T.I. comes through with yet another new album project titled “The L.I.B.R.A.”
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Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., better known by the stage names T.I. and Tip, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. Harris signed his first major-label record deal in 1999 with Arista subsidiary LaFace.
They don’t want me to win, they don’t want me to eat They don’t want to see a young black man succeed They don’t want to see me take my brothers out of the streets They don’t want me They don’t want me to sleep, they don’t want me to dream They don’t want to see my people livin’ good and at ease They wanna lock ’em all up and then get rid of the keys We ain’t never free
I’m grateful for life and the prize I reap Every day and every night, I get on my knees And I pray for my guys and they families Hope the Lord hear me I can only imagine the pain and the grief From the innocent mothers with all the shit they had to see When you lose the ones you love to the fuckin’ police, it cuts deep
The Federal Government says it will not be distracted by the “baseless” rating of the Transparency International which ranked Nigeria low in its latest international Corruption Perception index.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the government position on Wednesday in London when he featured on respective interview session by some international media organisations.
NobleReporters reports the minister had so far engaged with international media outfits including. Reuters News Agency, BBC, Financial Times and The Guardian since he arrived in London on Monday.
Reacting to the TI rating, the minister said that the position by the organisation that Nigeria is doing worse in fighting corruption is incorrect and the government is unhappy about the development.
“In any event, we are not fighting corruption because we want to impress any organisation.
“We are fighting corruption because we believed that without fighting the menace, the much-sought development will not happen and we have results to show for fighting corruption.
“We have put in place policies and legislations that have tamed the monster called corruption.
“For instance, apart from the TSA which has saved us billions of Naira, we put in place transparency portal which enables every Nigerians to see how much is being spent by the government every day.
“Under the transparency portal regulation, any expenditure above N5 billion must be reported and that gives every Nigerian the opportunity to know exactly what is going on.
“We will continue to fight corruption and we know that we are winning the war,” he said.
The minister stressed that for the first time in the history of the country, high profile people have been convicted of corruption charges.
“For those who say that the anti-corruption fight is selective, how do you say that when serving Senator’s past governors who were members of the ruling party are now serving jail terms’” he said
Mohammed recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, won election based on his promise to fight corruption and he was re-elected overwhelmingly in 2019 because of his achievements in that regard among others.
He, therefore, called on Nigerians to continue to support and encourage the government in the fight against corruption and disregard the baseless rating of the TI.
N.Rs reports that in the latest TI rating, Nigeria was ranked 146 out of the 180 countries that were surveyed worldwide
By the rating, Nigeria slipped from 144th to 146th position in the corruption perception index, falling by 26 points, a minus of one when compared to its score in 2018.
Transparency International, the world’s foremost coalition against corruption, has said that Nigeria’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), frustrated high-profiled cases since he assumed office in 2015 and has not been at the forefront of anti-corruption fight.
The organisation alleged that Malami had not prosecuted any corruption case in about five years he had been in office but had watered down cases that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was investigating or that were before the court.
TI’s representative in Nigeria, Mr Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, made the allegation in an interview with THISDAY while defending the 2019 Corruption Perception Index of the organisation, which measured corruption in 180 countries and territories.
The CPI, which the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, TI’s chapter in Nigeria, released on Thursday, revealed that Nigeria scored 26 out of 100 points in the 2019 CPI, falling back by one point when compared with the 2018 report.
In the country comparison, the CPI revealed that Nigeria “ranks 146 out of 180 countries – two places down compared to 2018 results. While the index does not show real incidences of corruption, it is a reliable indication of the perception of the Nigerian public and the international community about the state of corruption in the country.”
Disappointed at Nigeria’s rating on TI’s corruption index, Malami condemned the 2019 CPI that placed the country at 146 out of the 180 countries and territories globally, noting that there was no evidence to back the country’s rating.
In a statement by its acting spokesperson, Mr Tony Orilade, on Friday, the EFCC faulted Nigeria’s poor rating on the index, questioning the bogus and ambiguous criteria TI used to arrive at what it called “a jaundiced and illogical rating.”
But in a conversation with THISDAY, Rafsanjani challenged Malami to present one corruption case he had prosecuted since he assumed office in 2015, noting that the AGF in four years had not prosecuted any corruption case.
Rather, TI’s contact person alleged that the AGF watered down corruption cases that the EFCC had been investigating before Malami assumed office or the graft cases that had been filed at the court before he took over as the justice minister.
Citing different corruption cases the AGF allegedly frustrated, Rafsanjani explained how Malami prevailed on President Muhammadu Buhari to drop the Malabu oil scandal at the initial stage.
He said, “Malami misled the President that there was no case in the Malabu oil deal contrary to the position of the EFCC. That is why the case did not go on for a very long time. Until the EFCC insisted on prosecuting the case, the Malabu oil scandal has been swept under the carpet.”
He also explained how the AGF withdrew the corruption case against former Gombe State governor and a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, Danjuma Goje in 2019 after Goje stepped down to context the election of the President of the Senate.
He alleged that the AGF “applied for the withdrawal of the charges even though EFCC had filed N25bn corruption charges against Goje alongside a former Executive Chairman of Gombe State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Aliyu El-Nafaty.”
Rafsanjani, also, explained how Malami stopped the prosecution of former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki for allegedly forging the Senate rules to conduct the election of principal officers.
Since 2015 the attorney general had been in office, Rafsanjani claimed that he “has not gone to court to prosecute any corruption case. Rather, he has watered down corruption charges in courts or those under investigation at the EFCC.
“Rather than dismissing the TI’s corruption index, the federal government should review areas where we need to improve on the efforts of fighting corruption,” TI’s representative advised.
He, therefore, justified the corruption perception index on Nigeria, noting that it “is the perception of citizens in Nigeria. This has nothing to do with what EFCC or ICPC is doing.”
In Nigeria, Rafsanjani lamented that public offices “are abused and electoral processes at all level compromised. When they go to hospital, they encounter corruption. When they go to police either on the road or at the police station, they encounter corruption.
“When students are seeking placements in the tertiary institutions nationwide, they encounter corruption. When they go to process international passport or driver’s licence, they encounter corruption. This has nothing to do with what EFCC or ICPC is doing.”
Rafsanjani lamented that the critics of the 2019 CPI did not read the report, noting that in the same index, specifically, the ratings of Canada and the US dropped.
He therefore challenged critics of the 2019 CPI to come out and present facts that contradict the Corruption Perception Index on Nigeria.
He said, “In fact, government does not need Transparency International to know there is corruption in Nigeria.
“It is something that is happening on daily basis. If they are saying there is no corruption, let them come out and contradict the CPI with facts and figures. Any official that dismisses the CPI is actually the beneficiary of corruption. It is the perception of citizens in Nigeria.”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been accused of stealing a photo of the eagle in its logo, after it took to Twitter to counter Transparency International on rating Nigeria 146 out of 180 corrupt countries in the world.
Recall that in Transparency International’s latest report, Nigeria ranks 146 out of the 180 countries with a score of 26 and it was also ranked as the 16-most corrupt nation in Africa. in 2019, the West African nation ranked 144 out of 180 nations with a CPI score of 27.
However the EFCC described the recent report as “baseless” and “illogical”. According to the anti-graft agency, the rating is a far cry from the evident strides and achievements so far accomplished in its fight against corruption particularly under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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However Nigerian Tech expert, Editi Effiong who reacted to the statement accused the EFCC of not only being corrupt but also stealing the eagle in its logo from the internet.
Kanye West has defended T.I after he publicly revealed in November that he takes his 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah Harris to the gynecologist to check her hymen and to confirm if she’s still a virgin.
The rapper was speaking at the one-year anniversary of his Sunday services at Union Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter that offers food and spiritual guidance to those in need when he reacted to T.I’s comment on his daughter’s virginity checks.
In the video below, Kanye West said: “I ain’t tellin nobody what to do, I’m expressin’ what I’ve been through. ‘Cause you know people love to take a soundbite and say, ‘This was not exactly devil-approved by the internet,” West says in the video clip.
He continued, “They tryna play T.I., but he’s talkin about somethin that’s God-approved.” The statement is met with silence from the audience.
Recall T.I’s comments angered many online after he revealed that he regularly goes to gynecologist appointments with his 18-year-old daughter Deyjah but has no problem with his 15-year-old son who is sexually active. NobleReporters
“Not only have we had the conversation, we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen.”
He continues: “Yes, Yes I go with her. I go with her. So it’s this one time we go, I think this might have been after her 16th birthday. This is what we do… Usually, like the day after the [birthday] party, she’s enjoying her gifts. I put a sticky note on the door: ‘Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30.’ ”
The rapper later defended his controversial comments and apologised to his daughter.
During a previous interview on Red Table, the rapper said he’s “incredibly apologetic” to his daughter Deyjah Harris.
“She did have a problem with me talking about it and I understand that and I am incredibly apologetic to her for that,” T.I. said. “Not to any of these other strangers and any of these weirdos who just kind of toss lies around.”
He also said that his intentions “have been terribly misconstrued and misconceived.”
“I never said I was in any exam room. That is an assumption; that is a falsity. I never said it was being done present-day as an 18-year-old. I never said that her mother wasn’t present,” T.I. said.
“All of this false narrative has just been sensationalized.”