Saturday, 4 July 2015

BREAKING NEWS: NFF Sacks Super Eagles Coach, Stephen keshi

The Nigeria Football Federation has terminated the appointment of Stephen Keshi as Head Coach of the Senior National Football Team, Super Eagles.

A statement by the NFF Executive Committee on Saturday said this decision was made, “having thoroughly reviewed the reports/findings of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and NFF Technical and Development Committee, as well as having reviewed the actions and inactions of Mr. Stephen Keshi, in the performance of his duties as Super Eagles’ Head Coach, which we found to lack the required commitment to achieve the Federation’s objectives as set out in the Coach’s employment contract.”

The statement went further: “To this end and pursuant to the provisions of Clause 4.3 of the Employment Contract between Mr. Stephen Keshi and the NFF (The Contract) and the various clauses therein, the Nigeria Football Federation has decided to exercise its option to summarily terminate the employment contract of Mr. Stephen Keshi with the Federation with immediate effect.”

It added that the termination was “without prejudice to the settlement of any existing and due financial obligations between the NFF and Mr. Keshi.”

NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, speaking on behalf of the entire Executive Committee of NFF, assured Nigerians that the decision was not taken lightly or with any prejudice, but in the ultimate interest of Nigeria football. He thanked Mr. Keshi for his services to the country and wished him the very best in his future endeavours.

“In the interim, the Super Eagles’ team affairs will be jointly managed by Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf and the Technical Directorate of the NFF headed by Coach Shuaibu Amodu, until the Federation names in due course a new Head Coach, who, along with the NFF will chart a new direction for the Super Eagles to ensure credible participation in international competitions and assist in building a sustainable football culture for the country".
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HILARIOUS!!!!A woman Steals Flat Screen TV By Stuffing It Up Her Dress|Video Download

A woman stunned shop workers when she walked into their store, picked up a flat screen TV which was still in its packaging, then wedged it between her legs and walked off.

And she did it all in just 13 seconds. 

CCTV footage shows the woman and her accomplice strolling into the shop in the town of Guapiles in Central Costa Rica, before spotting a pile of flat screen TVs. 

After quickly looking around the store the woman is seen picking up the TV, straddling it, straightening her ankle-length dress and then walking off with it wedged between her thighs.

  1. WATCH: Woman Thief Stuffing a Plasma TV Under Her Skirt | Woman Steals Flat Screen TV Under Dress

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Buhari promises to investigate political assassinations, kidnappings

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said all cases of political assassinations, intimidation and kidnappings in the country will be  thoroughly investigated and perpetrators speedily brought to justice, irrespective of their political affiliations.

He gave the assurance while addressing state chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at a parley in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari, according to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, declared that he remains fully committed to providing a level playing field for all Nigerians to get on with their daily lives or participate in electing their leaders, without fear of intimidation.
Buhari insisted that his administration will continuously strengthen Nigeria’s criminal justice system to curb the reign of injustice and impunity in the country.
The statement reads: “At every point, the law must be supreme and everyone must respect the law, if our democratic system is to survive.

“Injustice cannot survive for long.  Justice will ultimately prevail. We will make sure that those saddled with the responsibility of ensuring justice and equity will not rest on their oars.
“The only way we can sustain our democracy is to ensure that the law remains supreme at all times. If the law is upheld, people will have confidence that they can vote for who they want to vote for, without intimidation or threats. People must have protection to exercise their rights freely or we could be headed for anarchy.

“The police and the judiciary must ensure that justice is done in the country.  We won’t allow impunity to continue in certain states, where the rights of the people are being violated.
“I have a personal commitment to fair play and respect of personal rights. This government will do all that is possible to enforce that.

“My address to National Executive Council of the APC was very clear. We are now in the frontline.  We are the party in government. We must lead by good example and consolidate on the gains of our democratic system.”
Buhari urged the party chairmen and other political leaders in the country to keep to prescribed legal processes for the resolution of political disputes and never resort to violence, criminality and other forms of unacceptable behavior in seeking redress for any perceived injustice.
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PHOTO: See What Military Men Did To A Youth Leader In Jos

This is the case that is in the airwaves of every radio station in Jos. My fellow Josites can attest to that.

This young man named Pam is the youth leader of state lowcost in Jos. He went to the ATM to withdraw 100,000naira for his house rent. He was the only person that the ATM paid leaving others stranded, so the military men needed money urgently & they ask him to give them the 100,000naira and come to their base in sector 6 the following day to collect his money, but the man could not give them because he has something very important to do with the money(house rent). So the military guys beat the hell out of him and collected the cash. When the STF commander Major Gen. Chris Enete was called on a life program on Silverbird 93.7fm Jos, he said they should please come to his office at the STF headquarters so that he will take appropriate sanction on those military men involved because it is what he described as indiscipline. He also promised that the guy's money will be refunded to him and the military will also take full responsibility of his medical bill. He is currently on admission at Parkview hospital opp. Solomon Lar Amusement Park.

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PHOTOS: Bus driver beaten and injured by policeman along Lekki Toll Gate

The driver pictured above bleeding, hit and scratched the car of a police man named Azeez Adebayo, who rather than do things the proper way, came down from his car and attacked the man. The bus driver was later rescued and given quick first aid treatment. More pictures after the cut...

Photo Credit: @yekeme
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BREAKING NEWS: President Buhari Sacks His CSO,Abdulrahman Mani and Appoints Usman

Reports reaching have it that President Buhari has sacked his CSO Abdulrahman Mani and also appointed Abubarka Usman as replacement.

More details to come
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Nigerian Soldiers Recover A Jeep Loaded With Bomb In Maiduguri

A jeep full of Improvised Explosives Devises was among the weapons recovered by troops conducting Cordon and Search Operations after suicide bombing attacks on Zabamari Muna near Maiduguri. The jeep along with 2 hilux vehicles being used by terrorists were destroyed in the course of pursuit and encounter with a group of terrorists trying to escape after simultaneous attacks on targets in the communities Thursday and Friday.

A total of 6 suicide bombers had detonated themselves around the garage killing scores of people while some people were also wounded. A soldier also died.

Military Explosives Ordinance experts backed by Police Bomb Disposal Units are continuing with vigorous search for any bombs that might have been hidden or left unexploded in the area.

Meanwhile, all other offensive operations of counterterrorist campaign against terrorists continuing in various fronts. Additional deployment of men and equipment to enhance the scope of the mission both within the country and at borders are also continuing.
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PHOTOS: Buhari Meets With The 36 State Chairmen Of APC & FCT

Consultation continues as President Buhari today met with the 36 state chairmen of APC and that of the FCT

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Landlord’s Son Stabs Tenant To Death Over Electricity Bill

At least one per­son was allegedly killed and about five houses set ablaze yesterday at Aku­zor Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State, by irate mob in protest over the killing of a tenant by his landlord’s son.

Trouble started when a tenant simply identified as, David was attacked by a landlord and his family for allegedly owing electricity bill.

As the tenant was being beaten, one of the land­lord’s sons, Tochukwu, stabbed the tenant with a knife from the back and the knife pierced through and surfaced at his stomach. He slumped and died.

It was gathered that be­fore the stabbing, the land­lord’s daughter had earlier hit the tenant with electric pressing iron on his face which made him to lose his teeth.

Noticing that the tenant has died, sympathisers and passers-by mobilised into a mob and set five houses and a car belonging to the land­lord ablaze.

Consequently, tenants who lived in some of the houses quickly removed their properties before the mob set the entire houses ablaze despite efforts made by the police to stop them.

When Contacted, the Ogidi Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Mr. Hassan Musa confirmed the inci­dent adding that the land­lord has been arrested and case file transferred to the State Intelligent and In­vestigation Bureau, SIIB, Awka for further investiga­tion.

He said the team from his division tried to stop the angry mob from destroy­ing or setting the houses ablaze, but they eventually scaled the wall through the back and set them ablaze

The DPO noted that the corpse of the victim has been deposited at Iyi-enu Morgue, while the police have declared a manhunt for the suspect and his sis­ter that hit the deceased with a pressing iron

As at the time of filing this report, some tenants were seen packing their properties out of the prem­ises under Police watch.
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PHOTO: Man Returns From Mortuary After Confirmed Dead

Bola Julius, a 38 years old man is a fashion designer and father of three. But his story is not about his prowess in creating apparels. That’s far from it. His is a touchy and emotional account of his misfortune and adventure into the dark alleys of life.

On December 21, 2010, he was dumped in the mortuary where he slept with the dead by those who picked him from the scene of a ghastly auto accident, on his way to Lagos to buy textile materials for his trade.

Today, those legs that used to dance on the sewing machines are shattered and his wife of many years had since bolted with his children and abandoned him to his fate.

On that ill-fated day, Julius had worked till the afternoon and when he closed his shop to prepare for the trip, he had no premonition of the stragedy that would befall him and change the course of his life.

Accomplished designer

Before the unfortunate incident, he was an accomplished fashion designer with a flourishing workshop by Tantalizers, in Garki, where he made clothes for the high and privileged in the nation’s capital city. Indeed, his design wizardry was renowned and attracted high class clientele in the elite circles including wives of governors, ministers, lawmakers, and other powerful Abuja residents. With perfection, he delivered styles that would have amazed renowned international brands in designing, a feat that made many doubt if his creations were actually from Nigeria.

But that was once upon a time. Today, the story is different. After several months in the hospital, the life of the once popular designer has changed from rich to penury, as he has sold everything including landed properties, sewing machines and his life savings to offset his accumulated hospital bills. Abandoned by his wife and children, Julius is now left alone in his rented apartment at Maraba, Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, at the mercy of good neighbours that assist him into the bathroom to take his bath and nature’s call.

Nevertheless, the distraught fashion designer said there is still light at the end of the dark tunnel of his life he wallows in because his creativity is still intact. He could still design clothes well, though at a slower pace, since he could no longer handle manual sewing machines because of the conditions of his legs.

Back from the dead

The story is better told by this victim of circumstances of life.

And he narrated to Abuja Metro that: “It was on December 21, 2010, a peak period of my business with Christmas just approaching. I boarded a luxury bus in the evening at Nyanya, a satellite town at the outskirts of Abuja.

“Once inside the bus, I quickly drifted into a very deep sleep as the vehicle journeyed at night and was oblivious of what was happening around me. I only woke up in the morning in pains at the General Hospital Owo, Ondo State to discover that the vehicle had been involved in a fatal accident that claimed the lives of all the passengers on board but one. I was among those considered dead and already deposited at the morgue. It was at this point that someone noticed a twitch of my fingers and then a faint movement and quickly transferred me to the emergency ward. I am indeed lucky to be the second person to survive the crash. I actually came back from the dead.”

Eight months in hospital

I was transferred to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, UATH, Gwagwalada, the third day after the crash. I spent the next eight months there and as bills kept mounting, I had no choice but to dispose of my landed property, some sewing machines in addition to the money I had in the bank in order to raise over a million naira. I even lost my shop and all the textile materials of several customers plundered by my apprentice that did not ever think I would survive the accident.

My legs were badly crushed and when medical treatment seemed not to avail much after gulping all my savings and livelihood, I travelled to Osun State for traditional treatment.

Crashed from height

I used to design clothes for some people of high standing in the country – ministers’ wives, some other clients were who were members of the National Assembly. As a matter of fact, I used to sew clothes for the family of the governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson.

Most of my customers thought I was dead and long buried when in fact, it was my leg that is seriously affected and I still want to make the best out of life.

Wife absconds

He told Abuja Metro how Mrs. Seriake Dickson helped to get his wife a job with the Nigerian Civil Defence out of compassion for the family but his wife reciprocated by deserting him when he most needed her.

With cold tears dripping from his eye, Bola said, “my wife, Monisola Julius who had stayed with me since we got married in 2001 and who endured my travail for two years, picked everything in the house

together with our three children; our first daughter is 14 years old and in SS1, the second is a boy that is 12 years old while the last child is only eight years old. She relocated to another place entirely with our three children during my trip to Osun State.

Rude shock

When she told me she was leaving on the phone, I thought it was a joke but I returned to Abuja only two weeks ago to discover it is true.

This heightened my sense of loss and made me to despair of life itself initially.

I am resolved now to pull through by God’s grace and by the help and support of people. My wife’s behaviour changed dramatically when she got the job, which was meant to bring relief to our family. She started coming home late and even left our church and started attending another church despite warnings not to do so. Honestly, I did not see this coming and she rebuffed all efforts to get her back to the path of reason

I will bounce back

I have accepted all that happened as my fate and I am determined to come out this dark path into the light someday, soon. I thank God I still have my creativity intact. I can still design clothes very well.

I have been doing it though at a much slower pace because I can no longer handle manual sewing machine because my legs are no longer functional and I do not have a shop where customers can locate me. It is never my desire to be an invalid relying on charity to survive.

So, I want to use this medium to appeal for help. All I need is a shop in town where I can have constant electricity and use electric sewing machines instead of manual ones and I am sure that some of my old customers will come back and bring many others with them. About N600,000 will pull my business back on track, he solicited.
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APC’s Lawyer Beaten & Arrested At Enugu Governorship Tribunal

It was a show of shame at the premises of the Enugu State High Court venue of the State Governorship Election Tribunal on Thursday at it turned into a battle field.

Trouble started when supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, Chief Okey Ezea engaged one of his lawyers, Mr. George Ogara in a fight outside the court room over who should represent him and the APC in the matter.

Ezea is challenging the election of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

His supporters engaged one of his lawyers, Mr. George Ogara in a free-for-all for refusing to surrender the documents and exhibits relating to the petition.

When the lawyer, Mr. Ogara refused to surrender the document and insisted on going ahead with the petition, he was arrested by a team of policemen who towed his car containing the documents packed in three Ghana-Must-Go bags to an unknown destination.

The Petitioners, Chief Barrister Okey Ezea and the APC filed petition number EPT/ENU/GOV/01/2015 against Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Peoples Democratic Party, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Resident Electoral Commissioner, Enugu State and Returning Officer for Enugu State Governorship Election, Professor Hillary Edeoga.

In the petition, Ezea claimed among other prayers for an order declaring him (Ezea) as validly elected and be returned as the winner of the gubernatorial election held in Enugu State on 11th April 2015.

In the alternative, the petitioners sought an order of the tribunal nullifying the election conducted in all the 17 local government areas of the state on grounds of corrupt practices and massive electoral fraud.

The petition was prepared by Chief A. O. Giwa, Phd, Harold Aboloje Esq, S. O. Olukwu, Zino Isaac-Akpoarebe, T. George, Chijioke Emeka, B. Nebe and it was signed by T. George and Barrister Okey Ezea.

From the first day the petition came up in court on May 16, 2015, the Petitioner was represented by George Ogara and Peter Ugwu and they continued to appear for the petitioners on subsequent dates.

On June 15, 2015 the petition was called up and George Ogara announced appearance for the petitioners, Chief A. O. Giwa also announced appearance for the petitioners but in the confusion, the tribunal enquired as to who was the actual counsel for the petitioners.

It was, however, suggested that George Ogara should allow Giwa to lead him, since A.O Giwa’s name appeared on the list of counsel but Ogara refused, saying he was the rightful counsel for the petitioners.

At this stage Giwa withdrew his appearance for the petitioner and excused himself from the proceedings. Ogara continued to appear for the petitioner on subsequent adjournments.

At the resumed hearing Thursday (July 2), when the petition was called up, the petitioner, Chief Ezea was present in court and his party, APC was also represented.

George Ogara appeared for the petitioners, Patrick Ikwueto, SAN with Tochuckwu Odo and Cyril Obika, appeared for the governor, Chief Mrs. A. J. Offia, SAN, PMB Onyia and Uche Onyekachi appeared for the PDP and Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, with Peter Eze, Onyinye Anumonye and E.S. Nri-Ezedi appeared for INEC.

The court gave its report on pre-hearing and scheduling for the hearing of the petition.

After that, B. N. Nebe Esq, who was among lawyers that prepared the petition stoop up and announced himself as the legal adviser of the APC informing the court that the petitioners had filed a notice of change of counsel and that the petitioners now wish to be represented by Solomon Akuma SAN.

He also applied for adjournment for five days to allow Akuma SAN to study the processes filed in the suit.

Ikwueto, SAN, PMB Onyia and Ikpeazu SAN, all opposed the application. They challenged the application on the ground that B, N. Nebe, who signed the notice of change of counsel is one of the lawyers whose names appeared on the petition as counsel already representing the petitioners.

The defence lawyers also argued that the name of George Ogara who had been appearing all along for the petitioner was not even contained in the petition as one of the counsels representing the petitioners, adding that all he had been doing all the while was holding brief for those whose names appeared on the petition including Nebe.

The defence lawyers further told the tribunal that the application for change of counsel was aimed at wasting time which the Electoral Act does not allow since under the Act election petitions are to be given expeditious hearing.

The defence lawyers finally argued that under the Electoral Act and Federal High Court rules, which also applies to Election Tribunals, “notice of change of counsel must be accompanied by an affidavit disclosing the reasons for the change but in this case there was no affidavit filed and no reason given.”

They therefore urged the court to discountenance the notice and go ahead with hearing of the case.

In response, George Ogara, said that Mr. Nebe did not obtain his consent before filing the notice of change of counsel and that it was not the practice for a junior counsel to debrief a senior counsel in the same matter.

He insisted that he was ready to go on with the petition.

In its ruling, the tribunal held that the application did not comply with the Electoral Act and High Court rules and therefore struck it out.

The tribunal adjourned to Monday July 6, 2015 to enable the petitioners sought out the issue of their representation.

But immediately the parties left the court room, counsel to the petitioners, George Ogara, the petitioner and members of APC were seen arguing fiercely at the booth of Ogara’s car expressing anger over the confusion created at the tribunal’s sitting earlier.

A little while later, the defence team and the APC members were seen dragging the three Ghana-must-go bags, with which George Ogara brought the documents relating to the case.

Ogara forcefully took the bags into his car, locked it and returned to the court room apparently to prevent the APC members from snatching them, but the atmosphere was charged as the petitioner and the APC members were bent on recovering the documents and exhibits from the lawyer.

One of the lawyers was seen heating his car outside and as George Ogara came out of the court to challenge the APC members, fight ensued between them and the policemen invited by Ezea arrested the lawyer and took him away.

At press time Thursday, George Ogara was still with the police, even as lawyers that appeared before the tribunal, who watched the unfortunate development condemned the invasion of the court premises by thugs.
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Bauchi State Governor appoints two special assistants for his wives

If this is true, then this is sad!
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Why Bola Tinubu boycotted APC NEC meeting yesterday - Report

More facts have emerged on why former Lagos State governor Bola Tinubu, and former governor of Osun State Chief Bisi Akande boycotted the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party yesterday. A member of the National Working Committee (NWC) who was at the meeting said the former Lagos State governor was aware that there were plans to humiliate him and his henchmen.
“Tinubu knew that some people were prepared to fight him. He would have been humiliated by some people”, the official said.
He disclosed that the earlier arrangement was to engage him in a brawl and compel him to leave the venue of the meeting in anger.
“Those who were to humiliate him were on ground but his absence saved the day”, the APC chieftain added.
He stated that the party leadership, sensing how rancorous the meeting may be , tinkered with the idea of barring journalists from covering it.

According to him, the earlier plans were that photojournalists would be given five to 10 minutes to take pictures of the opening session and leave the scene. He said
“we tinkered with the plans of barring journalists from covering the event. We knew that anything could happen but we didn’t want to be ridiculed in the public.”
According to the source, Buhari’s men know that former Lagos State governor and his men want APC chairman Oyegun out because they didn’t succeed in “encircling the President with Tinubu’s men”.

He said “the President’s men refused to buy into the campaign that the National Chairman was compromised by Saraki. They didn’t see any evidence to that effect. Rather they believe that those who want him out were angry that that their agenda of encircling the president failed.
“They were angry that Oyegun was called up at 4am by forces from Lagos to do a dirty job. They even dropped the name of the President in all those dirty jobs. Instead of apologising to Mr President for lying with his name they are insisting that the National Chairman must go.”

He said the party should be “happy that PDP did not elect one of its own senate president. Saraki saved the party because there was nothing we would have done if they had elected one of their own as senate president. They formed a quorum, we were lucky that it did not go into their head to elect one of their own as senate president. And the mistake was because somebody in his desperation to have everything lied that the President called a meeting and took our lawmakers to a place they were not supposed to be.”

On the side of Atiku’s loyalists, it was gathered that they were against the removal of Oyegun because they were determined to cut Tinubu to size.

 The source said “the other tendency which is loyal to the former Vice President does not want the structure of the party changed. It is against allowing Tinubu to take everything or call the shot in APC. It believes that the Vice President is a product of Tinubu and that should be enough for him.”
He continued “both Buhari’s men and that of Atiku worked together to save Oyegun. However, I don’t think the fight is over, it may be the beginning”.
Source: The Sun
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PHOTO: Nigerian children living in IDP camp

This photo shows Nigerian children sitting on the groud as they wait for their meal. Hopefully this sad reality will soon be a thing of the past. Photo credit: A.S Aruwa
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Why we reject Zakari as acting INEC Chair' - PDP

Press statement from the PDP below...
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it would continue to demand the removal of the Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mrs. Amina Zakari as resolved in its 403rd National Working Committee (NWC) meeting, despite unwarranted attacks on its officials by the Presidency.

The party said it is privy to the fact that “Mrs. Zakari who has a strong relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari and a very prominent APC Northwest governor is collaborating with the ruling party to post Resident Electoral Commissioners of its choice to Kogi and Bayelsa ahead of the forthcoming governorship elections in those states.”

The PDP also alerted of moves to use the period of Mrs. Zakari’s stay as head of the commission to tinker with electoral personnel and materials for the two states in favour of the APC.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh in a statement on Saturday said “President Buhari, in appointing Mrs. Zakari, failed to take into cognizance the moral call to detach himself from the operation of the electoral body thereby completely eroding the independence of the commission.

The party pointed out that the issue at stake is not that of Mrs. Zakari’s competence or performance in office but the fact of nepotism and her closeness to the President and some key APC leaders, which calls into question the independence of the electoral body under her.

“We want Nigerians to know that with this appointment, INEC has been stripped of its independence and can no longer command the confidence and respect of the citizens and all other critical stakeholders in the nation’s electoral process.

“We however find it astonishing, discouraging and disheartening that the spokesperson of the President will address Nigerians and lie to the entire citizenry that Mrs. Zakari never had any relationship with the President or an APC Governor in the Northwest. This is the height of deception coming from the respected office of the President of our dear country.

“We ask, is the spokesperson of the President, oblivious of the public fact that the Acting Chairman of INEC was once a staff of Afri-Project Consortium, a company well associated with the President?

“Is he by any means feigning ignorance of the fact that Mrs. Zakari also worked in the past as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Social Development and later, that of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Federal Capital Development Authority, then under a current APC governor of the Northwest?

“How much of Mrs. Zakari’s roles in the last general elections does the spokesperson of the President, who has just been appointed, know to warrant his brazen defence?

“Even where we concede to the worn-out argument that the President has the powers to appoint any person he deems fit as the INEC Chairman, does moral obligation not demand that in doing so he should take into cognizance the sensitivity of the position? Otherwise he can as well appoint his wife or brother as the electoral umpire on an argument of merit.

“Whilst the PDP might not be opposed to Mrs. Zakari becoming one out of the numerous national electoral commissioners to be so appointed, we completely reject her being an executive chairman who takes major decisions in an independent electoral commission while having a strong relationship with the President and a prominent APC Northwest governor.

“Indeed, never in the history of Nigeria has there been an executive chairman of the electoral body with such strong relationship with the president of the country.

“If therefore the stance and choice of words of the Presidential spokesperson, which apparently fall short of the civility of a democratic setting, reflect in any way those of President Buhari, then there is serious question on his credentials as a converted democrat.

“Conversely, we caution that presidential spokespersons in representing the President, must note that the psychology of their personal sudden flight to political limelight should not engineer a trauma of monumental deceit to our great nation”, the PDP said.

Insisting that Mrs. Zakari must be removed, the PDP said having in the last 16 years reformed the nation’s electoral system to an enviable status that is being commended by the international community, it cannot sit back and watch too early in the day, its gradual destruction by partisan interest.

The party therefore urged Nigerians, especially key stakeholders in the democratic process “to rise above sectional, religious, gender and partisan biases and put the independence of INEC, the credibility of the electoral process and the overall interest of the nation above every other consideration in their comments and views on the appointment.”

The PDP stressed that as long as the Acting Chairman remains in office, it would not recognize the electoral body as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) but as the National Electoral Commission (NEC).


Chief Olisa Metuh

National Publicity Secretary
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PHOTO: Dead Man Mysteriously Withdraws N4.3M From Union Bank In Kaduna

Wonders, they say, shall nev­er end. Or, how else does one describe a situation where a young medical doctor who died in a motor accident on the way to his wedding on October 10, 2013 withdrew about N4.3m from his own account in Union Bank in Kaduna few weeks after his death? Information from the bank indicated that the dead man used the ATM card to make the withdrawals.

New twist

A new twist emerged when the dead man applied for an ATM card from his bank and used it to clear his account. A family source said: “When Chidiebere died, we discovered that his mobile telephone num­ber had been blocked. We were surprised because no member of our family told the GSM service provider that Chidiebere had died. So, we took up the matter and it took some time before the line was reactivated.

“We got the shock of our lives after re­activating the line. As soon as we switched on the phone, we began to receive alerts of withdrawals from his account. All the withdrawals were made after he had died and had been buried. During his life time, he did not use ATM cards but in death, he applied for ATM card from the bank in Kaduna and started withdrawing all the money in his account. Worse still, Chidie­bere was not the owner of all the money in the account. One of his brothers who went abroad in search of greener pastures was sending money to Chidiebere to keep for him. Now, the brother is back and Chidie­bere’s corpse had withdrawn all the money as the bank wants us to believe.”

It was learnt that the family has con­tacted the bank on the strange withdrawals but it has been prevaricating over the issue.

Saturday Sun had, on November 16, 2013, published the pathetic story of Dr Chidiebere Emmanuel Nwanja, who died on the way to Okposi in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State to con­tract marriage with his sweet heart, Miss Celina Uzor.

According to the report “Their tradi­tional marriage rite otherwise called Ig­bankwu was fixed for Monday, October 14, 2013 while the white wedding was billed for Tuesday, October 15 at the Pres­byterian Church, Okposi Okwu.

“On October 10, Chidiebere left Kadu­na where he was practising for his home­town for the marriage ceremony. He was in company with his younger brother, Kel­echi Nwanja and Mr Ifeanyi, an indigene of Onicha Igboeze, who was supposed to play the role of best man. While they jour­neyed, the bride and groom kept in touch via telephone. In fact, Celina and about seven of her friends, the asebi girls, were already in town putting finishing touches to the arrangement.

“The journey was smooth until they got to Udi in Enugu. There, the unexpected happened. They had a fatal accident in which the groom and his best man died on the spot. Only Kelechi survived but he sus­tained serious injuries.

“Narrating the tragedy that befell the family, Chidiebere’s elder brother, Mr Ndubuisi Nwanja, in an emotion laden voice, said: ‘When I got the information that my brother was involved in an acci­dent, I rushed to the place but before I got there, the police had already been there. They took Kelechi to Annunciation Hos­pital, a Catholic hospital, in Emene, Enugu and deposited the corpses of Chidiebere and Ifeanyi at a mortuary in Udi because the accident happened in Udi, at the bypass before Four – Corner. The following day we went to the hospital to see the corpses.’

“He added that the family committed the resources already earmarked for the marriage to the burial of the young medi­cal doctor. ‘The family met and decided to bury him immediately; we did not want to keep the corpse in the mortuary. So, we went to the mortuary, took the corpse and buried. The wake keep held on October 14 while the burial took place on October 15. His traditional marriage was supposed to hold on October 14 while the church wed­ding would take place on October 15, the day he was eventually buried. We decided to use the things he bought for the tradi­tional marriage and Church wedding for his burial. He had already bought drinks and hired chairs, tables, canopies and mu­sical groups and we decided to use these things he had paid for to bury him.’

The report disclosed that the tale as­sumed a new dimension on October 18 when the family went to the accident site to retrieve the car or what was left of it and personal effects.

A family source said in the report: ‘We tried to bring the car out of the place it fell into but we could not. So, we decided to axe the car into pieces there. While we were at it, a commercial bus driver from Udi who operates between Enugu and Port Harcourt saw us and parked his ve­hicle. He asked us if we were the relation of the doctor and we told him everything. He said that he was the person that helped the police to bring the doctor out of the car but, unfortunately, he was already dead. He said that he was the one that removed his clothes and while removing the clothes he saw a huge sum of money that he was coming back with and he handed every­thing over to the police. But the police did not even make mention of the money, let alone release it to us. They only gave us the luggage he was coming back with. They didn’t tell us that there was any mon­ey involved.’

The report added that the family had gone to the police station at Udi with a view to recovering the money to no avail, as policemen there claimed to be unaware of the money.
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Nigeria’s Top Five Rated Players Of All Time

Since the formation of Nigeria’s first national football team in 1949 which was coached by the famous Fulham star' John (Jack) Finch, the country has went on to produce some of the brightest players in the history of the game. From the Christian Chukwu inspired side that landed Eagles their first African Cup of Nations trophy in 1980 to the immensely talented ‘dream team’ which took the world by storm in 1994 (many also describe it as the best of all time).

All manner of stars have adorned the green and white before going on to achieve stardom, international recognition and trophies alike, these five players are the most highly rated as far as football in Nigeria is concerned.

5 Stephen Keshi- [/b]present coach of the senior national team who apart from guiding Eagles to their third AFCON title in South Africa two years ago also enjoyed a sterling playing career with both Nigeria and a host of clubs in Europe.

A no nonsense centre back who was occasionally drafted as a holding midfielder, Keshi got his debut at the age of 17 in 1989 and went on to captain the team to both the Tunisia 94 AFCON triumph and their first FIFA World Cup, gaining over 80 caps on the way.

His record with Belgian side Anderlecht is also admirable having being part of the team that clinched the league and cup double in 1993, today Coach Keshi is one of the most decorated and recognized ex Nigerian players.

[b]4 John Obi Mikel-
came to limelight during the 2005 U17 World Cup in Holland where he almost eclipsed arguably the greatest player of all time, Lionel Messi to the coveted Golden Ball due to his mesmerizing display at the tournament which made many rate him among the three most talented footballers in the world at the time.

Apart from being part of the 2013 AFCON winning side in Johannesburg, Mikel’s Eagles career can best be described as average but Chelsea FC of England is where the midfielder has really made his name, being part of the team that has won three EPL titles, four FA Cups, three League cups, UEFA Champions League and the Europa League.

All that meant this list would have been incomplete without including the former Lyn Oslo player who due to his talents was at the centre of a transfer tussle between Manchester United and Chelsea in 2006. Today he is no longer a first team player in the ‘Blues’ team but will go down as one of Nigeria’s biggest exports in football.

3 Rashidi Yekini- No one is yet to break his goal scoring record for Eagles having netted 46 times in 94 appearances. Was the focal point of Clement Westerhoff’s amazing team of 1994 where he scored vital screamers that helped landed the ‘Tunisia 94’ AFCON title.
Scored Nigeria’s first ever goal at a FIFA World Cup against Bulgaria in USA with his goal net celebration stuck in the minds of millions of football lovers till date.

In Europe, Yekini didn’t disappoint either, notching up goals wherever he went to from Boavista, Vitoria Setubal to swiss side Young Boys, the Kwara born star was able to achieve high international rating and stardom during his playing days, may God bless his soul.

2 Austin Jay Jay Okocha- He remains Nigeria’s most technically gifted player till date, he was able to do things no one could do with the ball. The great Pele once said of him “Okocha is the only African player that could walk straight into the Brazil national team” what a compliment from the legendary player.

Another player from the great 1994 team, starting his career with Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga (one of his goals is rated among the top three in the history of the league) by 1998 Okocha was Africa’s most expensive player when he moved from Fenerbahce to Paris Saint Germain after the World Cup.

His stint with Bolton Wanderers is still fresh in the minds of football crazy EPL fans where he mesmerized English top flight with his abundant of skills. Bolton fans just like Nigerians rates him among their best of all time having helped them avoid the drop several times not forgetting guding them to the league cup.

1 Nwankwo Kanu- What haven’t been said about this player, this week a pub in South London which celebrates a legendary hero every week, wrote this about their ‘man of the week’.

“ inspired Nigeria to Olympic gold in 1996, overcame heart bypass surgery to win numerous trophies with Arsenal including being part of the invincibles of 2004 not forgetting FA Cup win for Pompey, all hail King Kanu “ they wrote on their board

Kanu was already an Eredivise and UEFA Champions league title winner with Ajax at the age of 17 before engineering the miracle of Atlanta 1996 despite being close to death at the time. His inability to lift the AFCON is the only blip in the career of Nigeria’s most highly rated and respected player.
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Don’t Dare Cut Our Salary – Osun Workers Warn Government

Don’t Dare Cut Our Salary – Osun Workers Warn Government
Workers in Osun State under the aegis of Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC)  have displayed their agitation over the proposed 50 per

Addressing the newsmen in Osogbo, the state chairman of the union Comrade Adekomi Jacobs said the resolve of the state government to cut the salary of the work force in the state by 50 per cent from January 2015 was unacceptable, satanic and a means to frustrate the work force in the state.

He also described the government plan as wicked, maintaining that it was suicide for any government to arrive at such position after he had failed in his constitutional responsibilities for the past eight months.

Recounting the calamities that had befallen members of the union as a result of non-payment of salaries by the state government, the NLC chairman said almost 350 deaths of pensioners were recorded as a result of inability of the government to pay pension arrears.

He however said the issue of Osun workers and the government was “No retreat, no surrender”,  as the union would not relent until government acceded to the demands of the workers and pensioners.

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In Buhari’s 36 Days, Boko Haram Kills 406 Nigerians

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Buhari’s administration is clearly not making any progress in the war against Boko Haram terrorists. Ever since lost territories were recovered from these bastards by the Jonathan administration, there has not been any proactive/pragmatic effort to minimize suicide bombings by the terrorists. I was shocked when I compiled the casualties in the last 36 days of this administration. 406 innocent Nigerians have been killed in the last 36 days by Boko Haram in the North-east. That is an average of 11 people killed daily. Please, check out the timeline below.
It is a shame that some people have suddenly relegated reports about these atrocities to the background. We are not putting pressure on this administration to take proactive action. Even Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State and Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe State have suddenly become quiet. So, these lives no longer matter because two of them now belong to the party at the centre? The Buhari administration has simply been grandstanding about taming Boko Haram; all words no action. Running to the leaders of Chad and Niger Republic for help is not a bad idea. Goodluck Jonathan did the same; but it cannot put an end to suicide bombings in our country.
Troops from the MNJTF won’t come into Maiduguri or Damaturu to help stop suicide bombings. They can only help battle cross-border infiltration. The trip to G7 Summit by President Muhammadu Buhari where this same issue was tabled was obviously a waste of time. Deep down, the G7 guys are not bothered one bit about the war against Boko Haram. Buhari should be moving close to Russia and China.
Aside from moving the Command and Control Centre of the war to Maiduguri, Buhari has so far not done anything special in the war against Boko Haram in the last 36 days. This is basically because he has no blue print for tackling the crisis. While campaigning for the Presidency, Buhari simply played politics with the Boko Haram crisis. He did not have any Think Tank working on strategies for taming the monster. The movement of the C and C to Maiduguri did not impact positively on the war as seen from the data below. The movement itself is an archaic war technique. There is clearly no sense in this. Buhari simply wants to jeopadise the Command and Control Centre.
The United States did not move the Pentagon to the Gulf region before decapitating Iraq troops. Just as I clearly stated in an earlier piece, the suicide bombers are within the country, manufacturing and using Improvised Explosive Devices. They are using petrol and gas cylinders, all obtained within the country. Intelligence gathering and technology are vital for detecting and curtailing the deadly activities of these suicide bombers. Community policing is also key. We need to put our internal security in order instead of just running to G7 leaders, Chad, Niger, Cameroon and the rest of them. Of course, leadership matters a great deal if we are to curtail terrorism. Buhari needs to be told that occupying a position of authority does not make a man a leader. It is the ability to inspire others to achieve a positive goal that makes a man a leader.
Being honesty alone does not make a man a leader. Competence is a key factor in leadership. Ability to identify other competent people and then making positive use of them is also vital in leadership. If honesty is all that is required to turn around the fortune of a country, then, a country like Tanzania would have joined the league of developed country. Their former President, late Julius Nyerere who ruled the country for over two decades was one of the most honest leaders in the world. When he left office, he had no house of his own.  The country had to build one for him. In spite of his honesty, Tanzania remained on the inglorious list of very poor countries in the world. The point I am making is that in this war against Boko Haram and other challenges facing this country, we need a leader who combines competence and honesty. For now, I don’t think we have that leader. A man cannot give what he does not have. An honest leader who is not competent will not get us anywhere. A competent leader who is dishonest will also not get us anywhere. May Allah save us from the scourge of Boko Haram and Buhari’s ineptitude.

Timeline of Deadly Boko Haram Attack in 36 days

May 30    13 killed during an attempted night invasion of Maiduguri
May 30     26 killed, in bomb attack on a mosque near Borno market
May 31      Four killed at Gamboru market, Maiduguri
June 2     17 killed at Maiduguri abattoir
June 3     Four killed in attack on mechanical workshop on Baga Road
June 4    Female suicide bomber kills two near military checkpoint in Maiduguri
June 5     40 killed in suicide attack on Jimeta Night Market
June 7     Three killed in suicide attack on Baga/Monguno Highway
June 11     37 killed in separate attacks on six Borno villages
June 15     Twin suicide bomb attacks kill 11 persons in Potiskum
June 17     Accidental explosion kills 15 persons in Monguno
June 22     Eight killed in twin suicide attacks on Baga Fish Market, Maiduguri
June 23    15 killed in suicide bomb attack on Nannawaji Village, Gujba LG
June 23     20 killed in attack on Debiro, Hawul LG
June 27     Five killed at General Hospital, Molai, Borno State
June 30     48 killed in Mussaram I and Mussaram II near Monguno
July 1         98 killed in Kukawa Village
July 2         11 killed at Malari Village along Bama/Konduga Highway
July 3         29 killed in Mussa Village, Askira-Uba LG.

Why is Kwankwaso Afraid of EFCC?

I am astounded that Rabiu Kwankwaso, former governor and strong man of Kano politics could be this timid. Kwankwaso has locked himself up in his house in Abuja in the last few days, to avoid arrest by the EFCC. His lawyer, Okechukwu Eze confirmed this. This is clearly a chicken signal from a supposedly strong man. Kwankwaso also sent Eze to a court in Kano to file an ex-parte motion to restrain the EFCC from arresting him. The court which is obviously still under the control of Kwankwaso granted the request. If Kwankwaso has no skeleton in his cup board, he should honourably submit himself to the EFCC. The anti-graft agency is working on a petition alleging that the former governor deposited N2 billion in the Kano branch of a failed bank. The petitioners added that soon after the deposit was made, the bank went into liquidation. According to the petition, Kwankwaso did not take any step to recover the deposit. Kwankwaso, who handed over power to Abdullahi Ganduje, is believed to have left behind a N300 billion debt for the hapless people of Kano State.

Wike’s Horrendous N30bn Loan

I still can’t understand why Governor Nyesome Wike’s major ‘achievement’ in his first 30 days in office was the N30 billion debt he dragged Rivers State into. A highly compromised House of Assembly gave him express clearance for the funny loans without thinking about the future of this state. Of course, the interest can’t be less than 24% APR. It is preposterous to learn that one of the reasons Wike took the loan is to be able to fence Government Girls Secondary, Rumuokwuta. Haba, how can a governor take a loan to fence a school? How can a state with an average of N14 billion monthly revenue (IGR plus Abuja money) still go on a fatal spree like this? I know that the state still got about N7 billion from the Federation Account last week.
With prudent management of the state’s resources, Rivers can safely survive on N14 billion monthly. Projects like that of Rumuepirikom-Iwofe Road, Elelenwo-Akpajo Road, Oroigwe-Igwuruta Road, Igwuruta-Chokocho Road and Abuloma-Woji Road can clearly be completed without any bank loan. If care is not taken, the state may soon be plunged into financial crisis like Osun State. The founding fathers of this state must rise up to check Wike before it is too late.

Memo to Rochas Okorocha

My dear Governor Rochas Okorocha, the way you go about presenting yourself as a honest politician has left me bewildered. This is particularly so, in the face of glaring evidence that you are actually owing civil servants salaries, contrary to what you claim to stand for. To quote Comrade Austin Chilakpu, Chairman, Imo State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress, civil servants in the ministries have not been paid May and June salaries. Workers in some of the parastatal have not been paid for several months. I have been reliable informed that some of the parastatals where salaries running into several months have not been paid are Imo Newspapers, 11 months; Adapalm Nigeria (Imo Palm Plantation), 7 months; IBC/Orient TV, 4 months; and Imo Specialist Hospital, 6 months.
Pensioners are also being owed 6 months while teachers are being owed three months.
This talk about government’s verification panels “discovering irritating padding of salaries for non-existent staff and high-profile corruption” in the parastatals should not lead to non-payment of salaries for several months to other innocent civil servants. One of your media aides was quoted as saying that you will only pay those in the affected parastatals “when the issues in question must have been rectified.” Genuine verifications should not take this long. Of course, you have been leading the clamour for a bail out for failed states. The fear is that you don’t even have the cash to pay these unfortunate workers. Otherwise, why would you spend months trying to weed out ghost workers in these parastatals? Please note that you were not elected to give excuses.

What’s Oby Ezekwesile Up to?

I now agree that Oby Ezekwesile, who led so many BringBackOurGirls campaigns during the days of Goodluck Jonathan has gone to sleep ever since Muhammadu Buhari emerged President. I decided to closely observe her for about five weeks (post Jonathan) before reaching a conclusion. The result? After five weeks, not a single BringBackOurGirls campaign rally was held in Abuja or any part of Nigeria. Does it mean that we no longer need our abducted Chibok girls?  So, it was all politics? Oby, please, wake up. We need to sustain the pressure on Buhari to BringBackOurGirls. The news early in the week that the Co-Founder of the BringBackOurGirls campaign, Hadiza Bala-Usman had been appointed the Chief of Staff (COS) to the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasiru El-rufai left me so disheartened.
How can some people key into such barbaric abduction of our dear girls for political gains. Does it mean that some BringBackOurGirls campaigners worked for Buhari (using the tragic abduction as a tool) against Jonathan during the Presidential election as widely speculated? This is a food for thought following Hadiza’s appointment.

Freedom at Last for Fani-Kayode

My brother and very good friend, Femi Fani-Kayode is free at last after seven horrendous years of persecution. I never for once doubt his innocence. In the last seven years, he was subjected to the most malicious, vicious, sinister, well-orchestrated, insidious and devastating form of political persecution and wickedness by the EFCC.
They had no evidence to prosecute him, yet they spent years harassing him. The whole process almost destroyed his life, his family, his reputation, his health and my career. The nightmare is finally over for this former Aviation minister, thanks to Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia who dismissed all the corruption charges against him.
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Boko Haram Kills About 200 People

Boko Haram carried out a fresh wave of massacres in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, locals said, killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours of violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as “inhuman and barbaric”.

The militants have staged multiple attacks across restive Borno state since Wednesday, gunning down worshippers at evening Ramadan prayers, shooting women in their homes, and dragging men from their beds in the dead of night.

A young female suicide bomber also killed 12 worshippers when she blew herself up in a mosque in Borno. While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, Boko Haram has used both men and young women and girls as human bombs in the past.

And as night fell, Nigerian troops battled “hordes of Boko Haram gunmen” who seemed set on attacking the state capital Maiduguri, the birthplace of the extremist Islamist movement.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the latest wave of killings… describing them as most inhuman and barbaric,” the presidency said in a statement.
The bloodshed is the worst since Buhari came to power in May, vowing to root out the insurgency that has claimed more than 15,000 lives.

“They killed six people in the village and they chased the inhabitants into the bush, firing at them… 25 people were killed in the bush,” he said.
Another survivor, Adamu Bulus, confirmed 31 people had been murdered.

It was the fourth time that Boko Haram had attacked the village in the past year, local youth worker Sunday Wabba told AFP, describing how they “killed everyone on sight”.
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Transfer of Boko Haram detainees to Anambra Prisons: Gov releases statement

Press statement from Anambra state government offfice
The attention of the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has been drawn to the cover story of Vanguard and Daily Independent on Friday, July 3, 2015, crediting him with some comments on the transfer of Boko Haram detainees to Ekwulobia Prisons in Anambra State. 
We wish to inform the general public that Governor Obiano never made any comments to these publications.
Since the eruption of this controversy, Governor Obiano’s position has been consistent. This is fully reflected in the two Press Statements issued on Sunday, June 28, 2015 and Wednesday July 1, 2015.

In both statements, his message was simple – he re-assured Ndi Anambra that he was on top of the situation and that he was speaking with the relevant authorities to achieve a peaceful resolution of the issue. Governor Obiano’s commitment to this extremely sensitive issue remains the same.

The Limit to Bitter Politics For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Willie Obiano is aware of the strong feelings provoked by Boko Haram among Ndi Anambra and the people of the South East. Therefore, he shall never use this subject of pain and anguish to play politics.

Those who are not held back by any moral considerations in their pursuit of power, cheap popularity and vendetta are free to play with the agony of the people for their narrow interests. But for Obiano, certain things are bigger than politics.

He therefore appeals to Ndi Anambra to go about their normal businesses while he continues to engage the relevant authorities on the matter.

Signed James Eze Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media
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Why we won’t devalue naira – CBN

Godwin Emefiele
The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has disclosed that its decision not to further devalue the naira was borne out of the need to safeguard the Nigerian economy from the shocks and negative impact the depreciation will have on the economy.

The apex bank in a statement signed by its Director, Corporate Communications, Mr. Ibrahim Mu’azu, maintained that the CBN does not panic and will not take desperate measures to satisfy few misguided interests in the market.

According to Mu’azu, who was reacting to an article in the Economist Magazine, he said the article seemed to ignore the fact that the exchange rate is simply a price that is essentially determined by the forces of supply and demand, adding that the CBN believes that the 48 per cent decline in oil prices may not be transitory and made bold policy changes including closure of the subsidized Official Foreign Exchange (Forex) Window, which resulted in a 22 per cent depreciation in the currency, the Naira.

“Because the Nigerian economy is heavily dependent on imports and the exchange rate pass-through to inflation is high, we believe that this adjustment is optimal at this time.

“Contrary to the article’s argument, adjustments to a sharp decline in supply of US Dollars cannot all be borne by an indeterminate depreciation, without considering the full impact on the Nigerian economy.
“The demand side also has to be considered, not just in response to the pressure on the Naira but as an opportunity to change the economy’s structure, resuscitate local manufacturing, and expand job creation for our citizens.

“Take rice imports, for example: why should we keep allocating scarce forex to rice importers when vast amounts of paddy rice of comparable quality produced by poor hardworking local farmers across the rice belts of Nigeria are wasted, and farmers are falling deeper into poverty while we export their jobs and income to rice producing countries?

“Few decades ago, Nigeria was one of the world’s largest producers of palm oil but today we import nearly 600,000 Metric Tonnes while Indonesia and Malaysia combine to export over 90 percent of global demand”, he stated.

Muazu, however, noted that under the present circumstances, the CBN will do the little it can, through the introduction of huge subsidies, to protect the jobs and incomes of local farmers, using some of the same principles western economies used to justify the protection of their farmers.
He further stated that Nigeria cannot attain its full potentials by importing anything and everything, adding that for a long while now, the quest for importation has significantly weakened the operating capacities of industries in the country.

Muazu added that like other oil-exporting countries, Nigeria is grappling with its share of the aftermath of the oil price decline, noting that despite the challenges, Nigeria’s economic fundamentals remain strong.
According to him, inflation is still within the CBN’s single-digit band, the exchange rate has stabilized around N197 per US Dollar for the last five months, GDP expanded by four per cent in the first quarter of 2015, and 469,070 new jobs were created in the same quarter.

He said, “But now is a good opportunity to begin a reversal. Although the article hastily derides this idea as lacking in economic foundations, it is the same principles upon which many other countries do not allow importation of certain products.

“More also, if the article believes the CBN should adjust to reflect the current parallel market rate, why was this suggestion not made in the week following the inauguration of President Buhari when the same rate fell sharply to under N190 per Dollar?

“Furthermore, it appears condescending to suggest that the list of items seemed ‘to have been drawn up by someone wandering around a house and a building site’. On the contrary, items were only included after thorough and exhaustive discussions at the highest policymaking body of the Bank, with the strategic national interest of Nigeria”.

“With ingenuity and productiveness, we believe that Nigerians will seize this opportunity and use it for the greater good of the country. As we transition into a new administration in Nigeria, we must continue to ensure policy stability at all times”, he concluded.
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I Danced, Played Football, Basketball And Rapped – Oti, Covenant University Best

Oti Ebubechukwu, 22, emerged as the best graduating student of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, in the 2014/2015 academic session having finished with a 4.96 CGPA from the Department of Electrical/Electronics Engineering. He shares his story in this interview with TUNDE AJAJA

Did you plan to emerge as the best student or did it just happen?

I won’t say it came as a surprise, but I thank God for His grace. Actually, it was in my plan from inception that I would want to be the best graduating student in my set and I started working towards that from my first day in school. In fact, my plan was to graduate with a 5.00 CGPA and I decided to pursue a 5.00 GPA every semester because I believed that the grace of God upon me was sufficient to get it and that his hands were on my academics. I wanted to honour God and my family and make myself proud. I thank God that the ultimate aim of being the best came to pass.

Apart from the grace of God, were there things you did differently from others to actualise that dream?

People told me that my course was hard and that my CGPA must drop in 200 Level, but I knew that such a report would never let anyone achieve anything in life, so I disregarded it and worked harder towards the goal I had set for myself. In fact, someone once got angry with me for telling him my result would not drop in 200L. The person said the results of all the smart people in his set dropped. But that didn’t change my resolve. At short intervals, I checked my effectiveness. I evaluated my performance, I checked my results that fell below the mark I expected and brainstormed on the possible errors I made in preparation and execution. I made sure I understood everything possible. I tried not to take on responsibilities more than I could handle at a time, given the current academic demands. I also organised tutorials, which enabled me to grasp concepts adequately well to be able to teach well. I prayed and sought the prayer and blessings of my parents and spiritual fathers. Those were things I did and teamwork also helped me.

Have you always been this excellent in your academics?

I used to play a lot when I was in primary school. I used to play football, video games, bicycle racing, etc. It was fun though. I started taking my academics seriously when I got to Primary Four and my dad promised to buy me Play Station Two if only I could be among the first three in my class. He knew that I really liked video games. And that was how I became serious. The zeal to learn and take things seriously came instantly and I kept at it. I got the position he wanted and he gave me the PS he promised. At that level, I realised that it was a real honourable thing to be at the top in one’s academics, so I made up my mind not to go back. That was how I continued and I was able to lead my class almost throughout my secondary school days.

What impact did team work have on your performance?

I saw the essence of teamwork when I got to the university. My first result was not five points, and I had issues with practicals. So, I decided to find out how people were getting it right, so I learnt. When I applied the things I learnt from that teamwork, I started having A’s. Also, I never liked copying notes, but my friends’ notes helped in that regard because I made use of theirs. And if they didn’t understand anything, they would come to me and I would teach them. Teamwork really helps, and I really appreciate my course mates.

How easy was it passing your O’ level and UTME?

It was neither easy nor hard. God helped me to develop strategies for the exams and the strategies worked out fine. I had eight A’s and a B in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination. Also, I had six straight A’s in Cambridge exam and GCE O’ level and then I scored 301/400 in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. My admission into school was smooth.

What informed your choice of Electrical/Electronic Engineering?

When I was young, I was quite fascinated by toy cars, and robots and my dream as a child was to build robots, apart from the fact that I wanted to own a business empire and be a billionaire. I used to dismantle and study a lot of things, including my toys, and I did troubleshoot faulty devices in the house. I remember building a traffic light in primary school and being a serious fan of ‘Robot Wars’ on BBC. My dad noticed my interests and told me to pursue Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and I did.

Which part of your course did you enjoy most and which part did you find challenging?

I enjoyed the electronics, circuit design and programming courses the most, because I have always loved Physics and Computer Science. However, I enjoyed all my courses because we were well taught.

What practical knowledge of your course have you gained so far?

I have had laboratory practicals, which gave me the chance to prove theoretical concepts. The mini projects and my final year project also gave me hands-on experience with design, construction, testing and implementation in electrical engineering. Also, I had my industrial training in Transmission Company of Nigeria where I learnt about transformers, I joined hands in the installation of one and carried out dissolved gas analysis on transformer oil, etc.

When did you start leading your class?

I started having first class from my 100 Level first semester but I started leading my class in 200 Level.

Do you still remember your GPAs?

Yes, I remember all of them. In 100L first semester, I had 4.86 and in second semester, I had 4.96. In 200L, I had 4.91 in first semester while I had 5.00 in second semester. Throughout my 300L and 400L, I had 5.00, while I had 4.85 in 500L first semester and 5.00 in second semester. I won’t forget my lowest grade, and that was when I had a C in Chemistry practical in 100L.

When did you know you would be the best student?

I had always believed, but it was confirmed when I knew my final CGPA was 4.96.

What was your most memorable moment?

My project defence. It was such a struggle and it was like I wouldn’t have an A in the course. I knew that if I didn’t have A in my project, I wouldn’t be the best graduating student. So, there were many things to do but God favoured me that day. Everything worked out well and I had a very good defence. Those in the panel loved it; they were impressed and I got the A. In fact, I had one of the highest scores in the project.

Did your parents reward you for your good performance?

They didn’t say, ‘Take this for being the best student,’ but they were always willing to give me everything I wanted, apart from training my siblings and me to be good Christians whilst encouraging us academically and keeping track on our performance in school. They got me high quality materials and bought me a very special gift for the convocation. I love them.

Have you had such an exceptional performance that brought you awards or recognition before?

Yes. Throughout secondary school, I was honoured on many occasions for my performance. I also got awards and recognition for excellent performance in competitions like the Cowbell national mathematics competition, NNPC secondary school quiz competition, etc.

Were you staying awake to read at night?

I slept for about six to seven hours every night, while I spent about one hour everyday studying. But when studying for tests and exams, I read as long as it was necessary to prepare myself adequately and I had preference for evenings. I also used to relax and it was not all about books. I was a dancer, I played basketball, football and I used to rap.
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