Monday, 31 December 2018

There Is A Curse On The Adeleke Family - Kemi Olunloyo Delivers More Prophecies

Controversial journalist Kemi Olunloyo has mentioned that there is curse on the Adeleke family and Davido has the responsibility to break that in 21 days.

Olunloyo also wrote on her Instagram that Davido's DMW, HKN and OBO acronyms are going to associated with the Illuminati in 2019 and so they should be avoided by anyone who cares about their lives.

She wrote:

#ProphetKOO If u are a Davido fan, It's time for you to DETACH now. OBO, DMW, HKN is the leader of the Illuminati for 2019. Anyone that mentions these acronyms are doomed in the 666 realm. Nothing can go well, businesses failed, jobs lost, standstill bank accounts, failure. My prophecy will come to pass. Women that attend his concerts will get sexually harassed or assaulted. There is an Adeleke curse which had to be broken.

Davido has 48 hrs to fulfill his late mother's wish to cleanse the evil trailing him & his fans. She told me to tell him to read King David's Psalm 21 twenty one times before January 1st. Pay attention to verse 12 she said. She said she gave birth to him the 21st day

Davido has exactly 30 hours left to apologize properly to 8 people or the Adeleke curse will never be broken in 2019. His mother told me to tell him to focus on Psalm 21 verse 11-12. The psalm must be read 21 times before midnight Dec 31st 2018. The 666 realm will be unleashed mercilessly in 2019.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Tobi Bakre 'Looks Different' As He Steps Out For A Fashion Event (Photos)

BBnaija Star, Tobi Bakre looks different as he rock rock black outfit to a fashion event in Lagos.

"Stepping Out to a fashion event, looking different " Tobi put to his gram page with nice pictures.

When The Thief Is Shouting “Thief”: The Case Of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar - Keyamo



A few days ago, the Presidential Candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, called out President Muhammadu Buhari over certain allegations of “corrupt practices” which the President allegedly condones in his government. Whilst we have repeatedly addressed each and every of the instances cited by him to show the transparent nature of the government, it is shocking that the Presidential candidate of the main opposition has refused to issue a personal statement up till this minute clarifying in details his record of crass corruption and abuse of office. He is clearly taking Nigerians for a ride and hopes to distort the ethical revolution in public office that Nigerians clearly desire to his own philosophy of abusing public office to promote private interests. By his subliminal messages, he wants Nigerians to accept that becoming wealthy by abusing public office is not a bad thing after all.

With the avalanche of fake and unsubstantiated news released in the last few days, it is now clear that PDP’s strategy in the run up to the elections is to spread fake news and make wild allegations without any proof against the President and the Vice President. This is clearly to divert attention from the record of crass corruption and abuse of office of their own candidate. Nigerians cannot and should not be insulted by the PDP after 16 years of looting of the nation, by now putting forward a man whose record of corruption they very much acknowledge, but would rather we all overlook it.

Some of the indisputable facts regarding Alhaji Atiku Abubakar are as follows:

1. The U.S Congress in a report titled, KEEPING FOREIGN CORRUPTION OUT OF THE UNITED STATES: FOUR CASE HISTORIES, featured Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as one of the four notorious cases of money laundering in the world!

2. The Congress report said “Jennifer Douglas Abubakar, a U.S. citizen, is the fourth wife of Atiku Abubakar, the former Vice President of Nigeria and a former candidate for the Presidency of Nigeria...... from 2000 to 2008, Ms. Douglas helped her husband bring over $40 million in suspect funds into the United States, including at least $1.7 million in bribe payments from Siemens AG, a German corporation, and over $38 million from little known offshore corporations, primarily LetsGo Ltd. Inc., Guernsey Trust Company Nigeria Ltd., and Sima Holding Ltd”.

3. Atiku’s co-conspirators, Williams Jefferson and Siemens in the bribery deal were convicted and Jefferson went to jail. By running for President of Nigeria, Atiku intends to get some immunity from prosecution. Already he is hoping to obtain a visa to visit the US, as a guest of the State department, a concession that the US will grant to a Presidential candidate of Africa’s biggest Nation.

4. Both the BBC and Voice of America reported that “In a probe ordered by Mr. Obasanjo, (then Nigerian President) the vice-president was accused of diverting $125m from a public development trust fund into his personal businesses.”; Please see 1016 BBC, Profile: Atiku Abubakar, January 25, 2007, 6292141.stm (Voice of America, “Nigerian Vice President Charged with Corruption,” October 10, 2006, http://

5. A Senate subcommittee investigating the PTDF indicted Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, having found that he abused his office by aiding and abetting the diversion of public funds in the sum of $145 million” as loans to his friends. This report was a subject of a full-blown investigation by the EFCC which actually recommended his prosecution in a court of law. That report is still pending and alive till today.

How do we as a Nation end up with anyone with this sordid record locally and internationally? We have heard the lame defence that the U.S Justice Department said it has no pending case against Atiku Abubakar. That is only a defence for the ignorant ones. In the United States, there are indictments the Justice Department can confirm to the world. But there is another category of indictments known as SEALED INDICTMENTS that the Justice Department cannot confirm to anyone. These indictments are sealed under the orders of a Judge. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has a sealed indictment waiting for him in the U.S. The day he visits the U.S, not as a candidate in an election, he will face charges.
There is no question that the reasons for Atiku’s frequent contests for the Presidency are to steal the resources of Nigeria for self-enrichment and to prevent prosecution for his crimes of laundering and receiving bribes. No amount of fake news or ridiculous false allegations against the President or Vice President that can wash away the well-documented history of theft.
We also challenge the PDP to publish a single line in the sub-committee recommendation of the House of Reps on the NEMA Emergency purchases where the report accused the Vice President of embezzlement of funds. They either do this within 24 hours or keep quiet forever. It is even noteworthy that the House of Representatives have not adopted any such recommendation to make it a report of the House.
We also challenge them to show any proof whatsoever of their allegations regarding the TraderMoni.
After three days of publicly announcing that they have hard proof that the President’s relations bought shares in Etisalat and Keystone Bank, the PDP has not produced a single piece of paper, a document of any sort to buttress the grave allegations it made. This is how shameless and callous the Atiku team has become, all in a desperate bid to get their hands on the public purse.
Lastly, we challenge Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for the umpteen time to produce his tax receipts for 2015, 2016 and 2017. It is shocking that a man who has not been paying his Personal Income Taxes now says he wants to “get Nigerians working again” - whatever that means. He is only deceiving himself and not the intelligent Nigerians that we know.
Thank you.

Director, Strategic Communications,
President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation
(Official Spokesperson).

Sunday, December 30, 2018.

"The Rate Of Online Begging In Nigeria Is Alarming" - Morachi

Singer Morachi is of the opinion that Nigerians are the only ones who beg online. Posting the screenshot on his IG page this afternoon, Morachi wrote

'Only Nigerians do this & soon might start to infect other Neighboring countries in africa with this deadly virus ? ....a lot of other African countries experience hardship just like Nigeria but whatever support they give to their artistes is truly genuine from their heart & they expect nothing in return...but in the recent day Nigeria fans might not want to listen to a good song except you do give Away’s & song challenge & after the give Away’s & song challenge the songs still don’t make it to the top....i don’t know how we got to this place but i am going to predict something right here and right now & that is, if we continue this way then i foresee serious danger & damage that might be hard to repair....I don’t care who gets offended by this, we hate the truth & i really can’t be bothered....few years from now when the damage is done some of y’all might remember morachi made a post regarding this until then let’s all pretend like it’s all good when it’s not & keep up with the suffering and smiling ??

See The Eye-popping Dress Roman Goddess Wore To A Wedding

Instagram celebrity, Roman Goddess, attended a wedding yesterday wearing this revealing dress which flashed her gigantic boobs

My Father Forgave Buhari Before His Death - Bala shagari

Bala, who is the district head of Shagari town in Sokoto, notes that he would not comment on Buhari’s pledge until it is fulfilled
- The eldest son of the late president says his father did not leave any will beside the directive that he should be buried at his home, Shagari
Bala Shagari, the eldest son of late Shehu Shagari has said his father had no grudge against Buhari or anyone because he had pardoned everyone before his death

Bala made the statement on Sunday, December 30, when expressing appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari over condolence visit to the family in Sokoto, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said that the family was happy with the visit and Buhari’s pledge to immortalize the late president
Bala, who is the district head of Shagari town in Sokoto, however, said he would not comment on Buhari’s pledge until it was fulfilled.
Late Shagari, aged 93, died on December 28 at the National Hospital, Abuja and was buried on Saturday, December 29, at Shagari, his hometown
Shagari was president of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983. He was overthrown by a coup d’etat that brought in Muhammadu Buhari to power as military head of state, three months after he (Shagari) was sworn in for second term.
He said that the late president did not leave any will beside the directive that he should be buried at his home, Shagari.
According to Bala, the directive was strictly observed and implemented as his remains were buried at Shagari town.
He acknowledged that the sultan had offered that the late president should be buried at Hubbare, where Shehu Usman Danfofio was laid to rest
“We acknowledged it but late Shagari had told us that he should be buried in Shagari town and even indicated a specific location, so we have to comply with his will,” he added.
According to him, his father had no grudge against Buhari or anyone because Shagari told us he had pardoned everyone.
He explained that the late president’s absence at functions was due to his ill-health, saying that was why he stayed in Sokoto and Shagari town before he died.
Earlier, President Buhari condoled with the wives and children of late Shagari at the deceased residence on Sama road in Sokoto.
During the visit, Prof Shehu Galadanci led the prayers for late Shagari.
He also prayed to God to change the mindset of those spreading hate and disunity among citizens as well as those individuals or organisations working against the laudable and pro-human policies and programmes of the Buhari administration.
Buhari was accompanied by Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, Senator Aliyu Wamakko and Sokoto state deputy governor, Alhaji Mannir Dan-Iya, among others.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the visit was cheered by crowds chanting; “Nigeria Said Maigaskiya” meaning Nigeria is for a truthful person.
The federal government’s delegation led by secretary to the federation, Boss Mustspha, had earlier attended the late president’s funeral on Saturday in Shagari town.
The deceased held the traditional title of Turakin Sokoto, was born on Feb. 25, 1925 in Shagari, in Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto state.
After his early education, he worked as a teacher briefly before he became politician in 1951. In 1954, he was elected to the Federal House of Representatives.
He served seven times as a federal minister and federal commissioner from 1958–1975, before he was elected president in 1979.
Meanwhile, the deputy senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has expressed deep grief over the passing on of the Second Republic President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari.
Ekweremmadu said on Friday, December 28, in Enugu said that Shagari’s death was a heavy loss to the nation. He noted that the late elder statesman was a sage and democrat.
The deputy senate president, said although the late elder statesman lived to a ripe age of 93, his wealth of experience and treasury of wisdom would still have been most invaluable in the quest to build the Nigeria of our dreams

Let Buhari, Atiku, Others Undergo Mental Health Tests Before Elections – CUPP

The Coalition of United Political Parties on Sunday called for mental health tests for President Muhammadu Buhari; former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and all other candidates contesting the 2019 presidential election.

It said the test should be conducted by an independent team of experts in mental health issues.

The coalition’s demand was contained in a statement by its first national spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere.

Ugochinyere said the test was necessary in order to ascertain the presidential candidates’ mental stability before elections, “so that any person who does not pass the examination should not be allowed to participate in the election.”

He said the CUPP had secured the assurances of Atiku, who is contesting the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, to subject himself to the medical test in the general interest of Nigeria.

He urged Buhari to speak more to Nigerians and Nigerian journalists, especially through presidential media chat.

He added, “CUPP also calls on President Buhari to face the Nigerian media and stop holding them in disdain as they are professionals and are renowned world over for their expertise.

“How could a President not speak to any Nigerian media house or journalist for over three years?

“How could a President hold his entire country’s media and citizens in such disdain that he speaks to them only through a crowd of spokespersons?

“Nigerians want to know the identities of the persons that write his speeches, their ideologies and their stake in the Nigerian project because, many a time, the President reads speeches that are not in tune with reality, as he did during the presentation of budget 2019 and was rightly booed by lawmakers.

“This medical examination is very necessary and all Nigerians of goodwill should join this call for the unveiling of the real facts behind this façade presented to Nigerians.”

2019: What I Discussed With Buhari Before Joining APC – Uzor Kalu

A former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Uzor Orji Kalu, has revealed what he discussed with President Muhammadu Buhari before he (Kalu) joined the All Progressives Congress, APC.

According to Kalu, now a chieftain of the APC President Buhari had promised to start and complete some projects in the South East.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, the former Governor expressed gladness that Buhari has gone far in fulfilling the promises.

He wrote, “I met President @MBuhari a week before I joined the APC @OfficialAPCNg precisely on 8th of November, we catalogued the new Niger Bridge, Port Harcourt/Enugu/Umuahia Express Road; Enugu/Awka/ Onitsha Express road; Nitemile to Makurdi road.

“Okigwe/Arondizogu to road; Ohafia/Arochukwu and today they are under construction while some are nearing completion.

“I am glad that @MBuhari has resolutely pursued the completion of these and other projects across the nation.”

"Jose Mourinho Ruined My Real Madrid Career" - Kaka

Brazil legend Kaka has blamed Jose Mourinho for his failed Real Madrid career.

Real signed Kaka in 2009, paying a sum of £56m from AC Milan and made him the world's most expensive player at that time.

But, Kaka failed to live up to expectations at the Bernabeu, with injuries and inconsistencies a big problem for him.

MySportDab the Real Madrid flop has now blamed Jose Mourinho as the one thing that stopped him from being a huge club hit.

"My problem at Madrid was continuity,” Kaka told Sport TV.

“First for the physical issue and then for the choice of the coach.

“I spent three years trying to convince Mourinho that he could give me opportunities. But it was his choice, it was beyond my reach.

“What I was doing was being an excellent professional.

“And today I have the great joy of being able to get to Madrid and have the doors open. Florentino says I was one of the most professional players who came by.”

'Thank You Lord' - Dr Enenche Releases New Music Video To Celebrate Dunamis’ 100,000-Capacity Glory Dome

In this season of thanksgiving, Dr. Pastor Paul Enenche is out with a new music video entitled "Thank you Lord", which is an appreciation of God for the newly dedicated Glory Dome.

The new video from his best-seller album, Antidepressant, captures how the 100,000 capacity edifice was erected and what transpired during the dedication of the building, which attracted big wigs in the society.

Dr. Enenche and his wife in the danceable song are thankful to God for what he has done are how thus far He had brought them and the ministry, Dunami Int’l Gospel Centre.

Dr. Pastor Paul Enenche is a trained Medical Doctor, a Christian author, preacher, Minister, Televangelist, Recording Artist, Performing Artist, Composer, Song Writer, Musician and Educationist.

He is the Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre World-wide, with headquarters in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. A ministry having hundreds of thousands of worshippers across the World with millions of viewership connecting through our Global Revival Platform – Dunamis TV, 24/7 online platform, Facebook, YouTube and Lifestream. He is married to Dr Becky Enenche.

Let all the praise be unto the Lord for he has done all things as we sing this song.

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Lyrics - Thank You Lord

Intro Verse
Oh Lord- Thank you (Repeat Twice)

Verse 1 (Repeat Twice)
We praise your name Oh Lord ( for Lead Singer)
We give your all the praise (for Lead Singer)
You are worthy Lord of our praise (All)

Chorus (Call and Respond)
Oh Lord - Thank you (4x)

Intro Verse
Oh Lord- Thank you(Repeat Twice)

Verse 2 (Repeat Twice)
We worship you Oh Lord (for Lead Singer)
We magnify your Lord (for Lead Singer)
For the great things Lord- You have done (All)

Chorus (Call and Respond)
Oh Lord - Thank you (4x)

Intro Verse
Oh Lord- Thank you(Repeat Twice)

Verse 3
For the Mercies that you gave(for Lead Singer)
For Standing by our side (for Lead Singer)
You are worthy of all praise (All)

For the Victory that you gave(for Lead Singer)
For Standing by our side (for Lead Singer)
You are worthy of all praise (All)

Chorus (Call and Respond)
Oh Lord - Thank you (4x)

Intro Verse
Oh Lord- Thank you(Repeat Twice)


Chorus (Call and Respond)
Oh Lord - Thank you (4x)

Trumpet ......


"I Can Only Sign Autographs On Single Women’s Breasts" - Singer Ash

For singer Ash, the only spots he can sign autographs are on single women’s breasts and this is because women rule the world and he enjoys spending time with them.

In an encounter with Sunday Scoop, the Dubai-based singer stated that he usually got music ideas and inspiration from women.

He said,

“We are in a world dominated by women; they are full of emotions and energy. As an artiste, you can never write enough about women.”

The up and coming singer also noted that his female fans had done a lot of crazy things to express their love for his music.

He said:

“There was a time a lady drew a massive tattoo of my name on her arm. If a lady is single and wants me to sign an autograph on her breast, it is not a big deal. But I will never do the same to married women; I respect marriage.”

Describing his music as a combination of soul and afro-pop, he boasted that his music was different from what most people were used to in Nigeria.

“I do music for the love and pleasure of it. I have lived in Dubai for 10 years and I have achieved quite a lot there as a musician. My plan now is to make a big impact on the Nigerian music scene,” he added.

APC Has No Plans For Igbo Presidency – Obasanjo

A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Saturday asked the Igbo to be wary of promises from the All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Obasanjo who spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting at Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State said the APC had no plans to hand over the presidency of the country to the Igbo.

He urged the Igbo to take their destiny in their hands by getting united in the 2019 general elections and make a mark.

He said, “I urged you the Igbo not to allow anybody to relegate you to the background because you occupy a place of preeminence in this country.

“The Igbo must bury their differences and work together for the actualisation of the Atiku/Obi project in their best interest.

“It’s dangerous to take the APC government seriously,” Obasanjo stated.

Describing Peter Obi as a beacon of hope, Obasanjo asked him to reach out to major stakeholders in the south East to drum support for the 2019 PDP presidential project.

“You and your presidential candidate have become the beacon of hope to all Nigerians who have had it so rough in the last four years.

“You need to think out of the box to take this country out of the woods caused by incumbent clueless administrators.

“With your pedigree as a governor, I’m hopeful that things will work again in Nigeria under your leadership as vice president.

In his welcome address, first republic aviation minister, Chief Mbazuluke Amechi, described Mr Peter Obi as a good man, adding that the Atiku/Obi ticket was needed at a time like this.

The meeting was attended by Mr Peter Obi, former minister of power, Chief Barth Nnaji, former minister of health, Prof ABC Nwosu, former Imo State governor, Ikedi Ohakim, among others.

Nigeria Is Ready For A Female President – Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

Star actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, has insisted that Nigeria is now ready for a female president.

In a chat with Sunday Scoop, Omotola said,

“What else do we need to be as women? You have to agree with me that a lot of women are doing almost better than men now. We all know that women are now in charge of some households and we all know that women are good at organising as well as handling responsibilities. I think Nigeria is ready for a female president.”

Speaking ahead of the 2019 general elections, the actress urged Nigerians to desist from voting for young people without checking their records. She said,

“I am very impressed with the participation of young people in politics today. Years ago, these people were not interested in politics. But I don’t think we should vote for people because they are young, as it will be misleading. We must ensure they are credible by asking questions. I think we should look out for their track records.

“I urge Nigerians not to allow people to intimidate them again. They shouldn’t vote for people because they feel they will win. Instead, vote for someone you believe in even though the person will get only two votes. We cannot continue to choose the lesser evil; we have to desist from that.”

Why Omawumi And I Have Remained Friends – Waje

The Nigerian entertainment industry is full of catfights and many of the practitioners in the sector have openly accused their colleagues of being envious. However, there are some friendships that stand out in the industry and the one between singers, Waje and Omawumi, is one of them. They attend events together and their social media pages are also full of both of them engaged in different activities.

In a chat with Sunday Scoop, Waje revealed the secret of her friendship with Omawumi.

“When you meet someone who you shares the same tastes with and reasons alike with you, then you have every reason to be close to the person. We have both been through a lot together and she has proved to be a true friend time and again. Apart from music, we do a lot of things together and we understand each other so well. She is someone I can call a true friend. I actually have a media company that is into movies, and it is in partnership with her. You will hear more about it as time goes by,” she said.

Commenting on the trend of artistes making songs without edifying lyrics, Waje said,

“People are inspired by different things. You don’t have control over another person’s creative process. Meanwhile, this phenomenon is not peculiar to Nigeria; music is changing all over the world. However, there will always be people of like minds and when all of you speak in one voice, it is easier to effect change. There are a lot of women that create music that is impactful and drives a certain narrative into the new Nigeria that we are trying to build.”

Fans Helped Me Overcome Pains Of My Son’s Death – D’banj

There is no doubt that pop star, Dapo Oyebanjo, aka D’banj, is one of the most energetic Nigerian performers of his generation.

The singer is known to induce euphoria in people who attend his shows with the stunts he pulls on stage.

However, the Mobolowowon singer lost his only son some months ago and many felt it would affect his mojo. He seemed to go off the grid immediately after the tragedy and some even feared that the singer might not be able to put in his usual zeal into his music career.

However, the singer has bounced back from the unfortunate incident though he was badly hurt. He performed at most of the events that took place during the Yuletide and it was vintage D’banj.

At the end-of-year party of a real estate company, D’banj gave such a spectacular performance that fans didn’t want him to leave the stage. During his performance, the singer also revealed how he was able to get through the death of his son.

He said,

“I have been through tough times but I believe that’s what makes one a man. You all know what happened to me recently when I lost my son; it was really a tough time for me. But do you know how I was able to get through it? It was because of you, my fans. You showed me so much love and it really meant a lot to me and my family. It is when certain things happen to you that you will know whether you are a man or not. That incident was a test for me and I am glad that I’m still standing.”

Speaking on what he has for the coming year, D’banj said,

“You just have to keep your fingers crossed because I have a lot of things in stock for you. I am back, bigger and better. Some people thought my career will go down but I’m still here shining. The fans still loves me and that’s what counts. I am very glad that I have very loyal fans who have been with me from the start. I don’t take that for granted because not every artiste has that privilege.”

Lending words of advice to the people at the event, Oyebanjo said,

“You should never be discouraged from following your dreams. When I started my career, so many people said I wouldn’t make it. They thought I wouldn’t go far and they ridiculed me because I was playing the harmonica but look who is standing here now.”

Bangladesh Shuts Off Mobile Internet Ahead Of Election

The Bangladeshi government isn't just counting on Facebook and Twitter crackdowns to protect its December 30th parliamentary election. The country's Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has shut down 3G and 4G mobile data to "prevent rumors and propaganda" from skewing the vote. The measure took effect immediately and was poised to last through the end of election day.

Whether or not that's the main reason isn't clear -- the government doesn't exactly have a clean track record. Bangladesh temporarily shut off mobile internet access in August in an ostensible bid to curb violence at protests over road safety, but there's evidence suggesting that it wanted to stop the dissemination of media showing pro-government activists and police attacking protesters. In 2015, it also clamped down on individual messaging apps in an attempt to thwart protests.

This latest move might help prevent violence and misinformation, but it could also hinder the opposition's ability to rally support. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's administration has been accused of intimidating and imprisoning critics to help maintain power, and this could be another extension of that strategy.

Navy Unveils Measures To End Oil Theft, Pipeline Vandalism

The Nigerian Navy yesterday disclosed that it had increased its surveillance in the country’s maritime domain with the refurbishing of its old vessels and the acquisition of new ones, which would end the rate of oil theft and pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta.

The naval force warned naval personnel not to engage in any form of partisan politics, noting that the statutory duty of the Nigerian Navy was to assist civil authority to ensure that the election was free and fair.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas made the remarks at the inauguration of the newly remodelled headquarters of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS), Warri, Delta State.

Ibas, who was represented by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Saidu Garba, noted that it would be able to reduce, if not end, the rate of oil theft and pipeline vandalism, particularly in the Niger Delta.

With its new plan, the naval chief said the Nigerian Navy had increased its surveillance in the country’s internal and territorial waters with the refurbishing of its old vessels and the acquisition of new ones.

He said, “Our patrols in the water have been reinvigorated. We have almost permanent presence in the sea. This means we have not left any room for the thieves and see pirates to operate.

“Obviously with our presence, they will now have to look for other means to operate. The saying is that control is patrol and patrol is control. So we will ensure that our persistence patrol will enable us to control the maritime domain.”

Besides maritime surveillance, Ibas warned naval personnel against involvement in partisan politics, saying as a statutory responsibility, the military men “must not be involved in any form of politicking. We shall not favour any person or go along with anybody in politics.

“Our second statutory responsibility is to ensure that when called upon we give sufficient security to our INEC officials that will be going into the waters. Obviously, they must require security. Our presence there will enable them deliver their electoral materials as required.”

Ibas warned anybody, especially the youths, not to seek for the assistance of any of its personnel before, during or after the elections, noting that the Nigerian Navy would not hesitate to arrest such persons.

He urged the youths “not to come close to any of our personnel requiring any form of political assistance. Any person that comes to us requiring any form of political assistance, we are going to arrest him because it is against our regulations.

“They should ensure that they go about their democratic rights to vote without any form of violence. We will be called upon to assist any civil authority in ensuring that law and order is maintained during the election period.”

Also speaking at the inauguration, the FOC said the purpose of the on-going renovation exercise in all naval commands, was to ensure that personnel in the entire Nigerian Navy had a conducive environment to operate.

Killer Gas Cylinders Flood Nigeria

Doctors are not known to betray emotions but the Chief Medical Director of the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, Dr Mustapha Alimi, was moved to tears penultimate Tuesday. That day, he was saddened by the increase in burns being recorded in the tertiary institution due to gas cylinders’ accidents. Like Dr. Alimi, Head of Department, Burns and Plastic Surgery, Dr Folake Abikoye, declared that management of burns from gas cylinders is very expensive even for patients who escape being burnt to death. “They cannot afford the burn management and that is the reason why the hospital management is considering setting up an endowment fund to assist the less privileged.”

Harvest of deaths

Three children of the same mother were, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, burnt to death in a domestic gas explosion that rocked their home in Sara village, Jigawa State. Two others who were also affected sustained serious burns. A spokesperson for the Jigawa State police, ASP Abdu Jinjiri, who confirmed the disheartening incident, said that five siblings were affected by the gas explosion that occurred “in the house of one Alhaji Wada Sara.’ The following people, Zainab Wada, Abdul Wada, Aliyu Wada, Fati Wada and Abdulrahman Wada, sustained various degrees of injuries,” he began to speak in a voice laden with emotion. “They were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre Birninkudu in Birninkudu LGA for medical attention.

The incident was as a result of explosion from a cooking gas cylinder. The victims Zainab, Fati and Abdulrahman died at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. They were of ages 3, 2 and 4,” he broke the sad news to newsmen. In Delta, a woman and her four underage children were burnt to death. The distance is, though, about a thousand kilometers from the Jigawa incident, the cause of the destruction was the same; a cooking gas cylinder!

The gas explosion, which rocked the Okwe Market, in Asaba, Delta State also left scores of persons with various degrees of burns. Earlier in August 2015, the Obidigwe family of Azia in Ihiala Local Council of Anambra State, took delivery of the bodies of nine of their children, who were roasted to death in their Lagos abode.

Fifty-one-year-old Charles Obidigwe, a patent medicine dealer and head of the family died instantly, after an unsuccessful attempt to put out a fire, which engulfed his three-bedroom apartment. While Charles, the head of the family died instantly, the other eight members of his family, including his sisterin- law and her son, who were staying with them, died later in a Lagos hospital. The fire was ignited when a gas cylinder exploded and caught fire that engulfed the entire flat when Mrs. Obidigwe was preparing lunch for the family. By the time the incident took place, no single neighbour of the Obidigwes had a fire extinguisher.

So, by the time men of the Lagos State Fire Service arrived, the harm had been done.On Sunday, July 16, 2017, the National Vice President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), South- South Zone, Eddie Bekom, died as a result of injuries he sustained from a gas explosion. The fire, which killed Bekom, a staff of the Cross River Broadcasting Service (CRBS) in Ikom, also claimed his wife and one of his sons, while three other children sustained injuries.

Up North, a gas explosion on August 28, 2017, reportedly wrecked the female hostel in the Jos campus of the Plateau State Polytechnic. The fire, which started around 8.30 a.m., raged on till 11.44a.m., causing confusion among students and staff. Though no life was lost, the fire, which was as a result of gas explosion, the school’s rector, Dauda Gyemang, said, burnt school property and personal effects of students, who were all away to attend lectures.

The use of gas in the hostel is prohibited. Until Uche Okonkwo got married to Ifeoma, the latter never lit a gas cooker all her life. Her arrival in her husband’s modest apartment was, to say the least, a lifechanging moment for her. Since they observed their low-keyed honeymoon at home, Okonkwo was still in bed when he heard a loud bang in the kitchen. Pronto he sprang and ran towards that direction only to meet his wife on the floor of the burning kitchen.

With one hand he flung her through the door and proceeded knock off supply from the giant gas cylinder stationed outside beside the kitchen window. Once out of shock, Ifeoma explained that the first match she struck failed to light the cooker hence she went in search of another matchbox, as the failed stick was the last in the pack. By the time she could grab another match pack from the kitchen cabinet, the entire place had been filled with gas, and without any suspicion, she proceeded to light the cooker.

Cause of destruction

The Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (LPGA), it was, who first hit the nail on the head about sub-standard gas cylinders in Nigeria. The multi-million dollars local gas cylinder manufacturing sub-sector in Nigeria is facing the rock, President of the highest body of stakeholders in the cooking gas sub-sector, Nuhu Yakubu, declared in a chat with Sunday Telegraph. This, he said with passion, is not only a big treat to the geometric growth recorded in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) also known as cooking gas sector in the past 10 years, it had also fuelled the availability of sub-standard cylinders in circulation across the country along with gas that no longer smells to warn of leakages.

Grounds for crisis

The difficulty buoyed by Federal Government’s inaction to end over N1 trillion average annual investments on fuel subsidy has, the Yakubu’s NLPGA, created a shortfall of 49 million cylinders in the system. And confirming the “dangerous trend” to Sunday Telegraph on the sideline of a press conference, he registered the displeasure of stakeholders in cooking gas sector with fuel subsidy.

“Many local cylinder manufacturers have closed shops regrettably due to the way government is handling the energy mix. The inability of the government to deregulate the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol has made it to keep wasting scarce resources on fuel subsidy while it keeps expending scarce resources yearly to import LPG cylinders from Turkey, China, India and other Asian countries,” he said at the press conference to herald the group’s 8th annual conference themed;“LPG diversification: Expanding the LPG frontiers in Africa.” “The last time we heard that over N1 trillion was expended to subsidise fuel. Subsidy is a killer of economy, we – as a nation – are just technically subsidising petrol for the consumption of millions in West Africa.

“We need to end fuel subsidy by deregulating petrol. Let the growth being experience the LPG market be felt elsewhere,” he said, adding that the “Nigeria’s LPG sector is fastest growing in the World. It grew between 2007 and 2017 by over a 1000th per cent growth.” “What is spectacular is the fact that it has been private sector driven. It is a testimonial that with just the creation of enabling environment with deregulation. If the LPG sector is able to grow with deregulation just imagine the level of growth if this is extended to petrol and others.”

Many steps backward

Stating that this growth rate could have been higher, the NLPGA’s boss said: “The reason LPG has not grown at the expected pace is that the sector is being pulled down by market forces from other fuels that are yet to be deregulated.” Another reason, according to him, is that the LPG we need is being flared, it is being set on fire somewhere in Nigeria and the country is not doing enough to tame this tides. “We are a net exporter of LPG meanwhile we still have a lot of LPG that is being flared. Just imagine the level of health hazards being faced by our women who still use firewood. “We don’t need subsidy in our sector. Subsidy is a killer of our economy. Even the petrol we subsidise benefits the rich and the middle class. Their number is even so small,” Yakubu said.

Going into extinction

Declaring that local “LPG cylinder manufacucturers are going into extinction,” the NLPGA boss noted that for this to be addressed, the government needs to incentivize the sector. This, First Vice President of NLPGA, Engineer Baylon Duru said, could be done through port duty reductions; tax holiday and tax reduction for local cylinder manufacturers; incentivise cylinders distribution in Nigeria; incentivise conversion of vehicles from petrol to gas and to Incentivise the cost of entry for millions of Nigeria who still face the health hazards of using the dirty fuel.”

What the Government has to say

Meanwhile, the Senior Adviser, Downstream and Infrastructure to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Brenda Ataga, was quoted as saying the government was working out a package of incentives to encourage investors in the cooking gas subsector. She said the ministry would set up a unit to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Finance to package tariff incentives for credible investors in the industry. Ataga, who during a tour of Tech-no Oil for building the gas cylinder plant, said the petroleum resources ministry was doing everything possible to encourage Nigerians to embrace LPG, also known as cooking gas. She said government was keen on ensuring that every Nigerian household embraced cooking gas rather than using firewood and other harmful energy sources. Also speaking, the Head, Gas Monitoring and Regulatory Division in the Department of Petroleum Resources, Mr Sanya Bajomo, said he was impressed with what he saw at the plant. “It is a thing of joy that we can now manufacture LPG cylinders in Nigeria, instead of importing. We give kudos to Techno Oil for preparing the ground for every household to adopt cooking gas,” he added.

Cooking gas

Cooking gas cylinders are a great relief from kerosene stoves and electric cookers in environments with limited or unpredictable power supply. Some say you haven’t lived if you haven’t blown into the dark rings of a smoking kerosene stove. These cylinders are one of the most common alternative fuel sources in the world, with millions of Nigerian households relying on this cooking appliance, according to recent study by NLPGA. In modern town planning, the use of these gas cylinders is only replaced by the expansion of town gas into buildings, as seen in Hong Kong and Brazil. When handled correctly, gas cylinders are portable, in abundant supply, convenient and affordable. When not handled correctly, they can cost your life. But the sub-standard cylinders are greater threats because whether they are handled correctly or not, they are susceptible to leaks and explosion.

Surge in cylinder’s havoc

Dr. Alimi raised the alarm over increasing cases of burns in the hospital, blaming them on what he described as ‘nonchalant attitude’ of Nigerians in the use of cooking gas. Alimi who spoke during the Hospital’s Burns Awareness Walk further maintained that the increase in burns being recorded in the tertiary institution was due to poor handling of cooking gas or kerosene, generator and the use of phone touch lights while fueling generators. He warned Nigerians against keeping their gas cylinder inside their kitchen as many may not be lucky with such act. “If you are using cooking gas or kerosene, keep it outside. Your kitchen must have a window. If kerosene finished inside the stove while you are cooking, suspend the cooking till the stove is cool before you refuel. “Don’t keep petrol inside the house, do not refill hot or working generator.

If you are living your house, switch off all appliances, if you are going to bed, switch off appliances you are not using. If you want to do electric wiring in your house get a proper electrician and make sure cable is connected properly, don’t leave cable where they can spark and kindle fire “You may get away with it today and not be lucky tomorrow, so the best option is not to try it at all. Most of the phones have a little spark when they ring, and that spark is enough to spark up a fire,” he disclosed. Corroborating his views, Head of Department, Burns and Plastic Surgery, Dr. Folake Abikoye, regretted that many Nigerians still apply things like egg, engine oil, pap among other things on burns injury which can contaminate the wound. “The best thing is to put the injury spot under a running tap to cool the temperature of the affected area and prevent the heat of initial burn injuries to continue to cause more tissue destruction. She urged people to embrace safety precaution help to save lives and prevent loss of property, “burn management is very expensive, some patient cannot afford it that is the reason why the hospital management is considering setting up an endowment fund to assist less privileged.

Last line

The Federal Government must up the monitoring of standard of imported canisters for cooking gas. All Nigerians, including stakeholders should support the efforts at mitigating the risk posed by these sub-standard cylinders already in circulation.

Serap Drags FG To UN Over Failure To End ASUU Strike

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has sent an urgent appeal to two UN special rapporteurs urging them to “prevail upon the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to reach an agreement to end the ongoing strike action by ASUU, which continues to have real and dire consequences on the right to higher education, specifically university education, as guaranteed by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to which Nigeria is a state party.”

In the urgent appeal dated 28 December 2018 and signed by SERAP senior legal adviser Bamisope Adeyanju, the organization said: “By failing to prevent and end the ongoing strike action by ASUU, the Nigerian government has defied and breached the explicit requirements of the right to equal access to higher education by Nigerian children and young people, under article 13(2)(c) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.”

The urgent appeal sent to Ms. Koumbou Boly Barry, Special Rapporteur on the right to education and Professor Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights argues that: “The failure by the Nigerian government to reach an agreement with ASUU has also implicitly made access to higher education a privilege of the rich and well-to-do rather than a right of every Nigerian child and young person, as students in private schools continue to attend classes while those in public universities stay at home.

According to SERAP, “The failure to end the ongoing strike action by ASUU is also a fundamental breach of the right to higher education without discrimination or exclusion, as strike actions continue to penalise economically disadvantaged parents who have no means or lack the capacity to pay to send their children to private schools.

The urgent appeal read in part: “The obligations of the Nigerian government to create the conditions necessary for the enjoyment of the right to education include to take preventive measures to address the root causes of strike action by ASUU and to take steps to end any strike action in a timely manner when it occurs.”

“It is the responsibility of the government to preserve and strengthen education as a public good and a matter of public interest. Without the urgent intervention of the Special Rapporteurs, the ongoing strike action by ASUU would continue and this would continue to impede access to university education for the poor and marginalized.”

“SERAP is concerned that Nigerian students in public universities have suffered many years of academic disruption as a result of the failure of successive Nigerian governments to address the root causes of strike action by ASUU and to timely reach agreement to end strike action and its devastating consequences on the right to equal and quality higher education.”

“Persistent strike actions in the education sector have continued to cause disruption of classes and undermine both the quality and duration of students’ education.”

“We note that the right to strike is one of the fundamental means available to workers to promote their interests. However, we are seriously concerned that the failure by both the Nigerian government and ASUU to make substantial progress in negotiations and reach amicable settlement to end the unduly prolonged strike action has undermined the right of Nigerian children and young people to higher education.”

“The ongoing strike action by ASUU in Nigeria if not urgently addressed would continue to have grave consequences for the youth of our country as well as the country’s development and progress as a whole.”

“Universal access is an essential prerequisite for the exercise of the right to education. But the failure by the Nigerian government to end the strike action by ASUU has contributed to denying students from disadvantaged backgrounds equal access to university education, as these students are unable or lack the capacity to pay to access private schools.”

“This situation has aggravated existing disparities in access to university education in the country, further marginalizing economically disadvantaged parents and students.”

“SERAP believes that providing Nigerian children and young people equal access to higher education should be the core public service functions of the Nigerian government. Providing public schools ranks at the very apex of the function of a State.”

“SERAP believes that equal access of Nigerian children and young people to quality and uninterrupted education including at the university level would contribute to producing citizens who are fundamentally equal and people who actively participate in society. It would enable people to enjoy the rights as well as fulfil obligations that are associated with citizenship.”

“According to our information, members of ASUU suspended their academic responsibilities in the first week of November 2018, and weeks of negotiations with the Nigerian government since then have yielded no amicable settlement or agreement. ASUU is alleging failure by the Nigerian authorities to implement 2009 agreement and the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding.”

“SERAP notes that article 13(2)(c) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights explicitly guarantees the right to higher education, which includes university education. According to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, states parties are required to make higher education including university education available on equal basis, and to ensure the progressive introduction of free education at all levels of education.”

“States parties including Nigeria have obligations to ensure that the liberty of providing education set out in article 13(4) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights does not lead to extreme disparities of educational opportunity for some groups in society.”

“The rights and values enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) all point to the right to the provision of equal access to quality education including at the university level. These rights include human rights, such as the right to equality and the right to human dignity as well as numerous other civil and political rights, such as access to information, which cannot be properly understood or exercised if one is inadequately trained and uneducated.”

SERAP therefore urged the Special Rapporteurs to put pressure on the Nigerian government to:

Take immediate action to end the deadlock in negotiations with ASUU and reach amicable settlement that would ensure that the universities are reopened without further delay and that students return to school;

Increase funding and improve investments in infrastructure and innovation for public universities;

Invest the most in those whose access to education is the most hampered;

Declare education as an essential service in Nigeria to minimise the negative impact of strike action on the right to higher education, including university education

Ogun State Indigene Reject Saraki, Ask Kwara To Keep Him

Following revelation that Bukola Saraki is from Ogun State, as clearly captured in a 1961 newspaper interview of his late father, Dr Olusola Saraki, an Ogun state indigene on Kwara Must Change, Kazeem Sogunle has rejected the senate President.

In a post made on Kwara Must Change platform, Sogunle, who is from Ogun state explained that, Ogun state is complete and do not need Bukola Saraki. He therefore urged Kwara State to keep holding Saraki as he his unwanted in Ogun.

Nigerian Lady Gets Pregnant For Her Ex, Few Weeks To Her Wedding

I actually first heard this story through my girlfriend, it happened to the uncle, but i didnt post about it because of it sensitive nature and untill that i saw it online just this Morning.

It happened to be that the uncle who works in an Oil company has been offshore for over 1Month plus and wanted to have her fiancee married into their family despite his absent, So he had the younger brother arrange for the wedding plans even in his absence only for the lady to collapse on her Traditonal wedding day, When rushed to the hospital, The doctor confirmed her pregnant.

Xiao Wang Is Disabled, 7 Years After Selling His Kidney For IPhone 4

Back in 2011, a young man in China was dying for an Apple iPhone 4, which was the company's hot new phone at the time. 17-year old Xiao Wang made a deal that gave him enough cash to purchase the device, but at a very high cost. Wang sold one of his kidneys for the equivalent of $3,200 USD, which was more than enough for him to purchase the iPhone 4. The handset had become a status symbol at Wang's school, which is why he wanted one so badly.
According to Phonearena, the operation was performed at an underground hospital; Wang was told afterward that after a week of recovery, he'd be able to "live a normal life" with just the one kidney. But the operating room was not sanitized properly, and Wang soon developed an infection in the remaining kidney that made him deathly ill. And that is when Xiao's parents discovered what their son had done. While the Wang family didn't have the financial resources to buy the iPhone 4 that Xiao so coveted, things got worse when the family had to cover the cost of dialysis treatment.

Now 24, Xiao Wang is permanently disabled and will never live a normal life, and while he received a settlement from the hospital, he will need to continue with dialysis for the rest of his life, which will be shortened due to his illness. The moral of this story? It is better to purchase the things you want by paying with the fruits of your own hard earned labor instead of using a shortcut.

I Relocated To US Because Acting Didn’t Work For Me - Wale Adebayo

Nollywood Actor, Wale Adebayo, popularly known as Sango, has opened up on reason why he left Nigeria for the United States of America and it was simply because he wasn't getting enough out of acting.

In a chat with Sunday Scoop, the actor stated that he didn’t wish to relocate to the United States of America at the time he did, but his living condition and that of his family was already deteriorating and so he didn't have any option but to seek a greener pasture.

He said:

“For me, relocating to America wasn’t by choice; the situation of Nigeria played a huge factor in it. At some point, I told myself that I had a family to feed and the industry wasn’t as favourable as it should be. I stopped thinking about myself alone and the need to save my acting career. I wanted to do something for my kids.”

Adebayo added that after relocating to America, he ventured into something new. He stated,

“It wasn’t easy for me to leave what I enjoyed doing for another life in America. But the most important thing is that I am not where I was four or seven years ago. I am in a better place now and my family is more comfortable.”

The Yoruba actor also lamented that it was quite disheartening that despite the effort he put into his acting career, he didn’t get the best from it.

He said:

“I did everything to make a living out of acting but it just didn’t work for me. That is why I respect the likes of Richard Mofe Damijo, Ramsey Nouah, Kate Henshaw and Sola Sobowale. Even when they disappeared from the scene for some years, it seemed they never left once they returned. I call it grace. I have also learnt that an actor should never relax even though he has made a huge impact.”

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AY Replies Fan Who Asked Would His Wife Have Married Him If He Wasn't Rich

Popular Nigerian Comedian, Ayo Makun aka AY has replied a curious fan who asked him if his wife would have married him if he wasn't at the height he is now.

Why Dangote Was Dropped As Buhari’s Campaign Adviser

A quiet protest by Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, against his inclusion on the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidential Campaign Council was what pushed the presidency to quickly remove him, The Guardian learnt yesterday.

Also, Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been accused of seeking to drag Dangote’s name in the mud, and coercing him onto the presidential campaign committee.

The APC on Friday made public the names of members of its Presidential Campaign Council for the 2019 elections through a press statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina.

On the Special Advisory Committee To the President, which the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo chairs, Dangote was initially listed as a member, alongside Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan; Leader of the House Femi Gbajabiamila; APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomole and Mr. Femi Otedola.

But in a remarkable volte-face, the presidency, in a scantily worded two-paragraph statement endorsed by Adeshina titled “Dangote Not Member of APC Campaign Council,” said, “It has become imperative to further clarify the status of Alhaji Aliko Dangote, named under the sub-head advisory members in (sic) the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council announced on Friday, December 28, 2018.

“Africa’s richest man, not being a card-carrying member of APC, cannot, and is not member of the PCC. He is also a member of the Peace Committee, and thus cannot be in (sic) a partisan campaign council.”

The rebuttal rather than explain the circumstances that led to Dangote’s inclusion, further heightened the confusion that it generated, especially since it failed to explain the root of such a development.

Some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who spoke off record on Dangote’s inclusion on the campaign council were of the view that the APC merely attempted to play politics with the billionaire’s name. They also warned that such actions could have dire implications for business and foreign direct investment.

A PDP source said: “There is no other reason the APC has for including the name of Dangote on its campaign committee other than seeking to gain undeserved popularity. But in doing so, the APC and the Presidency have been so wicked and mischievous.
We are aware that the businessman has protested against his inclusion but won’t want to make a media issue out of it.”

Another source hinted that Dangote’s quiet protest was what prompted the reversal by President Buhari late Friday.

“Also, information at our disposal is that Dangote threatened to open up against the Presidency and the APC if they failed to publicly remove his name and offer a public apology to him.

“This is the kind of thing that happens when a ruling party loses credibility and acceptance. In their desperation, they have begun to do all kinds of things to be relevant even though all efforts continue to fail because the party is built around fraud,” he added.

Shortly after the announcement that Dangote was one of the members of the APC Presidential campaign council, President Buhari issued a statement clarifying that the business mogul was not.

Opinions have continued to be divergent on the inclusion of business moguls on the campaign council.

While some argue that it has the capacity to close the gap between the public and private sectors in the country in terms of complementarity of plans and policies, another school of thought is opposed to it, saying the development in the long run may lead to the abrogation of national interest for the pursuit of personal interest to the disadvantage of the citizens, as the government would be so compromised to enforce fiscal and other policies that can better the lives of the citizens.

A development economist and Lead Consultant to ECOWAS, NEPAD, and other multilateral institutions Prof. Ken Ife said bringing tycoons, who operate in diverse sectors of the economy close to government at the highest level, deepens private-public sector dialogue, consultation, engagement and public-private partnership.

He continued: “I know your concerns about ‘policy capture’ and ‘political economy factors’ that are potentially ‘anti-competition,’ but I can assure you that people like Dangote of today are different. He has taken a long-term view of Nigeria and Africa economic opportunities and huge unparalled financial risks in strengthening and diversifying our economies, tackling structural rigidities, infrastructure deficiences and access to micro-credit, to mention but a few,” he argued further.

But for civil society/anti corruption activist, Mallam Auwal Musa, who is the Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) the invitation and inclusion of key actors in the private sector is capable of compromising government, thereby making it ineffectual, especially in enforcing rules where they concern the activities of the actors because they would have become major stakeholders in the affairs of policies, which they can even influence.

Musa, who is also Head of Transparency International Nigeria added: “There is a huge implication for directly involving these two businessmen in the presidential campaign of Mr. President and the ruling party both for national economic interest, and their personal investment interests.

He stressed that the inclusion of businessmen would give birth to a situation, where “they will influence government policies for the advancement of their investments and the nation will suffer economically, therefore creating opportunities for grand corruption in Nigeria and personalisation of governance for the highest bidder.

“On the negative side, it will be a big loss for them if the 2019 is won by an opposition party because they will remove all the favours that this current government is giving them and even introduce other stipulations. I think this idea marks the end of moral superiority that this government is preaching and is a total departure from what Nigerians expect from them.”

Musa added that the ruling party’s desperation to retain power may have contributed to their welcoming people with huge integrity deficit into its fold, some of whom are facing corruption charges. “The president and his ruling party are happy to associate with them encouraging more looting in governance because once you move to support the president, you are not a threat and you are free to enjoy looted public funds. This is disappointing to anti-corruption activists and I believe even the agencies fighting corruption, as well as, our reputation in the international community is being mortgaged for selfish political power,” he said.

Although the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and other members of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) had urged the participation of their members in the electoral processes maintaining that wealth distribution decisions cannot be left to a few, some operators are, however, kicking against partisanship for the sake of business sustainability.

Noting that people with capacity for influence are often side-lined in decision making processes when they chose not to participate in politics, the LCCI at an earlier forum with the INEC had advocated the involvement of the private sector operatives in the democratic and electoral processes to ensure the growth and development of the nation.

In an interview with The Guardian, the Director-General of LCCI, Muda Yusuf, stated that on the basis that the political environment has an impact on the business environment, businesses should show interest in politics.

According to him, there is a thin line between politics and business as it is politicians that formulate policies, manage most government institutions and their activities affect business institutions.

But according to him, while business people are interested in a good business environment, as well as, politics, they cannot be partisan.

“It is not good to be partisan. The kind of policies and institutions that people will like to see should be made open before electioneering through engagements with the political class.

“In other climes, corporate organisations sponsor people to parliaments or contribute to support parties that further their interests and their investments. In this part of the world, whatever support any business entity is giving shouldn’t be partisan in nature and has to be subtle and not dramatised because politicians could be very vindictive.

“If the party you have come out openly to support does not win, such an action could haunt such a business person. We have to contextualise all these things to know how to interact with various stakeholders. The private sector should be interested in government, politics and policies because of the relationship and impact such politics have on the economy and business environment,” he said.

Richard Mofe-Damijo And Wife, Jumobi Celebrate 18th Wedding Anniversary

Veteran Nollywood actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD) and his beautiful wife, Jumobi Mofe-Damijo are celebrating the 18th wedding aaniversary as RMD pens down a lovely note for her.

He wrote:

"18years. Grateful. Humbled by your love and strength. Thank you for making me a better man Abike.

Fayose Hopes To See Osinbajo Patronize Barbing Saloons In Ajegunle, Baga, Zamfara

Former Governor of Ekiti State Mr. Ayodele Fayose has said that he hope that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will patronise ‘barbing saloons in Ajegunle Lagos, Baga in Borno or those armed bandits controlled towns in Zamfara.’

Fayose reacting to Osinbajo’s visit to Luxor Salon and Spar, Wuse 2, where he had a haircut and one on one interaction with barbers, customers and residents of the area who trooped out to welcome him to their neighbourhood said: ‘It is only election fever that will drive a VP to that high class barbing saloon in Abuja, something he never did in the last three & half years.

‘I hope to see the VP patronising barbing saloons in Ajegunle Lagos, Baga in Borno or those armed bandits controlled towns in Zamfara.’

Professor Osinbajo on Thursday visited New Kushingoro Village, a suburb of FCT, in continuation of his family chats ahead of the 2019 general elections. Osinbajo, who spoke partly in Pidgin English, explained to the residents of the community that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was doing a lot to impact on the life of the common man.

He said that TraderMoni was on the schemes deployed by the government to help petty traders.

Osinbajo said that since majority of the residents were farmers, a similar programme would be deployed to empower them.

“TraderMoni wey we dey give, na for people wey dey sell for market. Everybody dey farm; we go see how we go help for farm because President Buhari wants to see how he will help common man.

“Anybody wey dey work; wey dey try to look for work; he go see how him go help them make find work; make them find money do the work; “If na farm you dey farm, how we go help you with your farm.’’ Jubilant women of the village sang and danced in appreciation of the vice president’s visit.

Earlier at the Abuja Games Village, Osinbajo visited the family of Dr Olatunji-David Sanwo where he had a warm chat with the family and restated the government’s commitment to addressing challenges confronting the country.

Speaking with newsmen, Hajia Aisha Musa, Environmental Secretary, Games Village Association, said she was excited that the vice president visited the estate. She pledged to moblise 7,000 residents of the estate to the president 100 per cent of their votes in the forthcoming election.

Another resident, Mr James Green, said that the visit was a welcome development as it was not common for a vice president to visit a neighbourhood to find how the residents fared.

Osinbajo also took out time to visit a Suya spot (skewered slices of meat) in the estate where he patronised the seller.

Afterwards, Osinbajo headed to Luxor Salon and Spar, Wuse 2, where he had a haircut and one on one interaction with barbers, customers and residents of the area who trooped out to welcome him to their neighbourhood.

He advised them to vote wisely as the Buhari-led administration was determined to empower the youths and root out poverty. (NAN)

Marriage Scares Me – Uti Nwachukwu

Actor, TV presenter and model, Uti Nwachukwu, speaks to JOY MARCUS on his career, marriage and other issues

How did you come into the entertainment industry?

As a Big Brother Africa star, a lot of doors were opened to me. Inasmuch as I didn’t win the BBA 3, it still gave me leverage in the entertainment industry. I have not always had interest in acting because my first love was music; so, I always wanted to be a music star. Acting and hosting events came naturally to me, and I was doing it while in school. As for acting, I used to mimic a lot of people and my friends told me that I should become an actor.

What was your parent’s reaction when you told them about BBA?

I didn’t tell them; I only told my sisters. When I got back from the competition, they were proud of me but they said my dad was shocked. I made them happy though I was evicted the first time. Sadly, when I won the BBA 5, my dad had passed on. It was a difficult year for my mother; so, watching me in the house was the only thing that put a smile on her face.

Who gave you your first opportunity in the entertainment industry?

I was given my first opportunity in acting (movies) by Ini Edo and Moses Inwang but for television series, it was Ruke Amata. For TV presenting, I was given an opportunity by Diamond Group Production on a show called, You and I.

How much were you paid for your first movie?

As far back as 2008, I think I was paid N100,000 which was a huge sum as of that time; especially for someone who was not even popular. I was surprised but I reasoned that it was because of the BBA platform.

If you have the opportunity, would you feature in Yoruba movies?

I am an actor; so, I should be open to playing any role. I can’t speak Yoruba but I can learn. There are actors in other countries that learn new languages for a movie. I used to say I would never do an epic movie but I ended up acting in my first epic movie this year. The movie is titled, Trials of Ma’pe, and the reception was really great.

What is your view on the state of the Nigerian entertainment industry?

I will like to see more government funding in the industry. The government should take the entertainment industry as seriously as they take the oil and gas industry. In advanced climes, entertainment industries get a lot of support from their governments. At this time, we ought to have a movie village (in this country).

What are some of the challenges you face on the job?

I would say time management because sometimes, you have so much to do in so little time. However, I love it because it keeps me going. I have been able to prioritise and learn how to work my way around the time.

Since you love music, do you have the intention of releasing any single or album soon?

For fun and pleasure definitely but (not) to make money from it hopefully. I make alternative music; so, I will feature a couple of artistes that do same such as Simi and Adekunle Gold. Next year, I want to start featuring in more movies. I know I said movies don’t pay a lot but I have many friends who are also producers and they have started booking me for roles.

We hardly see you and Alex Ekubo on red carpets anymore, unlike before when the two of you were inseparable. Did you have a fallout?

Can we move to the next question please? I don’t talk about my personal life in interviews.

Some of your colleagues got married in 2018. When do you intend to settle down?

I don’t know when but when it happens, it happens. With the way people are marrying and getting divorced, one has to think twice before going into it. I have met more unhappy couples than happily married couples in my life. It is really scary because if marriage was such a beautiful thing, why are there many unhappy couples. If you check statistics, most married people are complaining. However, I will get married by God’s grace. I will not marry out of my own understanding. I don’t want to be a divorcee; so, I am taking my time. I am currently working on my patience and tolerance level. I am learning how to live peacefully because I am used to having things my way.

What were your childhood ambitions?

I am living it right now. I grew up in Ughelli, Delta State, and my parents prevented us from playing with other kids on the streets; so, they stocked the house with movies. This inspired me to become what I watched. The only thing remaining for me to be fulfilled is to cross to Hollywood; then, I will be satisfied.

Which schools did you attend?

I studied Computer Science and Education at the Benson Idahosa University, Benin City. I can actually practise and become a teacher. I finished well with a 3.9 GPA. If I wasn’t an entertainer, I would probably be working in a telecommunications firm.

Runtown Not Barred From America; He Has A US Tour Early 2019 – Manager

All through the year, there has been a tussle between Douglas Jack Agu, better known as Runtown, and his former record company, Eric Many. From lawsuits to attempted murder allegations and even sex tapes, it has indeed been a dramatic year for the artiste.

But despite all the issues confronting the singer, his manager, simply identified as Ebuka, told Sunday Scoop that Runtown was having the time of his life. He stated, “We are making new music, signing cheques and making money. That is the important thing. We don’t have time for fake news; this is a new generation and we are enlightened. He recently released a new song and video which cost over $1,000 on the video. This year has been amazing for Runtown and we are working on a fashion project too.”

Ebuka added that the recent claim by Eric Many that Runtown had been banned from the United States of America was false and another desperate attempt to dent the image of the singer. He stated, “Did the American embassy confirm this news? If they didn’t confirm it, then it is fake. We don’t have time for rubbish. Runtown will be having a tour in America in the first quarter of next year. There is no problem; people shouldn’t manufacture problems from anywhere.”

₦38,000 Per Night Guest House With 77 Lions In South Africa (Photos)

GG Conservation in Harrismith, South Africa, is offering guests the chance to rent a three-bedroom house at the sanctuary, with 77 lions prowling the grounds.

Stays are listed on Airbnb from £82 per night.

Suzanne Scott, 50, the conservation director, says the rental is perfectly safe thanks to strong electric fences surrounding the building.

"We Stay Dripping" - Annie Idibia Shares Cute Photo With Husband, 2face

2face Idibia and his wife, Annie Idibia were seen hanging out as they look so cute and adorable togeether.

Annie wrote:

"Like 2 molecules of Hydrogen and one of Oxygen we Stay Dripping ���� #sciencestudents#likeWater #gistvic"

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