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Cynthia Morgan to sing again as Nigerians surprise her with …


Coming after she opened up on her ordeal with her former label boss, Jude Okoye, Nigerians have decided to support Cynthia Morgan finacially.

NobleReporters earlier learnt that Cynthia opened up on her ordeal with Jude.

She made the revelation on an Instagram live interview with Sandra.

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Fans want Cynthia Morgan to sing again.

She talked about losing her stage name, royalty, Instagram account and VEVO account due to the contract and record label issue she had with the music executive.

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Cynthia also talked about having lots of dirt on him that she would have used to bury him.

However, Nigerians have set up a GoFundMe account for her in order to support her.

“The support on this project is so unbelievable I’m emotional. THANK YOUUUUU!!!!! To everyone who came, pledged donations, pledged services, cried, prayed, you are all the real MVPs. So now WE MOVE!!! Below is the recap of what was discussed on the Live video and our plans to bring her back!!

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  • We are setting up a GoFundMe account to fund her comeback
  • She was sick for over 6 months. It was never a drug problem she never did drugs.
  • She was depressed over not achieving what she planned to achieve before the age she planned.
  • She doesn’t want to sign under a label anymore but she is open to a partnership.
  • WE NEED INVESTORS. Alot of plans are underway.
  • We also talked about creating a Cynthia Morgan challenge. Yet to elaborate on that.
  • Direct every Cynthia related matter here. Beware of fraud.”

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See what Omotola says as she return to Music – drop tracks.


Nollywood actress, Omotola Ekeinde has dropped some new tracks as she finally returned to music.

Omosexy as she is called by fans noted that there will be no going back this time.

She shared the news via her Instagram handle, where she wrote, “Yasss! I’m back! I feel so Alive ! 💃🏼 ~<<~>>~<>~~~~ When I told you Post Covid I’m doing ALL I’ve wanted to do some thought I was just motivating! I’m back to My Music! And this second time around No gates of Hell shall prevail.”

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Leaked: Nigerians promised Millions to claim COVID-19 Positive

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Dr. Betta Edu, commissioner for health in Cross River State said some people in her state have received text messages to claim they are COVID-19 positive.

Edu, who is also the Chairman, COVID-19 task force team described the trend as worrisome.

In an interview, she said the state is probing the source of the messages.

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Recipients of the messages were promised some monetary inducements to claims COVID-19 status.

Cross River is the only state in southern Nigeria without a single case of the virus.

And Betta Edu vowed that the state wants to keep the status.

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On Wednesday, she appealed to the Federal authorities for more kits and funds.

Up till date, the state has received only 50 test kits from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

That, she said, is grossly inadequate for the 4.5million people in the state.

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According to her, with the release of funds and more test kits, samples will be taken across the state.

They will then be sent to Irrua Teaching Hospital in Edo State for laboratory testing.

She also said the NCDC staff that are expected in the state to commence collection of samples would be quarantined for 14 days.

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She noted that the state was more interested in the prevention of the virus than its management.

“As a state, we have shut down borders and all land entrances to prevent the spread of the virus. It is not compulsory that all states will be affected.

“The state government is doing all it can to ensure that it remains COVID-19 free. The no mask, no movement policy had helped a lot in achieving the fight against the pandemic,” she said.

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On Thursday, First Bank and Olam Farms supported the state with cash and materials.

First Bank donated N30m to the state, while Olam brought 5,000 facemasks, 1,000 bottles of hand sanitisers and 3,200 cartons of noodles.


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: Stranded Nigerians plead to return home


When Margaret Ntale Namusisi’s three daughters called her in Uganda to say they were being quarantined at their university in Wuhan, China, because of the coronavirus outbreak, she sent money and told them: “Run very fast and do shopping.”
Valeria, Veronica and Vivian did just that.


But nearly one month on, with no help from their government, they are now under lockdown in a crowded apartment with orders to stay indoors with the windows closed. Food, funds and morale are running low, reports Reuters.
“They are traumatised,” said Namusisi, who wakes up at 3 a.m. every day to talk to her daughters over the Chinese messaging service WeChat. “They ask, has Uganda given up on us?”


Countries across the world have flown their nationals home from China’s quarantined Hubei province, the centre of the outbreak of the virus that since January has infected more than 74,000 people and killed over 2,100.
But no sub-Saharan African country has done so, leaving thousands stranded.
“We’ve gone to parliament, we’ve gone to the ministry of health, we’ve gone to the ministry of foreign affairs and taken them our petition to bring back our children,” said Namusisi, nearing tears.


Reuters spoke to families from Cameroon, Uganda, Senegal and Ethiopia with similar tales of frustration. Many have set up associations to pressure their governments to act, through letters and petitions.
Governments across Africa have said they plan to send money to students to help with expenses. Cameroon said it was sending about $82,000 to help its citizens stuck in Hubei.
However, many including Senegal and Uganda, say they do not have the resources to look after coronavirus patients at home and their nationals would be safer in China where authorities have reported a dramatic drop in new cases in Hubei.


But while Uganda said last week that it would send $61,000 to students stuck in Wuhan, the Namusisi sisters have received nothing so far.
They survive on one meal a day of noodles or rice, their mother said. Other foods are now too expensive: one kilo of beef costs $13, one tomato a dollar.
They are not alone. Dagmawi Demelash Mengistu, a business student from Ethiopia, said his school has provided latex gloves and masks, but his government has not responded to students’ calls to be flown home.


He too is locked inside, short of food and money.
“We have seen one plane come for four students in Wuhan to evacuate them, just one plane,” said Mengistu who is part of a student association that has asked the Ethiopian embassy to fly them home.
“Ethiopian airlines haven’t stopped flights from China … so that is a shot to the gut when you see they are still continuing flights but cannot take their citizens out.”
Ethiopian authorities did not respond to requests for comment.


A LIGHTING STRIKE
Many African nations are nervous about a little-known virus breaching their borders.
Ebola killed over 11,000 people in West Africa between 2013 and 2016. An ongoing outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has killed over 2,300.
Health officials say those epidemics have prepared countries to keep coronavirus from spreading and the World Health Organisation says 24 African nations can test for potential cases. Airport screening and monitoring procedures have already highlighted possible coronavirus cases across the continent.


The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention last week called on governments to bring Africans home. But this has provided little comfort for those stranded in China or their families back home who have received little or no communication from their governments.
Roger-Michel Kemkuining, a Cameroonian, found out that his student son Pavel had contracted coronavirus from a statement posted online by Yangzte University, where Pavel was studying.
The statement, seen by Reuters, said the university had informed the Cameroonian embassy and the parents, but that was news to Kemkuining.

Cameroon’s health ministry spokesman, Clavere Nken, confirmed that the family had found out via social media. He said he had since spoken to them by phone. Yangzte University did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Pavel is the only known African to test positive for coronavirus. He has recovered and was released from hospital on February 10 but remains in isolation, he told Reuters.
For his father, the situation still rankles.
Seeing the statement was “like a lightning strike,” he told Reuters at his home in Yaounde. “I was really dejected.”


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Rise and defend your father land – Ooni of Ife, wole soyinka tell Nigerians


Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, have asked Nigerians to rise up and defend their ancestral land since the Muhammadu Buhari-led government was idling in protecting the lives of citizens.

The duo made the declaration in a statement on Wednesday after a meeting in Ogun State.

They said the selective approach of the Nigerian Government to security in different parts of the country points to an internal colonisation agenda, which is happening with the nod of the government.


The statement reads in part, “The present development is not new, nor has it lacked warnings.

“Numerous times, voices have been raised, and resistance mounted against the evolution of internal heirs to external colonialism, be this manifested by a military elite or by religious or economic groupings which flaunt their scant recognition of, or respect for human dignity, civic rights and sanctity of human life. The state has cultivated the art of looking the other way – until forced to confront reality.

“In this regard, the recent ultimatum delivered by a sectarian order to the president of this nation to set up the so-called RUGA cattle settlements across the entire nation within a stipulated time, despite national outcry, should be acknowledged as entitlement under the bounty of freedom of expression. In return, we exercise ours, and call upon Nigerian nationals across state demarcations to defend the sanctity of their ancestral lands. This birthright has never been annulled, not even under colonial occupation.

“We have in mind destructive forms of social transactions that characterise groups such as nomadic cattle herdsmen, and their umbrella groupings in the nature of Myetti Allah.”


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Continuous efforts to reconcile Nigerians unsuccessful – IBB


General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), Nigeria’s former Military Head of State has disclosed that limited impact has been recorded in the effort to reconcile Nigerians after the civil war.

Babangida who lauded some initiatives like the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the unity schools in the interview with Channels Television, blamed the limited impact recorded on authorities not consistently pushing for actualization of the reconciliation of Nigerians.


He said;

“For example, the NYSC, unity schools.. I think we didn’t push it hard.

“We should have pushed all those hard so that people from different parts of the country can say that we met at unity schools together”.


#Newsworthy…

LASU RITUAL KILLING: No Nigerian is exempted from Favour’s death – Olufemi


I would like to start by acknowledging the recent piece by the award-winning columnist, Abimbola Adelakun, titled, “There is nothing like ‘money rituals’”, (The Punch, January 2, 2020). I thank Adelakun for taking the bull by the horn and not traipsing around an orientation that dominates our Nigerian, nay, African, imagination, at the present time. This is our refusal, especially on the part of our intellectuals, in and out of educational institutions, to embrace the Scientific Revolution and make the discipline of the scientific method our primary, our principal way of relating to the world and the place of the human in it. We substitute instead and hold tenaciously to the alternative mytho-religious way of relating to the world and the place of the human in it dominated by supernaturalism, obscurantism, occultism, and a totalizing religiosity. I hope more people go and read the piece for their enlightenment and, more importantly, self-questioning.


Self-questioning is what has led me to this reflection on how, in so many ways, we all are responsible for the saga of Ms Favour Daley-Oladele. How we killed Daley-Oladele is what I explore in the rest of this piece. It is all too easy to say that the lady was a mere unfortunate victim of an unscrupulous, calculating boyfriend, a possibly fake pastor, and a mother desperate for relief from want. If I could be persuaded that the case is somehow singular, even idiosyncratic, or that it is just another of a series of unfortunate incidents that are otherwise unconnected to other things, events, and orientations in our society, I would have passed on it. My questioning reminded me that there are deeper explanations for what happened in this case and that it is a symptom of a worse malaise afflicting our very understanding of our place in the world as humans.

How did we kill Daley-Oladele? There are two diametrically opposed ways of understanding how our world, external, as in physical, and internal, as in psychic and psychological, is constituted, works, and evolves: the religious and the scientific. For the longer period of human existence, we made sense of our world by means of religion and related phenomena: sorcery, witchcraft, mythology. The central idea is that there is more to the world than meets the eye and humans devised all kinds of means to make the world yield its secrets to us. Our explanatory framework for the phenomena we could not otherwise wrap our heads around featured stories about gods, goddesses and similar creatures. More importantly, life’s mysteries—what’s hidden in rivers, mountains, forests, the phallus, and why women bleed at intervals—became the objects of worship before which we abased ourselves, from which we summoned powers to tame the harsh conditions of being in a world we barely understood, living in which we had to do with more vulnerabilities than our fellow creatures—animals and plants—contended with.


Over time, we developed something that other creatures never did: a complex and sophisticated and still evolving brain that enabled us not only to begin to reduce the play of mystery in our lives but actually began to put us, increasingly, in a position to force the world—internal and external—to yield its most recondite secrets to our probing. From the 16th century onwards, we transited from epochs during which our relationship to the world was dominated by an attitude of submission and worship to one in which we decode more and more of the underlying, operating principles of nature and we evolved from worshippers of nature and its artifacts to lawgivers to it and tamers of its previously unpredictable ferocity. We now make nature work for us, for the most part.

The Scientific Revolution had arrived; the Age of Reason had dawned. From then till now, we no longer succumb to revelation, tradition, or authority. We ask that whatever we seek to embrace—from victuals to how we govern ourselves—pass a simple but rigorous test: survive scrutiny by Reason. Since then, and in all societies that have embraced the Scientific Revolution and its associated temperament, the experimental method, certified by corroboration, repeatability, and predictability, has shrunk the segment of their populations still dominated by mytho-religious explanatory paradigms so much that such “explanations” as are offered from this perspective are regarded as quaint, funny, possibly crazy.


In this respect, the following passage from Adelakun’s piece is so crucial:

“There is nobody that claims that ‘money ritual’ is real that can also substantiate it. The evidence people tender about its efficacy is typically reportorial, or some fantasy they picked up from home movies. Meanwhile, Nollywood filmmakers too have never seen money rituals work either. What they rehash are urban myths and similar tales. Nobody, I repeat, nobody can make money come out of thin air or conjure it from another location.”

In this passage, she dropped a gauntlet to all in our society who indulge the stupidity or brainlessness of processing their relations with the world primarily or principally in mytho-religious terms. She channeled the scientific method that demands that you support all your substantive claims about the world with evidence that is objectively verifiable, repeatable, and corroborated by others deploying the same materials that you have combined to produce your result.


If, for instance, you are persuaded that a lady’s undergarments have some power to produce money, don’t just talk about it. Give us your experimental regimen, how you got from this or that or any panty through processing—burning, dissolution in acid, etc.—to money. Give us the steps and let fellow experimenters in Mongolia replicate your result.

Think how much cleaner the world will be from recycling undergarments and keeping them out of landfills. Think how much more leisure the poor across the world will enjoy from not having to do inhumane work to keep life going at the barest levels with access to such easy money. Of course, the prescription should come with warnings about side effects to those whose pheromones and DNA are in the used undergarments.


Just imagine how much more onerous it would be for snake oil sellers to dupe us if our primary orientation is not one of stupidly believing but of asking that people share evidence with us of the truthfulness of their claims and on this score, not reports, hearsay, or “just believe, and you shall be saved”!

When things happen, from earthquakes to floods, from motor accidents to bad governance, we are forever deploying those lame, obscurantist non-explanations: “it is God’s will,” “only God can make things right,” “it is a spiritual attack,” “spiritual warfare,”, “mysterious fire,” “mysterious birth,” and so on, and so forth.

I would like to argue that all across the African continent, we, at the present time, have never embraced the scientific method. This is despite the fact that many of our ancient civilizations handed down to us evidence of their commitment to evidence-based processes of engaging the world even as they, like other humanity contemporaneous with them, were dominated by what I identified above as mytho-religious explanatory models, Egypt being the most important. We persist in embracing, deploying, and being dominated by mytho-religious attitudes when it comes to our primary or principal ways of being in and relating to our world, physical and psychic.

I daresay that ours is the only continent that continues to thrash around in this morass. I shall not be making the case for this claim here. I put it here because Nigeria, the immediate focus, is ravaged by this orientation. When things happen, from earthquakes to floods, from motor accidents to bad governance, we are forever deploying those lame, obscurantist non-explanations: “it is God’s will,” “only God can make things right,” “it is a spiritual attack,” “spiritual warfare,”, “mysterious fire,” “mysterious birth,” and so on, and so forth.


In all other societies, even those that continue to share what we would call our intense religiosity, like India, that have accepted the scientific method and allow its spirit to permeate their being in and relations to the world, road accidents call for inquiries into road and weather conditions, the mechanical state of the vehicles involved, whether the operator was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, distracted, reckless, incompetent, with poor vision, and so on. It is why in such societies, when planes crash, every effort is made to collect every bit of the carcass of the plane involved that can be located; because in piecing together the pattern of the disintegration of the structure lies the key to unraveling the physics behind the crash as a precondition to ensuring that future occurrences are prevented. They don’t go looking for goblins and ghommids and other denizens of unseen principalities, mad at being unappeased and visiting unmatched misery on us, their heedless victims.

Even if, in those societies, their self-appointed “anointeds” are inclined to proffer mytho-religious explanations for these unfortunate incidents—the United States is awash in crazy pastors who think that hurricanes are our recompense for homosexuality and India continues to be home to numerous gurus who are ready to convey you to nirvana, just pay up, buddy—few pay them any heed and their media and their intellectual class refuse to be complicit in the swindle and the peddling of ignorance. I cannot say that that is what obtains in our land.


The young man who killed Daley-Oladele, the pastor who dissected her body, and the mother who engaged in cannibalism that is otherwise forbidden by her Yorùbá cultural heritage, are not idiosyncratic presences in our world nor are their beliefs respecting the capacity of human body parts to transmute into free money beyond the pale for most Nigerians. Of course, nothing about the actions and beliefs I just reported makes sense. That precisely is the problem.

The belief in ‘money rituals’ and related idiocies that procured Daley-Oladele’s untimely death is a mere sliver of our mass reconciliation to supernaturalism and this is how and why we all have a hand, however unwitting, in her death and those of many unknown others either through other crazy supernatural beliefs or, ultimately, in the irrational belief that “except God build the house, they that labour do so in vain”.

The mind-set just described is dominant across all sectors of our society, in all demographic domains, in all walks of life. In other words, the trio is representative of our active embrace of mytho-religious explanatory frameworks characterized by supernaturalism, occultism, and obscurantism, in our relation to our world.


The departure from and the calling out of this mass backwardness that hides behind moral horror at the incident is what makes Adelakun’s piece such a standout. The belief in ‘money rituals’ and related idiocies that procured Daley-Oladele’s untimely death is a mere sliver of our mass reconciliation to supernaturalism and this is how and why we all have a hand, however unwitting, in her death and those of many unknown others either through other crazy supernatural beliefs or, ultimately, in the irrational belief that “except God build the house, they that labour do so in vain”.

Every governor who attributes his success and prospects of succeeding at his task to god is entrapped in this mytho-religious animus that pervades the society. And when people in elevated positions deploy the same explanatory framework to account for their place in and relations to the world, they feed the illusion that dominated the characters in the saga we are using to illustrate this larger argument. Every governor who illegally wastes the people’s money on useless ‘thanksgiving services’ for a successful year is an obscurantist that should be unmasked as no good for the general health of the people he leads; for he confirms them in their thrall to unforeseen forces domiciled in powerful principalities, directing their fortunes in the world.

Every governor who attributes his success and prospects of succeeding at his task to god is entrapped in this mytho-religious animus that pervades the society. And when people in elevated positions deploy the same explanatory framework to account for their place in and relations to the world, they feed the illusion that dominated the characters in the saga we are using to illustrate this larger argument. Every governor who illegally wastes the people’s money on useless ‘thanksgiving services’ for a successful year is an obscurantist that should be unmasked as no good for the general health of the people he leads; for he confirms them in their thrall to unforeseen forces domiciled in powerful principalities, directing their fortunes in the world.


No, if I may quote from a different part of the good book, “from the sweat of thy brow shalt thou eat bread”—hard work, knowledge, all aspects of the scientific method, must be our preferred way of relating to our world in all ways.

Every journalist who is eager to report “mysterious fires,” “mysterious deaths,” “babies born with a Koran in their clutch,” and does not come to his or her remit with a skeptical attitude that demands evidence, repeatability—humans are the same—and what causal antecedents explain this outcome that are open to objective verification across geographical and cultural divides, contributes to feeding the obscurantism that gives credence to the unfounded belief in ‘money rituals’.


University professors who do not come out to contradict publicly and call on the carpet a crazy Daddy G.O. who lately predicts that earthquakes are on the menu in places where they never did occur previously because “God is angry” are culpable in cementing the belief that earthquakes are caused by supernatural causes and can only be appeased by religious devotion are guilty of feeding the condition that makes ordinary people believe that “principalities do indeed exist and remotely cause things to move in our world”. Such beliefs are akin to believing that albino blood is unlike other blood and has a secret ingredient that, in the hands of the “experts” can transmute into money.

University professors who do not come out to contradict publicly and call on the carpet a crazy Daddy G.O. who lately predicts that earthquakes are on the menu in places where they never did occur previously because “God is angry” are culpable in cementing the belief that earthquakes are caused by supernatural causes and can only be appeased by religious devotion are guilty of feeding the condition that makes ordinary people believe that “principalities do indeed exist and remotely cause things to move in our world”. Such beliefs are akin to believing that albino blood is unlike other blood and has a secret ingredient that, in the hands of the “experts” can transmute into money.

We can learn from one of our most important African thinkers who worked with peasants, for the most part, and was never afraid of educating us about the limits of mytho-religious thinking and its irrelevance in our present world. Here is Amilcar Cabral:


Our culture should be developed on the basis of science, it should be scientific—which is to say, not involve believing in imaginary things. Tomorrow our culture should avoid instances where anyone of us thinks that lightning is a sign that God has become enraged or that a thunderstorm is the sky’s voice when a furious “spirit” speaks. In our culture tomorrow, everyone should know that, while we dance when there are thunderstorms, a thunderstorm occurs when two clouds clash, one with a positive electrical charge and another with a negative electrical charge; and when they clash they cause a flash, which is lightning, and a noise, which is the thunder. (Amilcar Cabral, Resistance and Decolonization, trans. Dan Wood, intro. Reiland Rabaka (London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016), pp. 123-124.

What Cabral called their tomorrow ought to have been our yesterday. The scandal is that it is not even our today!


State governors that import prayer warriors from Saudi Arabia should be committed for psychiatric treatment. Unlike our crazy G.O.s, the Saudi protectors of Mecca created the most efficient oil firm in the world which has the most advanced technology for locating and capturing crude oil and has just had a multi-billion-dollar IPO on the Jeddah bourse. They do not substitute prophecy for scientific exploration. They do not deploy marabouts to take care of their rulers: they build the best equipped hospitals in the world and ensure that their Hisbah equivalent let alone the quarters housing their most important imports: the experts who keep their science-inflected institutions running.

But our Senators, governors, and their retinues are busy stoking the embers of obscurantism by building mosques in lieu of schools and modelling religious backwardness in lieu of scientific progress as well as the cultivation of a querulous attitude that would have made the unfortunate young man in our saga to ask for previous examples, evidence of the success of the scheme for which he destroyed his girlfriend’s, the pastor’s, and his own mother’s lives, not to talk of the trail of unhappiness that would forever attend the connected families’ lives.

There is a simple way out of the morass of supernaturalism and it is already anticipated in the quote from Cabral above. It is this:

• make every claim justify itself to Reason’s scrutiny;
• provide evidence
• show it is not the first or the only one of its type or that it can only be realized in Africa!
More lives will not only be saved, the lives saved will be led in a better world informed by knowledge and a continuing effort to peel back the blinkers of ignorance in our being in and relating to the world.

*Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò teaches at the Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, U.S.A


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APC have punished Nigerians enough – PDP said.


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the rate of unemployment in the country, saying the All Progressives Congress (APC) has overstretched the limits of Nigerians.

It also accused the ruling party of trivialising and politicising the frightening level under it and warned the APC to get ready to face the consequences.


The main opposition party made the claims in a statement on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

“The PDP holds that for attempting to distort and muffle facts on unemployment, which are already in the public domain, the APC has confirmed that it remains an automated lying machine, which has never been interested in the welfare of Nigerians,” the PDP alleged in the statement.


It added, “It is imperative to also state that with its latest deportment, the APC has completed the trappings of a dying party and leaves no one in doubt that it has always been a power-grabbing special purpose vehicle, which has now come to the end of its journey.”

A Serious National Problem
The opposition party quoted the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, as saying in a publication that unemployment rate was at a frightening 23.1 per cent while raising alarm that the rate would likely hit 33.5 per cent in the new year.


It insisted that the number of unemployed persons and job losses across the formal and informal sectors had surge under the present administration.

The PDP added that Ngige, while declaring open a two-day workshop on unemployment, reportedly described the situation as scary.


“The APC also chose not to remember that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in an earlier report, stated that 16 million Nigerians (which has now risen to 18 million) were unemployed, 18 million more were underemployed while another 27.44 million, reportedly refused to work in 2016 for various reasons not unrelated to frustration in the polity under the APC administration.

“It is completely unpardonable that rather than accepting the truth and seeking for a solution to the looming unemployment Armageddon, the APC seeks to trivialise and politicise a serious national problem,” the PDP claimed.

It also accused the ruling party of justifying its wrongdoings and engaging in “under-the-table system of selective employment of a few”.

Among other allegations, the PDP asked the APC to “take responsibility for the mortgaging of our nation with the $83 billion debt accumulated by its administration”.


#Newsworthy…

2020 Budget: Nigerians charge Buhari.

…On rule of law, fight against corruption, insecurity, border closure, power supply, unemployment, economy


Nigerians from all walks of life are brimming with high hopes and expectations of huge relief in the coming year. Many say the preceding years have been anything, but comfortable for the citizens of the country, and such they can only anticipate better days in 2020 if the citizens’ patience, resilience and perseverance are not to be further stretched to a breaking point.

While views are divergent on whether there are enough reasons for such expectations in the New Year, Nigerians seem to be unanimous on measures and areas the government needs to look into, in order to usher in the much anticipated better times for the citizenry.

Prominent among their expectations include the need for the government to show more respect to rule of law; creating enabling environment for economic prosperity, sincerity and transparency in the war against corruption, more drastic actions against unemployment and insecurity in the country; concerted efforts to reposition the nation’s power, health and education sectors, priority attention to decaying infrastructure, among others.


Leading the pack is an experienced entrepreneur and consultant on the establishment of small and medium enterprises, Mrs Fayo Williams, who wants the Federal Government to tackle the problem of unemployment in the country with a renewed determination, using the available resources in the country.

“I believe that the problem of unemployment needs to be tackled very seriously. Study by the National Bureau of Statistics put the unemployment rate in the last quarter at 23.1 per cent, which is very high. In fact, youth unemployment is as high as 60 per cent. This is a dangerous trend, which I believe must be tackled squarely by the Federal Government.


“My suggestions are that just as we have primary healthcare centres in every local government, which was the vision of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, we should also have vocational training centres in every local government. And these vocational training centres should guide the youths and the unemployed, particularly women, on how to use the resources available in each of these LGAs to create wealth. We also need a centralized job portal that can be accessed by anyone. We have had successful databases being built on the national identity card management system. So, I believe that Nigeria is ripe enough to create a relational database for job requests such that the employers can post their job requests and the unemployed can also search for the existing jobs around them,” she said.

Williams, a former vice president, NECA Network of Entrepreneurial Women, commended the Federal Government over certain steps taken so far to help grow local businesses in the country.


These, according to her, include the tax reform, the proposal excluding small businesses with turnover of less than N20 million from paying tax and the AGSIMIES fund, a development finance fund from the Central Bank disbursed to qualified SMEs through NIRSAL Microfinance Bank branches all over Nigeria.

Also, the Executive Director, Civil Liberties Organisation, Comrade Ibuchukwu Ezike, would like to see a government that shows more respect to the rule of law and human rights in the New Year.


He described as lamentable situations where Nigerians granted bails by courts were denied their freedom by the government.

“We have seen situations where Nigerians were given bail by the courts and the government would sit on it, infringing on the right of the citizens. So in 2020, we want to have a society where human rights are respected, where rule of law is respected, where due process is respected and where you match words with action. These are what we want in 2020, a proud Nigerian society,” he said.


The CLO boss also wants the government to address the problems of hunger and unemployment in the country and show more transparency in the fight against corruption.

“Nigerians are hungry and they will like to have enough food to sustain themselves in 2020. There are no jobs for the people, so our people will like to have jobs. Our roads have terribly failed and now constitute death traps. Nigerians will like to have them fixed. The corruption that the government is claiming to be fighting is escalating, so Nigerians will like to see a more transparent government that will match its words with action, not just a government that is shouting to be fighting corruption. There should be enough corresponding action to show that they are really fighting corruption. Getting people imprisoned is not enough to fight corruption. You must be able to show us how much you have recovered from the fight and how you have ploughed the money recovered into serving the people,” he stated.


In the view of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Association of Financial Analysts of Nigeria (AFAN), Dr Abdullahi Ya’u, significant changes are due to feature in 2020 mainly because of the unique issues that arose this year.

“First, we will expect stricter financial reforms from the Federal Government looking at how it moves towards open treasury system, thereby signaling higher expectations on transparency and prudence from the government and the citizenry. This means that more controls may feature in several areas of financial transactions, contract awards, etc,” he said. Dr Ya’u disclosed that the early passage of the federal budget has further heightened expectations of Nigerians on budget performance than ever before in the history of the country.


“Cash in circulation may significantly improve and reach a four-year high, especially looking at the possibility of injecting additional $30 billion debt cash into the economy. This, on the other hand, may badly affect the economy by translating into higher inflation if the Central Bank of Nigeria does not plan well ahead of time,” he said.

With 20 years experience garnered in the financial sector, Ya’u hinted that 2020 would be a remarkable year in terms of the structure of Nigeria’s financial market place.


“As the new West African currency is likely to be launched, trade will be strengthened between Nigeria and the neighbouring countries, which adopt ‘ECO,’ the new currency for the ECOWAS sub-region. The ease of cash dealings will promote close and long-distance trades, especially going by the fact that most West African inter-country traders are mainly involved in direct currency transactions rather than using sophisticated financial vehicles. As the currency becomes common, the rise may be experienced in cross-border loans and future contracts.

“The continuous rise in agricultural production and emergence of commodity markets and exchanges coupled with continuous government campaigns motivating investors to invest in the agricultural sector will colour 2020 with more jobs created in the sector than at any other time over the last six years.


“Among major players in this sector will be large-scale rice mills and the introduction of other processing factories focusing on Nigeria’s abundant agricultural produce such as yam, cassava, wheat, etc.

“Also, there will be relatively low political risks in 2020 as no major elections are on board. This means businesses and the government will enjoy the peace to plan and execute with little interference. Thus, businesses can use the opportunity to build up their capacity, roll up new targets and study the government’s body language so as to make investment decisions in such favourable directions,” he said.


He then advised Nigerians to make good plans for the change that is coming in 2020, stating that it would trickle down to 2022, hence repositioning to face the possible inflation, which he said, is key.

His words: “One way to actualise that positively is for individuals to create source of extra cash flow so as to nullify the possible inflation factor. Consider a second line of business, providing services or even investing extra-earnings in agriculture or investment funds certified by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).”


Another Nigerian with high expectations for 2020 is Mrs Chinelo Ugwu, a postgraduate scholar at the National Open University of Nigeria, Enugu State.

Ugwu foresees a year of Nigerians returning fully to agriculture considering the discouraging interest rates on fixed deposits. “Thus, if this happens,” Ugwu said, “the harsh effects of the 2019 policies may be cushioned and our struggling economy may be stabilised.”


She, therefore, advised the Federal Government to take education and awareness programmes seriously.

“There should be effective communication to enable the populace to support the seemingly good policies. But all in all, we pray for a country Nigerians can be proud to call their own. Again, I expect the Nigerian citizenry to take ownership of the problems in this country, and be active about finding solutions. It is not all about our leaders. There are little things we can do about our immediate spaces,” she said.


With several economic policies like the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) ready to take off next year, small-scale manufacturers disclosed that they expect the government to relax its tough stance on border closure.

This view was from Prince Iche, the National President of the Association of Micro Entrepreneurs of Nigeria (AMEN), who said: “My first expectation is for the government to finally open the borders. Because it has created very harsh challenges for us small scale industrialists. Then I expect the government to focus more on micro-entrepreneurs. I want them to discard the business as usual mentality, and make funds easy to be accessed by the real entrepreneurs, and not the fictitious loans they claim to have disbursed to faceless and unknown business people in the media. Our president should please declare a state of emergency on the power sector, to speed up efforts towards improved power supply, which would then reduce the cost of production for small scale manufacturers in Nigeria.”


Public Affairs Analyst, Mr. Ambrose Igboke, opined that in 2020, Nigerians should agitate for the enactment of certain fundamental laws that would make it compulsory for the wards of lawmakers and other public officeholders, to attend public schools and use public facilities.

“If that is done, there would be increase in standard and quality of the schools and facilities. It is time for Nigerians to agitate for good governance, because their leaders will not give good governance. Until we change our mindset, things will continue to go worse,” Igboke said.


In the same vein, a social commentator, Sunday Elom, said: “I don’t expect any positive reform but the worst monstrous display by the leaders in 2020. And I believe you won’t blame me for being honest. Nigerians expected and dived into the mirage ‘Change’ pool in 2015 only to surface in the body-tearing, shark-infested ocean of poverty and acute suffering. However, if there must be any form of reform, I would rather say I expect Nigerians to reform themselves (their brains, mindsets, orientation, attitudes and lifestyles).

The International Director of Programs and Project Management, Young African Network for Global Goals (YANGG), a non-governmental organization, Ndieze Kelechi, urged that more attention should be given to technical schools, teachers training|, trainers training, which incorporates technology into the learning exchange programmes in school. He also urged the government to improve the library system coupled with general improvement in the quality of education.

Nigerians charge presidency


Activist and public commentator, Izuchukwu Ochenwari Eze, described the outgoing year witnessed the highest display of human rights violations, abuse of power, intimidation of protesters, rape of legal justice and disobedience to court orders.

On his expectations from the government, he said: “Come 2020, we expect that government of the day learns to play low on party affiliation to enable it be more efficient and effective in the discharge and delivery of democracy to the good people of Nigeria, knowing that when the government disobeys court orders, disregards the Constitution and promotes desecration of the judiciary or makes an attempt to cage the judicature, patriotism shall call on every national to pick up resistance as a necessary evil against such anti-democratic government.”


#Newsworthy….

Open Visa : Nigerians should reject policy – Ezeife said (Reasons)


Elder statesman and former governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, is not happy with the situation of things in the country. He described the situation as very bad, pointing out that it is being suffered more by the Igbo in the country.

He lamented that there have been sustained marginalization and series of attacks on Igbo people and their businesses by the Federal Government for no reason.

He noted that the horrible situation has prompted their youths to agitate for a country of their own where they would feel loved and accepted.


In this interview with Sunday Sun, he also spoke on other issues of national interest. Excerpts:

How in your view have the Igbo fared since after the civil war in Nigeria?


After the civil war, Igbo people have been suffering. Some sufferings resulted directly from the civil war. The others resulted from policy of government which seem directed to pull the Igbo down; P-I-D, Pull Igbo Down. Well, when you fight a war and you come out of it and you are not victorious, there are consequences. We lost people; many people. The Nigerians declared ‘no victor, no vanquished’ yet they gave us 20 pounds for all the money we have in the banks. If you have million pounds, you get 20 pounds. And since then, we have been suffering in every way. Our people are commercial people, businessmen. They are attacked in their businesses. They import goods and the goods are seized and auctioned to other people. Individual business people are attacked. First, Jim Nwobodo lost his bank, Savannah Bank. It was taken from him. Second, Chief Cletus Ibeto, once the greatest importer of cement into Nigeria was attacked and his business crumbled. He is now trying to build up. Ifeanyi Ubah of Capital Oil was humiliated with detention by the EFCC several times. NNPC was owing him. Instead of helping him to recover the money, the government added insult to injury. Innoson Motors, the young man who has the first motor manufacturing company in Africa was dragged from Nnewi to Abuja in pants. Fortunately, the Central Bank has decided on the case between Innoson and GTB and Innoson is the winner. Emzor Pharmaceuticals was closed down because they said that some recalcitrant youths were inhaling some of the drugs which were produced by the factory; which drugs have been in production for decades. The attacks on businesses have continued. I understand that Sunnewspaper was visited by the EFCC. Now, we are hearing stories about Onyema and Air Peace. We are sure that it is a case of selective justice, assuming that there is any justice in it; it has to be a case of selective justice that he is being attacked because people who have done worse things are still in the country. Apart from attack on businesses of Igbo people, there are all kinds of humiliation. Noticed that our boys were asked to lie down in the mud and some were drinking mud water. And then eventually many were killed. The killing has been quite much. When young men wanted to have a memorial of the Biafra war dead ones, they were massacred; first in Aba, and then in Onitsha. The one that is most intriguing was the massacre of young men who were celebrating the victory of Trump in faraway America. Now, humiliations are many. There is Awka-Etiti down there. Awka-Etiti is a very small town in Idemili. Where we are now is Igbo-Ukwu. There is about three miles distance between Awka-Etiti and Igbo-Ukwu. It may be less even. When I was coming back on Wednesday, we passed through four checkpoints between Awka-Etiti and Igbo-Ukwu; a distance of three miles. And, of course, humiliation is obvious. The way you are treated at the checkpoints, not just the way you are delayed. So, the Igbo have been going through hell since the end of the civil war that was declared ‘no victor, no vanquished.’ I must say that our people who import containers are the worst hit because when they import containers, the containers are seized and auctioned to other people.

There has been unending outcry of marginalization by President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government. What do you think is the way out?


Well, first of all, marginalization; for years now, if there is a meeting of the National Security Council, the Igbo man is not represented and he is one of the three largest tribes. Two, if you hear there is a list of new appointments, you will find the Igbo absent from that list or largely absent from that list. But if there is a list of people removed from employment, especially the military, security people, the Southeast people dominate that list. Well, there are so many examples. The recent appointment of commissioners of police was only good for the Southeast. They got one commissioner. Why do I say very good? They normally don’t get any at all. This time they got one while Northwest got 12. There was a time some justices were appointed across the country; 27 justices. No Igbo, two people from Southwest and South-south. I mean, one has to keep a record in order to roll out the many cases of injustices done to our people. So, humiliation, marginalization, and pull them down have been the fate of the Southeast people in Nigeria since the end of the civil war. And the civil war, contrary to the impression people got, did not result from any coup which Igbo organized. The coup was organized for the benefit of the Yoruba, to make Nigeria grow faster by putting Awolowo who was a very good manager of people as Prime Minister of Nigeria. It was not done for any Igbo interest except that Igbo is most interested in the progress of Nigeria.

There have been agitations by the youths for a Biafra Republic. Do you think that the agitation was justifiable?


Because of what I have told you so far; since the civil war, the youths who didn’t even participate in the civil war are calling for Biafra. Calling for Biafra is a reaction to what the Federal government is doing to the Igbo and the youths want fast solution. They want Biafra. But the elders see some advantages in Nigeria that is made to work. Because of the large market and our people are businessmen, the elders are thinking of the economies of scale and they are feeling all the pains the youths are feeling, but they are bearing it a little more than the youths. So, if you want to look at it very well, you will see that the youths are reacting faster to Nigeria’s government pushing the Igbo out of Nigeria. It is the Nigerian government pushing the Igbo out of Nigeria. The youths are reacting to it more than the elders.

Presidents have come and gone in this country. Looking back at the years of the previous administrations and comparing them with the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, do you think things are getting better?


Everybody knows that Nigeria has been taken giant steps backward. It cannot be worse now. Impunity has become the norm in Nigeria. Things are not done according to norm or constitution. And the judiciary has been finally destroyed. The politics has always been down and has been worse in the years. The executive is not making impact. Hunger is taking Nigeria to dark places and it doesn’t appear that anything has been done to improve the welfare of the people. In fact, the welfare of the people has been tumbling; tumbling down in every way. It is not difficult to prove these things. One indication of how you are going is your exchange rate. Your exchange rate has now come to N365 to $1. It is not easy to bear that. Naira was superior to dollar before. Now you have to get N365 to $1. The price of rice and all consumables have gone up. Unemployment has never been as bad as it is now. Security is worse; banditry everywhere, kidnappers, thieves everywhere. And there are many cases. The president is not helping much. The president talked about free visa. I mean, visa not required of Africans and we know whom he is talking about. I think that is the case that cannot be left like that. The National Assembly must act. I don’t believe the president has the power to open the gates of Nigeria and allow everybody to come in. It’s like planning for war; planning for foreigners to dominate us. That cannot happen. We should not allow it. And we are not going to go fighting anybody. But we want good reason to prevail.

Do you think that the closure of the Nigeria’s border is good for this country?


It is not easy to pronounce on border closure because there are many aspects of it. Why should imports come to Ghana, Togo and some other West African countries, and they collect the duties and then send to Nigeria? We lose duties if we allow it to continue that way. But we know we are suffering because of our rice. Even that suffering is temporary. For me, it is alright. I just ordered Anambra Rice for my Christmas. Abia also wrote me that they have rice to sell to me. So, temporary suffering is imposed by the border closure, but there are good reasons for closing the border. And there are serious problems arising from closing the border. It is not something you will just dismiss because…we don’t say something is bad because it is done by a government which has been failing, but make judgment given our understanding.

What is the implication of returning to budget circle of January to December? What implication do you think it would have on the economy?


I don’t see any problem with that; I don’t see any implication. If it is made regular, it will be very good. It is good to have enough time to implement the budget. That is part of planning. I think I should commend it and encourage them to keep it constant like that.

Let us come home. By 2021, Ndi-Anambra will be going to the polls to elect the next governor. Lately, some persons are promoting the issue of zoning. Here in Anambra, before now, we talk about competence. Would you prefer a competent governor who comes from any zone or any governor that must come from a particular zone whether competent or not?


Very good question and very important. In 2021, a new governor must emerge in Anambra State. That governor must be a very competent person, fully qualified, well educated, ready to work, and seriously interviewed and processed to know that he is good enough. There is one good thing about Anambra. The good thing about Anambra is that from any village, you can get competent people to be governor of Anambra State. From any zone you can get, maybe, up to 10 people qualified to be governor of Anambra State. From every local government you can get somebody qualified to be governor of Anambra State. What we are talking about now is that we want to reduce tension. We want to reduce the cost of election. We want to make routine, if possible, the election of governor. And we agreed on zoning. It is an agreement we reached. It is important that is why we are talking about the presidency being zoned. The North has had more than enough. So, with respect to Anambra State and governorship, Anambra Central has ruled for 11 years, Anambra North will soon complete eight years, Anambra South has not ruled for more than five years or five plus. And Anambra South has dominance of qualified people. So, what people are saying is that there is no point going away from equity and justice. We expect the next governor to come from Anambra South. And there is a new element. I was the first governor of Anambra State. I took the whole state as my area of concern. I never did anything for Anambra South because I am from Anambra South. No! But as you know now, everybody who comes as governor pays special attention to his zone. There is no point repeating what you know already. Everybody in Anambra State knows that governors now take special care of their zone and then do something for the rest of the state. So, I support strongly that the next governor should come from the South and I will not be too concerned about the governor paying extra attention to the South because all others are doing it. In fact, I am the person to advocate it because everybody is blaming me for not doing anything for my special area, my zone.

Because I thought, we could not be doing that because of zone.


How would you assess Governor Willie Obiano’s administration so far? How well or badly do you think he is doing?

Well, sometimes we forget; especially we forget the good ones and remember the bad ones. Obiano increased security level in Anambra State. Since Obiano, kidnapping has been low. Since Obiano, Iweka North in Onitsha has been quiet or relatively quiet. He has done so many other things in the medical field, in the education field, in many fields. I have been hearing complaints that the second term hasn’t been as good as the first term. I am hearing complaints about his not being open to people; not listening to people, and not even receiving people as he did in the first term. There may be reasons for that. I don’t know. So, as a matter of judgment, I will say that Obiano performed very well in the first term. And I am not sure I know enough in the second term to make any statement.


What can you say about the level of economic integration in the Southeast? Are you satisfied with it?

Your point is one, that economic integration in the Southeast has not been strong and that it is necessary for it to be strong. When I was sworn in as governor of Anambra State, my inauguration speech was titled ‘think home.’ I asked our people to invest everywhere they are investing, but to remember home also. We must have a strong home base. That helps us to deal with problems from outside. We must have a strong home base. And it is inevitable for our success that we have a strong home base. You gave the example of Enugu Airport being federal and Anambra Airport not making progress; Ebonyi talking about airport, but the one we have in Enugu was abandoned and we are waiting for the Federal Government to come and build it for us. Yes, Federal Government has been building for other people, but we know that Federal Government does not care for Southeast. If the Federal Government does not care for us, should we not care for ourselves, also? This is the point you are making. And I agree totally with it. The economic integration of the Southeast should be very strong; it should be planned. Effort was made before to plan it, but it didn’t go far. Today, we have to find a way to design a commission that plans the development of the Southeast. I am proposing a new leadership model for the Southeast so that even the governors we bring out will be people who know their onions and know what to do to boost the economy of the Southeast. The way things are done now, anybody who has money comes out to contest for governor and when he wins, it is his business. The development of Southeast is the responsibility of Southeast and we can jointly face it. And if you are to be governor, we must approve you as somebody who can help develop Southeast. If you are to just bring money, share it and become governor that will be a thing of the past by the time we get the right leadership which we are now working on.

Chukwuemeka Ezeife


What are your predictions for the year 2020? What do you foresee for Nigeria in 2020?

It is very bad now, 2019; and has been progressively bad for at least four years. As I said in one of my interviews, man has failed Nigeria. What do we do? The only thing is to go back to God and beg Him to produce a change. And we hope that that change will come even within 2019 or not later than Easter 2020. Change that we desire for progress. It can be change of attitude. It can be other changes. But there is need for change and we pray God that change comes before Easter.


#Newsworthy…

Emir sanusi appealed Nigerians on child bearing.

…says bare the ones you can cater for


Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has appealed to Nigerians across the country to give birth to only children they can cater for.

The Kano Monarch who spoke at the opening of the 108th edition of Islamic Vocation Course (IVC) organized by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) Zone B, stated that the Almajiri menace that has plagued the northern region of Nigeria is not a religious issue but a social issue that needs urgent attention.


Sanusi also implored male Muslim faithfuls to only marry the number of women they can take care of as there is need to educate every child especially the out-of-school children.

He said;

“If we continued this way, about 40 per cent extremely poor people will be in Nigeria. Poverty in the South West is 20 percent, in the North, it is 80 percent, Lagos is 8 per cent and Zamfara, it is 91 per cent.

“We have been talking about Almajiri for over 30 years. Why are people having families they cannot maintain? Why are people marrying wives that they cannot maintain? The condition is that you are able to provide for your family.

“Instead of having many children, why not have the ones you can cater for? These are the fundamental questions we should ask ourselves. Most of these children roaming about the streets will be adult in the next twenty years and they will be the ones recruited as political thugs by the politicians in the next twenty years, if we don’t take good care of them now. This is my own advice that we must look at. These are not religious issues, they are social issues that need to be addressed”.


#Newsworthy…

Nigerians are fine and not hungry – Garba Shehu defends PMB’s “cabal”.


…deserve the criticism they get

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu has once again defended the alleged cabal in President Buhari’s administration.

Garba Shehu who appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today on December 25, debunked claims of the cabal influencing key decisions in President Buhari’s government. He insisted that the cabal in the presidency are not hungry individuals and do not deserve the criticism they get from Nigerians.


He also recalled how Nigerians believed former Presidents Umaru Yar’adua and Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinets were influenced by cabals.

Garba Shehu said;

“A lot of people who are being dragged into this cabal thing, they are respectable Nigerians who have achieved a lot for themselves and for the nation. They are not there as hungry people who are there to grab things for themselves.”


The Presidential spokesperson who refused to join words with first lady Aisha Buhari over claims of her husband being a willing tool to members of the cabal which allegedly include a relative of the president, Mamman Daura; an associate of the president, Isa Funtua; and the Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari, he however dispelled rumours of the cabal members having a sinister motive.

Garba Shehu maintained that it is a privilege to be appointed into the President’s cabinet and also warned Nigerians against attaching the ‘cabal’ tag to certain individuals simply because they offered to serve the nation by being close to the President.



He said;

“Nigerians have formed the practice by labelling people that are in some advisable positions of the President as a cabal.

“People (cabals) should not be labelled negatively simply because they have offered themselves to support the President of this country.”


#Newsworthy…

I hope I will be spoken well of after my reign – Buhari troubles.

… resources will be judiciously used

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday declared 2019 as a very successful year for the nation, thanking Nigerians for believing in him and supporting his administration.

He said this when he received residents of Abuja led by Muhammad Bello, minister of federal capital territory (FCT) during the traditional Christmas Day homage.

Buhari said his administration would continue to do the utmost best to effectively utilise national resources to rebuild the country.

The president also reassured Nigerians that he is conscious of his duty, saying: ‘‘I swore to hold this office in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and God willing, I will follow the system diligently to the end of my term and I hope history will be kind to me and Nigerians.’’

The president told the delegation, comprising religious, traditional and political leaders as well top civil servants and members of the press: ‘‘You are our eyes and ears, we have to listen to you and I hope you are encouraging your constituencies that this leadership means well and is concerned about them.’’

Buhari said the “extreme infrastructure deficit” inherited by his administration was worsened by the volatility in the oil market and the activities of militants in the Niger Delta.

He, however, expressed confidence that in the last four years the federal government had recorded sustainable progress in mobilising resources to rebuild infrastructure across the country.

‘‘This administration sincerely believes that if you get infrastructure right, most Nigerians will mind their own businesses. They may not even care who is in government,” he said.

‘‘But when you deny them infrastructural facilities then there is nothing they can do. But I can assure you that I thank Nigerians very much from the bottom of my heart.

“When I travelled to all the 36 states before the elections, what I personally observed and the number of Nigerians that turned up in every state to see and listen to me, are more than what anybody can pay or force.

“What I saw made me believe that the majority of Nigerians understand and sympathise with me.”

While hosting Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at his residence, President Buhari assured that the country’s resources will be judiciously used for the benefits of all Nigerians.

He said with the right infrastructure in place Nigerians would not bother who the president is or who is in government, as they will mind their businesses.

Minister of FCT, in his remarks said they were in the Presidential Villa to pay Christmas homage and to thank President Buhari for the support given to the FCT.

“We thank God for bringing us this far, we started 2019 with a lot hope and a lot of challenges.

“A year ago when we came, we had elections before us. We were faced with a lot of challenges from within and without from parties that never wished the nation well.

”By the grace of God campaigns were completed successfully, by the grace of God inauguration was done successfully, by the grace of God we celebrated June 12 as our new Democracy Day.

“All these many people thought they could not have come to pass. By the grace of God the ninth Assembly was inaugurated and the leadership of the assembly were elected, by the grace of God the budget was passed and signed into law. All these we need to reflect and thank God for all we have been able to achieve under your able leadership.

#Newsworthy…

Nigerian Lady accused government of concealing crimes.

A data journalist has accused the Nigerian government of concealing crimes against citizens.

@thefaridaadu tweeted: “My dad was killed in Mangu and before we could find him, they had already buried him and many other people that were killed that day.
I’m not writing this for condolences , please don’t say sorry. Just need you to have an idea the crimes your government is concealing.”

She added: “The people who killed my father still go around free.They have probably gone ahead to kill more people. Never seen a more reckless state and administration.”

She also tweeted:

Damaturu is burning few days to Christmas. I don’t know what to type.

I’m just angry, angry that this insurgency has been on for a decade and it appears they are getting more reinforcements.

This government that ‘accidentally’ air raided an IDP camp but cannot… never mind ??‍??

Nigerian lady whose dad was killed and buried in secret along with many others, accuses the Nigerian government of concealing crimes

Nigerian lady whose dad was killed and buried in secret along with many others, accuses the Nigerian government of concealing crimes

#Newsworthy…

Ondo: Popular OAP and comedian Sweet Steve dies in brutal accident; Nigerians mourn. (Graphic Photos)

Sweet Steve is currently trending on Twitter as Nigerians mourn and pay tribute to popular Ondo state OAP and comedian, Steve, who died this morning in an accident.

The Orange FM OAP was involved in an accident along Ondo road early this morning. He reportedly went into a coma and later passed on.

Everyone who has met him took to Twitter to write about their encounter with him and how he was kind, humble, and always ready to help everyone, including upcoming talents.

The tributes are so numerous that his name is now one of the trending topics on Twitter.

May he rest in peace. Amen.

Nigerians mourn as popular Ondo OAP and comedian, Sweet Steve dies in an accident this morning

Nigerians mourn as popular Ondo OAP and comedian, Sweet Steve dies in an accident this morning

Nigerians mourn as popular Ondo OAP and comedian, Sweet Steve dies in an accident this morning

Nigerians mourn as popular Ondo OAP and comedian, Sweet Steve dies in an accident this morning

#Newsworthy…

Nigerians now understanding the purpose of ‘Hate speech bill’ – Senate

…many now in support

Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, says the controversial hate speech bill is currently receiving massive support from Nigerians. The bill since its introduction into the red chambers, has faced stiff opposition from many Nigerians who believe it is a means to gag members of the opposition.

However in a statement released today, Abdullahi who is sponsoring the bill, says it has so far received massive support from Nigerians across the country.

“I can tell you that the bill is receiving strong support from Nigerians across the country. Notable personalities across various professions are beginning to speak out in support of the bill in the media. This is not to leave out some members of the academia that are rallying support for the bill’s passage by the National Assembly.” he said

He added that only those that are against the unity of Nigeria are against the hate speech bill.

“Like I have always stated, only those who are against the unity of Nigeria will oppose the bill by hiding under guise of protecting ‘Free Speech’. The Hate Speech Bill targets acts of discrimination and absolutely not Freedom of Speech as those with sinister motives who are opposed to the bill are trying to mislead Nigerians into believing. Before Nigeria is consumed by religious and ethnic violence, we must all rise to save the country from people using hate speech for personal gains.” his statement read

#Newsworthy…

Nigerian doctor warns men who keeps condom in their pocket.

As tweeted;

#Newsworthy…

Nigerians to start paying $80 when applying for a Schengen visa.

…from February 2020

Starting February 2020, Nigerian citizens will need to pay a fee of €80 instead of €60 when applying for a Schengen Visa from Nigeria. Children too, will have to pay €40 instead of €35, as it is currently.

Nigeria will be subject to several changes in terms of visa application procedures, rules and benefits, starting from Monday, February 2, 2020. Due to the implementation of the Updated Schengen Visa Code, adopted by the EU Council in June 2019, all representative missions of the Schengen Countries located abroad are obliged to apply the new rules, including the ones in Nigeria.

“Since Regulation (EU) 2019/1155 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 amending Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) is binding in its entirety, and is directly applicable in all EU Member States in accordance with the Treaties, all Schengen countries, including Lithuania, will apply it from 2 February 2020,” an official from the Information Monitoring and Media Division of Lithuania explained for schengenvisainfo.com.

The new rules also permit Nigerians to submit an application up to six months in advance of their trip, instead of three as it is now, and foresee a harmonized approach to the issuing of multiple entry visas with lengthier validity to regular travelers with a positive visa history.

According to SchengenVisaInfo.com, Member States that are not represented in Nigeria in terms of visa admission, are now obliged to cooperate with external service providers, in order to facilitate visa application for travelers. The external service providers are allowed to charge a service fee, which cannot be higher than the visa fee.

This means Nigerians applying at an external visa service provider may have to pay up to €160 per visa application, if the external service providers set the maximum service fee permitted, which is €80. In addition, the updated Visa Code introduces a mechanism that assesses whether the visa fees should change, every three years.

Another mechanism that will use visa processing as leverage will be introduced, in a bid to improve cooperation with third countries on readmission. According to Gent Ukëhajdaraj from SchengenVisaInfo.com, due to this mechanism the fees may increase even to €160, if the EU authorities see it necessary.

“A visa fee of €120 or €160 will apply to non-cooperative third-countries, in cases when the EU Commission considers that action is needed in order to improve the level of cooperation of the third country concerned and the Union’s overall relations with that third country,” Ukëhajdaraj explains, adding that this provision shall not apply to children under 12 years old.

The mechanism may also shorten visa validity, and introduce prolonged visa processing periods.

Statistics by SchengenVisaInfo.com show that in 2018, Schengen embassies and consulates in Nigeria processed 88,587 visa applications, 44,076 of which were rejected thus marking the highest rejection rate of 49.8% among all third-countries in need of visas.

France was the top favorite country for visa submission, as 33,308 of the applications submitted in Nigeria were for Schengen visas to France, followed by Italy with 13,295 and Germany with 10,847 applications.

In terms of expenditures, in 2018, Nigerians spent €5,315,220 in visa applications to Europe, €2,644,560 of which money was spent by applicants who had their visas rejected.

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Lawmaker, Ben died from unhealed protracted illness.

Lawmaker, Ben Uwajumogu, has died after a protracted illness.

Uwajumogu, who died on Wednesday morning in Abuja, was 51 years old at the time of his passing.

Confirming the incident, Senator Elisha Abbo told Premium Times that, “I can confirm that my colleague and brother, Ben Uwajumogu, has left us to be with the Lord.”

Uwajumogu was a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the upper legislative arm – Senate.

He was initially treated in the United Arab Emirates for his protracted illness but recently returned to Abuja after showing signs of recovery, according to a source familiar with his situation.

The Senate has yet to formally announce the development.

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Nigerians reacts to Naira Marley’s ‘Tesumole’ Dance Step

Controversial singer Naira Marley is currently trending on social media, following the release of his new EP, ‘Lord of Lamba.’

The music entertainer also he introduced a new dance step which he termed Tesumola in the new EP.

Reacting to the new dance step, fans have pointed out that the new dance is only a combination of some frog jump and exercise.

Since the introduction of the new dance step, his fans have since started learning how to render the new moves.

See what people are saying

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Many Nigerian youths not employed – Chris Ngige.

…says many are unemployable

Minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige has raised an alarm over the high level of unemployable youths in the country.

The Minister who spoke at the 2019 National Migration Dialogue at the State House in Abuja on Tuesday December 17, disclosed that they have established linkages with the Ministry of Education, Industry, Trade and Investment, Youth and Sports, and Agriculture to address the issue.

He said;

“Nigeria is over 200 million and about 60 per cent are youths who need employment. Unfortunately, only 10 per cent have decent jobs.

“Many are unemployable while others are not employed.

“We are working that they get job so that they can have a roof over their heads, feed and enjoy life.

“We have established linkages with the Ministry of Education, Industry, Trade and Investment, Youth and Sports, and Agriculture.

“We want to look at our curriculum so that our people can have skills that can be exported.”

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