankled Aso Rock and for which someone procured the services of hacks to attack me. I hope that Jonathan’s people will go back to read (http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/their-son-our-president/107435/) and reflect on what might have been had they taken counsel in the Yoruba adage that when your tuber of yam is growing too big, you use your hand to cover it.


For an election that had been predicted to be the end of our country, Nigerians have every right to be happy about the turn of events but there are just too many heroes and the first to be commended is the ordinary voter who stood under the sun and in the rain to exercise his/her franchise. And then the much-maligned chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega. Calm under pressure, mature in his approach to issues, serene in the face of provocation yet so firm and resolute in his conviction, Jega has written his name into the history books by delivering when it mattered most. With any other person, it is doubtful if we would be where we are today as a nation. And of course we must commend our president-elect, Buhari, not only for his tenacity of purpose (having lost three previous times) but also for the maturity with which he handled the campaign irritations from some PDP bigwigs and the president’s wife.


Finally, the biggest accolades go to the president who conceded defeat so that his nation can move on. By that simple but important gesture of patriotism, honour and nobility, Jonathan has earned the status that one old man imagined he could confer on himself just by the theatrics of tearing his party card before television camera. I just hope that the leaders of the victorious APC would have the decency to treat the president with respect in the remaining period of his tenure and after he leaves office. He deserves it.

I will be a bloody hypocrite to say that I was praying for Jonathan to win the presidential election. To be honest, I felt the country could do with some Change (even if I still don’t know its content) because of the way Jonathan mismanaged a couple of serious national issues, especially the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east. There was also this academic interest about whether the proposition in my May 2011 research paper ‘Divided Opposition as Boon to African Incumbents’ on factors shaping incumbent elections in Africa with special focus on Nigeria, would prove to be correct. Now that my thesis has been validated, I enjoy no real satisfaction that Jonathan is leaving office this way because, despite my misgivings about some of the people around him or his mixed stewardship, I still have a strong affection for the president who I consider a very good man.




If the president needed any validation that he acted wisely, it is by the outpouring of congratulations to him from all over the world and the way he has practically repositioned our country for business. Perhaps nobody has captured the situation as succinctly as Mr. Mo Ibrahim, one of Africa’s wealthiest men and philanthropist, who said yesterday: “The news from Nigeria today is wonderful. Africa’s largest country has concluded a peaceful election process. Furthermore, the incumbent has already gracefully conceded and congratulated his successor – a first for Nigeria and a benchmark for other African countries to follow. Today, we Africans are all proud of Nigeria and President Jonathan. Thank you Mr. President. If you are seeking a legacy, you have definitely achieved it.”


Last Saturday in my hotel room in Lagos, my friend and research assistant, Dipo Akinkugbe, with whom I was watching on television the drama of Jonathan and the Card Reader as the election accreditation exercise unfolded, said after the president had fielded questions from reporters and left: “This is a rare display of statesmanship that I have not seen in President Jonathan for a long time.”


That, I told him, is the essential Jonathan whose Ijaw handlers and a few power mongers from other parts of the country did not allow to blossom. But in falling from power through the electoral process, Jonathan has risen in the estimation of Nigerians for his statesmanlike concession to General Buhari.


Perhaps, in this final moment of loneliness, the President finally acted as Jonathan, unencumbered by the hidden motives of the army of power merchants and ethnic salesmen who have held him hostage all these years. Perhaps it is this last act of selfless submission to the will of the people that will eternally redeem Jonathan in Nigerian history. This end, then, could justify the murky path of this humble man from Otuoke who started life without shoes but has risen to great power and now to the honour roll of great Nigerians.



The message from the foregoing is profound yet so simple: In losing power, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has finally found himself.

Buhari vows to eradicate Boko Haram when he gets into office

In a meeting with foreign news media CNN yesterday night, Nigeria’s leader elect Gen. Buhari guaranteed to “plug” corruption and pulverize Boko Haram in 2 months.
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He told CNN’s Amanpour from Abuja the previous evening


“We know how they started and where they are now and we will rapidly give attention to security in the country. And I believe we will ef­fectively deal with them in two months when we get into office. We will be needing the cooperation of neighbour­ing countries such as Cam­eroon, Chad and Niger. There were efforts made by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, but it was not good enough and it came rather late”


“We expected the Federal Gov­ernment four years ago to sit down with these coun­tries andmake sure they do not allow the terrorists free movement across bor­ders, training facilities and movement of weapons. These were only done a few months ago and we have seen how Cameroon, Chad and Niger are fighting Boko Haram more than Ni­geria is doing until recently. Really we have seen enough and we have enough law enforcement to face Boko Haram squarely.”


Buhari said the military didn’t perform as well as they should have because of corruption in the system


“They will…if you re­call, the Nigerian soldiers out of all ethical expecta­tions were granting inter­views to foreign journalists, saying they were being sent to fight terrorists without proper weapons. And then the National Assembly attempted to conduct a hearing to find out how much money was approved for training and weapon in the last three years but that hearing was scuttled by the administra­tion.”

Aluta Continua..!! Seun Kuti thanks APC leader, The Jagaban for bringing change to Nigeria

GMB may have imprisoned his dad yet Seun Kuti appears to have proceeded onward from it.


He took to twitter to express gratitude toward Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for conveying change to Nigeria…

Maheeda changes mode of dressing as Buhari wins election