Sunday, November 29, 2015

Erdogan's 'Silent Backers': Who Egged Turkish Leader to Attack Su-24?

Was the downing of the Russian Su-24 Erdogan's "oil revenge" for Turkey's losses from the destruction of oil smugglers' truck fleet bombed by the Russian Air Force in Syria? Or maybe it is just the tip of a very big iceberg, F. William Engdahl asks.

American-German researcher, historian and strategic risk consultant F. William Engdahl notes that back in August 2015, he wrote about the Harvard-educated 35-year-old son of Turkish President Erdogan, Bilal Erdogan, who was involved "up to his eyeballs" in illicit oil smuggling from Syria and Iraq.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

State House Pres Release: President Buhari Calls for Greater Commonwealth Support for Nigeria and other countries

President Muhammadu Buhari late Friday in Malta called for the establishment of a Commonwealth Committee to oversee the rendering of greater assistance and support to Nigeria and other member-countries which have been adversely affected by the scourge of terrorism. Speaking at a banquet hosted by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for Heads of State and Government participating in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, President Buhari expressed the hope that the committee would have been estab.lished before the next meeting of the organisation. The President said that he also expects the committee to visit member-countries of the Commonwealth where terrorist organisations have established a foothold with a view to evolving practical strategies for more meaningful assistance to the affected countries.

Lesson Of Life - Mrs. Bisi Fayemi

“My phones stopped ringing after my husband lost election in Ekiti; started buzzing again after he was appointed minister.” – reportedly said by Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, wife of former Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi (Kayode is now the new Minister of Solid Minerals in Nigeria.)



Friday, November 27, 2015

Why is the US Hanging Turkey Out to Dry? …. article by Andrew Korybko

Why is the US Hanging Turkey Out to Dry?

Turkey’s shooting down of the Russian anti-ISIL aircraft was an unprecedentedly direct aggression against Moscow that trumps even the tense and hostile militarism of the Old Cold War era. The world stands on edge in the immediate aftermath of this attack, with tabloid-esque commentators warning that the beginning of World War III awaits. President Putin, for his part, has been much more measured in responding to the incident, but still couldn’t contain his shock at having received this “stab in the back delivered by accomplices of the terrorists.”

21 Dead in Suicide bomb attack on Shia Muslims in Nigeria

More than 20 individuals have been murdered in a bomb assault targeting on Shia Muslims amid a yearly religious parade in the northern Nigerian state of Kano.

On Friday, a bomber exploded his explosives among a crowd of Shia Muslims participating in a walk organized by supporters of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Dakasoye town south of Kano, the capital of the territory with the same name.

Coordinators of the parade said a few individuals were additionally injured in the assault which happened days before Shias in Nigeria are going to honor Arbaeen, the 40th day since the commemoration of the suffering of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam, and his supporters in the Battle of Karbala, which is to fall on December 2 this year.


Only Three Percent Adolescent Girls In Northern Nigeria Complete Secondary School – UN

UN Women/ United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has said from the statistics available that only 3 per cent of adolescent girls complete their secondary education in the Northern Nigeria. Speaking at the Planning/Review Meeting with Media Partners in Jos, Plateau State, the Deputy Programme Manager, UN Women, Peter Mancha, said in the North West and North East regions that only about 20per cent of women are literate.

Vandals Stole N50bn Worth Of Petrol From Single Pipeline, Says NNPC

Vandals stole nearly $250 million worth of petrol from a single pipeline in Nigeria in the first nine months of 2015, the country’s state-run oil company said Thursday, as motorists complained of shortages.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said 531 million litres of petrol worth more than 50 billion naira were lost between January and September.
The petrol was taken from the System 2B pipeline which stretches from the financial hub of Lagos to Ilorin, some 260 kilometres (160 miles) away to the northeast, the company added in a statement.
Nigerian governments past and present have repeatedly blamed pipeline vandalism and theft in the oil sector for hitting revenues as well as supplies to consumers.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Photo: Child rescued after being washed into a canal in Lagos

A child was rescued by some residents of Iri-Akari in Lagos state after he was washed into a canal following the heavy downpour in the area this afternoon. Photo credit: Mijiafe

Buhari PR Article On Financial Times Paid For By Delta And Cross River State Gov

PDP is going into extinction and with this rate I fear before 2019 it would have been wiped off. Just imagine Governors of Delta and Cross Rivers state sponsoring Femi Adesina's PR article for Buhari on Financial Times FT an international newspaper.
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Kogi APC nominates late Prince Audu’s son as Governorship candidate

Read the press statement I received below...
Leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC), in Kogi East Senatorial District have nominated Mr Mohammed, 43, first son of Late Prince Abubakar Audu, to replace him as the party’s governorship candidate. The leaders, stakeholders and delegates who made this known in Lokoja on Thursday after a marathon meeting, said they arrived at the decision after due consultations.

Pics: Forty feet container Injures Okada man After falling off at Oshodi-Apapa expressway

A forty feet container fell on Okada at the well known Second Rainbow transport stop on Oshodi-Apapa express way. The truck was attempting to over take another truck, when it stumbled on the person on foot way and fell, injuring an Okada man.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

EFCC arrests APC chieftain for contract scam

Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

Mr. Miebi Bribena, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State, has been reportedly arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over alleged contract scam at the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

Bribena, said to be a major beneficiary of the PAP Amnesty, was arrested early on Wednesday by operatives of the anti-graft agency.

He was said to have be taken to the agency’s headquarters in Wuse in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, where he was quizzed for several hours.

Kogi Poll: Fayose Blames Buhari For INEC’s Decision

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has faulted the directive of the Independent National Electoral Commission that the All Progressives Congress should nominate a fresh candidate for the inconclusive Kogi Governorship Election.

The governor, who accused President Muhammadu Buhari of using the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) to induce INEC to reach the decision said the action amounted to “amending the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria and the Electoral Act 2010 to advance his ambition and that of his party to turn Nigeria to a one party state.”

We’ll Punish Corrupt People In Education Sector – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that his administration would not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law on anyone culpable in the mismanagement of government funds provided for the upkeep of the nation’s tertiary institutions.
Buhari, who spoke on Wednesday, during a special convocation ceremony for the installation of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, as the ninth Chancellor of the University of Benin, Edo State.
He noted that while his administration was committed to providing funding for the revitalisation of the education sector, “it will not fold it’s arms and watch unscrupulous elements mismanage these very valuable resources.

EXCLUSIVE: Obasanjo To Jonathan: Use Your Foundation To Show Remorse For Your Past Actions

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan urging him to use the new Foundation he is establishing to engage in soul-searching and in reviewing his past actions.
In the letter, dated October 12, 2015, Mr. Obasanjo also advised Mr. Jonathan to consider the Foundation as a platform through which he can heal his conscience and demonstrate penitence over his past actions.
Mr. Obasanjo wrote the letter in response to an earlier letter written to him by Mr. Jonathan on September 22, informing him of his plans to set up a foundation through which he would continue to service humanity.

The NATO destruction of the RuAF SU-24 Fencer and Turkish murder of the Russian servicemen

Russia’s Interdiction of ISIS-Turkey Oil Trade and Attacks on Turkmen jihadi militants Poses Risk of Enlargement of Syrian Conflict
By: JiminNH
The increasing velocity of events in Syria indicates that the conflict may be ready to spill over into a larger conflagration and direct conflict between the forces of the AZ hegemon and the Resistance thereto. A couple of apparently un-related events have rapidly coalesced into armed conflict between an NATO member state and Russia, the consequences of which are yet to be revealed, but unlikely to be anything but more fuel on the fires of the not only the Syrian conflict but the war between the AZ empire and Russia.

Report from Crimea by Auslander (The situation in Krimea and Sevastopol is serious)

Auslander posted this sitrep in our comment section. I have reposted it here for all to read. (Webmaster)
The situation in Krimea and Sevastopol is serious.
The power coming to Krimea was actually Russian electric, ‘transshipped’ to Krimea via uke power system, at great cost I might add. Included in this formal agreement and written contract was Russia supplying the ukes with substantially more electric than was ‘shipped’ to Krimea. Part of the payment for the transport fees was the high quality coal found only in Donbas within ukeland. Uke heating and electric generating plants are designed for specifically this coal and nothing else. The coal was shipped from Novorossiya to Rostov, then shipped north and west where it entered ukeland.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

‪#‎TheMathDoesNotAddUpForMe‬: Did the late Prince Abubakar Audu truly steal 11 billion ?

Did the late Prince Abubakar Audu truly steal 11 billion Naira from the coffers of the Kogi State government as that state governor from 1999 to 2003? Kogi State in 1999 got N2.2 billion, in 2000, the state got N7.1 billion, in 2002, it was N9.3 billion and in 2003, it was N10.1 billion. Kogi State got a total of N28.7 billion in 4 years under Abubakar Audu from the federal allocation. Did Abubakar Audu steal 40% of this federal allocation to Kogi State and was able to pay the monthly salaries of the tens of thousands of state workers on time and also built the only existing modern infrastructures to date across the length and breadth of the present Kogi State of Nigeria?



Russia May Use Electronic Jamming Systems to Protect Its Pilots in Syria

Russia will have to resort to electronic warfare in Syria to protect its pilots and prevent incidents similar to the downing of Russia’s Su-24 jet on Tuesday, according to Lieutenant-General Evgeny Buzhinsky; they will include both ground-based systems and equipment installed on special aircraft.

“Regarding the possible impact of this incident on the further developments of the operation in Syria, I think that from now on, our pilots will be more attentive and if the Turks continue behaving in such a manner, Russia will have to resort to electronic jamming and other warfare equipment, including special aircraft with special equipment on board, in order to protect our pilots from being stricken with missiles,” said the lieutenant-general.
Buzhinsky also added that the so-called means of objective control, including flight radar and other equipment, will allow Russia to verify exactly where and how the bomber was downed, excluding any possible discrepancies on the issue.

Earlier on Tuesday, Russian Su-24M Fencer bomber was downed by an air-to-air missile in Syria near the Turkish border by the Turkish Air Force while carrying out precision strikes against terrorists in northern Syria.
The Su-24 bomber jet was in Syrian airspace at the altitude 6,000 meters, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The pilots were reportedly able to parachute out of the jet before it crashed.

Video: Syrian Rebels use U.S made TOW to blow off Russian-made Helicopter

A video of Syrian rebels supposedly fireing at a Russian-made helicopter on the ground has been posted on a YouTube channel connected with the FSA's first Coastal Brigade. The helicopter is said to have been on a search mission for the pilots of the Su-24 plane brought down by Turkey in Syria.
Watch the video bellow.

Turkey Attacks Russia in Syria SITREP by Scott

Official statement of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation
Russian Su-24 aircraft shot down by Turkish F-16 fighter on its way to the Hmeymim airbase
The Russian Su-24 aircraft was shot down on its way to the Hmeymim airbase in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic by a Turkish F-16 fighter.
Analysis of the objective monitoring data definitely showed that there had not been any violation of the Turkish air space.

Russian Defense Ministry Video Proves Su-24 Never Entered Turkish Airspace

While authorities in Ankara have insisted that it shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber after the aircraft entered Turkish airspace, the Russian Defense Ministry has released video proving that the plane never left Syrian airspace.

According to a leaked letter written to the UN Security Council by the Turkish Ambassador, Turkey’s military justified the shooting down of a Russian bomber by claiming that the aircraft had entered Turkish airspace for 17 seconds.
Watch the video after the jump break

Russo-Syrian Forces Close to Cutting Off ISIL's Supply Routes From Turkey

The Russian Air Force should continue its efforts to close the Jarabulus-Afrin corridor in northern Syria, despite the latest Turkish provocation, Bangkok-based geopolitical analyst Tony Cartalucci stresses.

Geopolitical analyst Tony Cartalucci draws attention to the fact that over the recent weeks Russian and Syrian forces have been steadily gaining ground in Syria, retaking territory from ISIL and al-Qaeda.

Hostages Taken, Shots Fired in Northern France

A hostage situation has reportedly erupted in the northern French town of Roubaix, close to the Belgian border, with medical services reporting several gunshot wounds.

According to Reuters, police have been deployed after reports of gunshots began at 7 PM on Tuesday evening.

"An operation is underway after hostages were taken," a police source told Reuters. "Gunshots were fired and the neighborhood has been cordoned off."

Update: Turkey Summons Russian Ambassador Over Downed Su-24

Turkey has summoned the Russian Minister Counsellor over the downed Su-24, according to the embassy press representative Igor Mityakov.

The Russian Minister Counsellor in Ankara has been summoned to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Russian embassy confirmed.

“The Embassy confirms that Russian Embassy Minister Counsellor in Ankara Sergei Panov has been summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry. We will make no comments on the subject of discussion,” Mityakov said.

A Russian Su-24 was shot down over Syria on Tuesday, according to reports from the Russian Defense Ministry. The two pilots were able to eject from the plane, although their current fate is unknown.

Downing of Su-24 'Will Have Serious Consequences' for Russia-Turkey Ties
Tragedy with Russian Su-24 downed in Syria to have serious consequences for Moscow-Ankara relations, Vladimir Putin stated.

The Russian president underscored that "either way, our pilots and our plane were not posing a threat to the Republic of Turkey."  

“This tragic event will have serious consequences for Russian-Turkish relations. We have always regarded Turkey not only as a close neighbor, but also as a friendly state. I don’t know who needed what was done today, but we didn’t in any case,” Putin said during a meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Sochi.

Russia will analyze everything that happened with its crashed Su-24 military aircraft in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
"We will, of course, carefully analyze everything that happened," Putin said at a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II.

"Instead of contacting us immediately Turkey addressed their  NATO partners  — as if it was us who downed their plane, not vice versa," Putin said.
"Our jet fell six kilometers away from the border, within Syrian arispace."
The Russian Su-24 was directly tasked with the fight against the Islamic State group, carrying out preventative airstrikes against terrorists, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

"They were carrying out an operation to combat IS. Northern Latakia is a mountainous region where militants are gathered, mostly natives of the Russian Federation. In this sense, they were carrying out their direct task of preventative strikes against terrorists who could return to Russia at any time. These are, of course, people who must be considered international terrorists," Putin said at a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II.
A Russian Su-24 was shot down over Syria on Tuesday, according to reports from the Russian Defense Ministry. The two pilots were able to eject from the plane, although their current fate is unknown.

NATO Calls Emergency Meeting After Russian Su-24 Downed Over Syria

NATO has called an emergency meeting after Russian Su-24 jet was downed over the Turkish-Syrian border.

The NATO ambassadors will meet in Brussels at 5 pm (4 pm GMT).
"The meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will be held at 5 pm (4 pm GMT) at Turkey's request," the NATO representative said.
NATO is monitoring the situation closely, the representative added. The Alliance is in close contact with the Turkish government.
The Russian Su-24 military aircraft that crashed in Syria earlier in the day was downed by an air-to-air missile from a Turkish plane, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday, describing the incident as a "stab in the back."
Putin added that the aircraft was around a kilometer (0.6 miles) from Turkey when it was hit.
Earlier in the day it was reported that the Russian Su-24 Fencer jet crashed in Syria with two people aboard. Ankara claims Turkish F-16s shot down the plane because it violated the country's airspace. Contrary to Ankara’s accusations, the Russian Defense Ministry said the Russian jet did not violate Turkish airspace and cited objective monitoring data as proof.
According to initial ministry information, both pilots were able to eject from the airplane. Their current condition and whereabouts have not been released.