Friday, 31 January 2020

Soulja Boy sued for allegedly assaulting a woman

Soulja Boy is being sued for allegedly assaulting a woman, after the kidnapping charges against him were dropped last year.

The 29-year-old rapper was accused of kidnapping his then-girlfriend Kayla Myers last year, and after the criminal charges against him were dropped, Kayla is now pursuing further legal action to sue the musician.

According to TMZ, Kayla alleges she was partying with Soulja at his Malibu home on February 1, 2019 when she decided to leave, but got into an argument with one of the rapper's female assistants as she was trying to back her car out of his driveway.

In her lawsuit, Kayla claims she was knocked to the ground, and then Soulja came over and kicked her in the stomach and told her she was "going to die" whilst holding a gun to her head.

The documents allege Soulja directed the assistant to drag Kayla to the garage, tie her up with duct tape and give her a shower.

Kayla claims she was being held captive with an extension cord when a male assistant offered to set her free if she performed oral sex on him, which she agreed to because she "had no choice".

After she was released, she alleges Soulja then said: "Now get this b***h outta here before I knock her down the stairs."

Kayla claims she fractured three ribs and bruised her face during the alleged altercation, and is now suing Soulja for assault, battery, and false imprisonment, whilst also going after the male assistant for sexual battery.

In June last year, it was reported the criminal case against Soulja had been dropped, after The Ventura County District Attorney stated there is not enough evidence to charge the star.

Police had carried out a raid at his home in February over the kidnapping allegations, and whilst he was not charged for the alleged incident, he was arrested for being in possession of fire arms, which was a violation of his probation stemming from weapons violations he was convicted of almost nine years ago.

'My dreams came true' - Somizi Mhlongo

Somizi Mhlongo shared his thoughts about his extravagant white wedding to his husband Mohale Motaung on Friday.

Taking place at the Inimitable Wedding Venue on Thursday, dubbed SA first gay celebrity wedding, Somhale's White Wedding was filled with much secrecy due it being filmed for a Showmax wedding docuseries.

Mzansi's A-listers including Minnie Dlamini-Jones, Cassper Nyovest, Basetsana Khumalo and Boity were in attendance at the wedding spectacular.

Taking to his Instagram page, Somizi shared a clip of Black Coffee DJing at the wedding which was a surprise as the "Drive" music producer was supposed to be performing overseas.

"My dreams came true last night. What a pleasant surprise. This man was supposed to be performing overseas and he decided to surprise me at the end of the evening and played at our wedding.i cried like a baby with excitement. @realblackcoffee I'll forever cherish this moment. And to all performers we thank u," he wrote.

Mohale also shared one of their outfits during the main wedding ceremony and captioned the post: "He said 'I Do'".

"Somizi & Mohale: The Union", the latest Showmax Original is set to premiere on February 24.

50 Cent inducted to Hollywood Walk of Fame

50 Cent has been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as his close pal Eminem gave a touching speech at his ceremony.

The "Candy Shop" hitmaker was honoured with his very own star on the famous sidewalk in Los Angeles on Thursday.

And to celebrate the special occasion, his close pal Eminem gave a moving speech in which he dubbed the 44-year-old rapper one of the "best friends [he's] ever known".

Eminem said: "Of all the things I don't remember about 2002, I have a clear memory of the first time I met 50. The charisma and the personality - everything matched the intensity of his music."

The 47-year-old rapper helped discover 50 Cent over 20 years ago with Dr. Dre - who was also at the ceremony - and has said he's "glad" he "trusted his instincts" when it came to the star's talent.

 He added: "Dre and me knew that if it was going to work on us, it was going to work on the rest of world. I'm glad we trusted our instincts.

"I'm here today because he's not only a business partner to me, this is one of the best friends I've known in the world. I'll say it's much more fun to be his friend than it is his enemy. He's always been there when I needed him."

And 50 Cent - whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III - thanked both Eminem and Dr. Dre for their support in his own speech at the event.

 He said: "I don't think my career would've been what it was without [Dr. Dre and Eminem's] support. Dre is a mentor for the whole squad. He was a mentor for the whole squad because he could guide us in different ways without even him knowing it."

50 Cent was joined by his girlfriend Jamira Haines, 'Coming 2 America' star Michael Blackson, and 'Power' actor Joseph Sikora at the ceremony.

Jermaine Jenas In Frame To Succeed Gary Lineker As Face Of 'Match Of The Day'

Jermaine Jenas has been earmarked as the primary candidate to replace Gary Lineker as the face of Match of the Day.

England legend Lineker has fronted the BBC's football coverage since 1999, when he took over from Des Lynam.

The Daily Mail say the former Spurs and Barcelona man is still viewed in high regard by those high up at BBC but there is talk of him presenting a quiz show on ITV in the near future.

And while there's no exact timeframe of when Lineker will be moving onto pastures new, it's said that Jenas is ahead of Gabby Logan in the pecking order to replace Lineker and it could come in the next two years.

Former Newcastle and Spurs midfielder Jenas has been a regular pundit on Match of the Day alongside Lineker, as well as BT Sport's Champions League and Premier League coverage.

He is also the current host of MOTDx, a football show aimed at a younger audience on BBC 2, and his work has impressed executives within the BBC.

Views on the potential future changes on MOTD have been mixed, with opinions split:

M.I Abaga Has Shoot His Shot At Rita Dominic; Says He Has A Huge Crush On Her

Mister Incredible otherwise known as M.I Abaga says he still has a huge crush on actress Rita Dominic.

His comment came when a twitter fan shared a picture of Rita talking about how he is crushing on Rita and how he now understands why M. I revealed some time ago that he equally has a crush on her.

M.I commented, saying he still has a huge crush on her and it still worries him.

‘Some Women Just Value Romantic Relationships BUT Are Not Necessarily Looking For Marriage’- Actress Toni Tone

Many people live their lives in this world thinking that each other woman in a relationship wants one thing eventually, which is marriage but that has not always been the case.

Some women surprisingly are in relationships, romantic ones for the fun of it— to have someone they can talk to, have fun with, engage in activities and nothing more than that and seasoned Nigerian actress and singer Toni Tones has made that obvious in a Twitter thread.

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Sleeping with men for money is still work – Princess Shyngle

Ghanaian based the Gambian actress and socialite Princess Shyngle has sent words of advice to ladies out there that sleep with men for money.

Many people are of the view that ladies who parade themselves as slay queens on social media should rather get decent work to do instead of sleeping with men for money.

But Princess Shyngle who has been tagged as a slay queen has come out to defend ‘their’ job stating that sleeping with men is also work and it’s about time people start seeing it as such.

According to her, is she fvcks for money, it still works and reserves the right to enjoy the money.

She posted: “You think it’s easy out here making money abi. Even if I fucked for it it’s still work Abeg. Don’t make me slap you, go out there and hustle like I did Abeg no one can brag in peace anymore”

See screenshot below:

Sauti Sol sign exclusive recording deal with Universal Music Africa

Prolific Kenyan Afro-Pop Band, Sauti Sol have signed with world leading music entertainment company – Universal Music Africa.

Universal Music Africa yesterday, the 30th of January, announced the signing of an exclusive recording agreement with the award-winning Kenyan Afro-pop band, Sauti Sol.

The agreement will give the band access to Universal Music Group's global network around the world and allow them greater opportunity to reach new audiences globally.

Concurrently, the band will continue to satisfy and excite their dedicated fan base with bold, creative campaigns that will engage a new generation of fans throughout Africa.

Up on social media, the jubilating Kenyan band humbly penned:

'It’s official! Our first major recording deal, @universalmusicgroup. Thank you guys for being patient. We really hope y’all are ready for the new album. 🔥 #MIDNIGHTRAIN 🌎🚀 @umgsa @africacreativeagency'

Sauti Sol is not new in the African continent and beyond, having made their music debut with their studio album ´Mwanzo´ back in 2008.

Since then, they have scaled the heights, having toured successfully across Africa, the US, Europe and Australia. Bringing home international awards the likes of BET Awards, an MTV EMA for Best African Act and MTV Africa Award for Best African Group.

The chart-topping band has received the recognition and respect of both their fans and the industry.

Just 2019, the band unveiled their own record label – Sol Generation records. With a sole mission of developing and introducing new iconic live African acts.

Founded on the ethos of discipline, order, passion and endurance (DOPE), the label is pitched to attract authentic songwriters and shape shifting musicians, who will pen soundtracks to people´s lives.

Sipho Dlamini, MD of UMG South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa gushed:

'We are delighted to announce our partnership with Sauti Sol, one of the most innovative and creative groups to have broken through from Africa in recent years. Universal Music Africa is dedicated to helping the best African music talent reach new audiences around the world and we are excited to welcome them to our global UMG family. We look forward to working together with them to ensure they are able to authentically celebrate Africa through music and to help introduce their unique blend Afro-pop to new listeners everywhere.'

Lai Mohammed Says Nigerian Government Is Not Gagging The Media

The federal government has denied stifling freedom of expression especially when it involves criticism from the media.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this on Conflict Zone, a political programme on Deutsche Welle when he appeared before Tim Sebastian.

He said there is a lot ignorance and mischief by the international community with regards to Nigeria stressing that the clampdown of some media houses by the federal government was because of the news they were pushing out.

“We are doing extremely well when it comes to freedom of the press. If papers run fowl of the law, they must face the consequences. We have a very robust free press. On the contrary, at a point in time I felt it was the government that was at the receiving end of government” he said.

Speaking on why government backed the Hate Speech Bill given the penalties involved, Alhaji Mohammed said “I feel what is more shocking is the ignorance of people. There is what is called separation of power in major democracies.

“This particular bill you are talking about is a bill submitted not by the Executive but by the Legislative arm of government. So, how can you accuse the Executive? We did not submit the bill.

This is private members bill, by a Senator and the Executive does not have a choice in which bills come through. You see the government does not come in until when the bill has been passed and we didn’t use any influence to get that done.

“The only thing we can do as a president is to refused to assent such a law, the law has not been passed yet. How does the President stop it without being accused of dictatorship? I think when we get to that bridge we look at the contents of that law; in what form will it be passed. But you see, people jump hastily to judgement. We don’t micromanage the parliament.”

The minister also denied knowing the protection of internet falsehood and manipulations bill stating that there is no such bill before the National Assembly.

While addressing questions on human rights abuses, the minister said the administration has suffered a lot of misrepresentation, stressing that the federal government has been sensitive to the issue of human rights.

“Sometimes terrorists, politicians, activists are confused to what is human rights but I do not know of any policy that is deliberately targeted at infringing anybody’s rights.

“Nigeria has been locked in a war with Boko Haram, for almost a decade and the kind of war we are fighting is a war amongst people; even the military has been careful to ensure that as much as possible, rights are not violated. As a matter of policy, government does not violate anybody’s right,” he said.

While acknowledging that several cases of abuses of rights by soldiers have not only been investigated, Alhaji Mohammed said they have been punished and have been made public.

Tanasha Donnah set to rock the East African music curve as she drops new EP

Tanasha Donah, a Kenyan radio girl and music sensation that has clearly clinched her own space in the Kenyan music scene.

A lady who rose to fame after coupling up with Wasafi records boss Diamond Platinumz has proven that she is not there to look pretty and all. She wanted to win!

Tanasha has had her fair share of backlash from both Kenya and Tanzania. Diamond’s fans thought she’d just be another socialite in his life.

However, the lass decided to disapprove the region by venturing into music something that saw her raise the fame bar even further.

Her debut “Radio” with fellow Kenyan Barak Jacuzzi received mixed reactions but luckily she got to over 1 million views.

Well, after the song came the narrative about her faking her age. Netizens could not bottle in the fact that a young person can succeed so fast. Oh well, she had to prove it to the naysayers.

That aside, despite the noise around how she got her fame one thing that stands out about Tanasha is her composure to social media trolls.

She never answers back not unless provoked!! I mean I would too.

It is evident that 2020 will be a good year for Ms Tanasha as she is et to release her first Ep dubbed “Donnatella”.

The EP launch is set for 31st Jan 2020 and a series of Kenya celebrities are set to headline the show.

Being a little economical with details about the party, the mother of one clearly has a big party set for 31st.

Some of the celebrities set to be at the launch include baby daddy Diamond Platinumz who has it all planned in his 2020 tour calendar, Wahu, Nameless, Cate the actress, Nviiri the storyteller, Brenda Wairimu, Khaligraph among others.

Her latest jam “La Vie” that she features Wasafi’s Mbosso was another propel to her music because this girl can sing!

Well, it’s something to wait and see because she has proven herself to her fans.

Aisha Buhari And Patience Jonathan In A Stylish Handshake (Photo)

Vera Sidika’s boyfriend responds to break up rumors

Word making rounds on social media is that Vera Sidika and her handsome Tanzanian doctor boyfriend are no longer together!

This was first announced by Juma Lokole (a close relative of Diamond Platnumz) who is popularly known for his hot scoop when it comes to celebrity gossip!

According to Juma Lokole, the couple seems to have gotten tired of each other and are at the verge of breaking up. Through his Instagram post the fella wrote announcing the alleged break up but seems like he later pulled it down.

Anyway one fan from Vera Sidika’s boyfriend’s camp went on to confidently ask the Doctor whether rumors about him and Vera were true.

This was just to confirm whether he is still together with the lady or he was seeing someone new? However turns out that Jimmy Chansa also did not know anything about his alleged break up with Vera Sidika. He sarcastically responded saying;

@nephisejoandengenye Nasikia umeachwa Kama Kweli Rudi nyumbani warembo kibao alafu we HB msomi
@iamjimmychansa @nephisejoandengenye namimi nasikia pia

@nephiseJoed I Feel You Are Left As You Really Return Home the tablet and then the HB scholar
@iamjimmychansa @nephisejoand another one I hear too

Although his answer did not fully answer the question; Instagram fans feel that there is something Sidika and Chansa are not being open about; since Mr Lokole’s scoops always end up being true!

Nigeria To Increase Visa Categories From 6 To 79

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is set to expand categories of visas issued to foreign citizens intending to visit Nigeria from six to 79 classes of visas under the 2020 Visa Policy to be approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It also clarified that the Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) policy does not mean that foreigners will enter Nigeria without visa, saying that VoA is actually not a type of visa but a process that qualifies a foreign citizen on a short visit to have his visa process at the airport.

The visa expansion would enable Nigeria to resolve the age-long issue of wrong classifications and validity of visas granted foreigners coming to Nigeria and reposition the nation’s immigration practice to serve the current needs on integration.
Comptroller-General of the NIS, Mr. Muhammed Babandede, who was the guest speaker at a breakfast meeting of the Nigeria-South Africa Chamber of Commerce, unfolded the visa category expansion plan yesterday in Lagos.

He spoke on the topic: “The True Situation of Immigration Service in Nigeria Today and Prospects for The Future”.
Babandede said Nigeria’s Visa 2020 Policy comprised three broad categories, which are the Short Visit Visas (SVV), Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) and Permanent Resident Visa (PRV).

He said: “It is proposed that we will have 79 classes of visa. There will be visa for Nigerians in diaspora. It will introduce visitors’ visa. It will enable Nigeria to issue up to five-year multiple visas to citizens of those countries that offer Nigerians such multiple-year visas. There are visas for foreign citizens who worked and retired in Nigeria and those who worked and retired outside the country but desired to settle in Nigeria. It is a very kind of innovation, which seeks to address any need foreigners have for visiting Nigeria.

“The current business visa is going to be unbundled into more than 30 categories of visas. The aim is to align our visa processes to federal government’s policies and contribute to the attainment of Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.”
He identified the vision of the NIS as supporting people coming to do business in the country in a manner that does not jeopardise Nigeria’s national security.

According to him, some of the features of the 2020 Visa Policy include the granting of social visas to visitors desiring to visit Nigeria for religious purposes, sports events and others that need to visit their family members who are residing in Nigeria.
The new visa policy would also accommodate education visa for those desiring to study in Nigeria.

“Our visa categories were mainly for those on business visit without catering for those on tourism and social visits. It means there is need for visas to address their needs and resolve wrong classification of visas, issues on validity of visa and eradicate poor use of discretions in issuing certain categories of visas,” Babandede added.

He explained that the new policy would address the problem of interchangeable use of passports for single return journey by Nigerians abroad with dual nationalities but visiting Nigeria without visa on their passports.

“This distorts people’s travel histories. We expect to see visa in every passport coming to Nigeria which they do not have. So, we decided to create a class of visa for this class of Nigerians,” he added.

The NIS boss, who was represented by Comptroller of Immigration, Mr. Kunle Osisanya, said the policy also created a legal and official basis for Nigeria to reciprocate the issuance of multiple-year visas some countries grant to Nigerians.

“In the past, we rely on discretion that had no legal backing as the current law permits a maximum of 90 days visa.
“We are introducing social visits visa for those that want to visit their family members in Nigeria. Previously, there was no visa category for family members of expatriates in Nigeria to visit them. We are now addressing it. This visa will now enable family and friends to come.

“Also, clergies, journalists, sportsmen visiting Nigeria will now have suitable visas instead of using business visa. Now there will be a suitable visa for you no matter what kind of visit you want.

“Also, those Nigerians who normally travel abroad to have babies will now have the right kind of visa for their babies. They can apply for visa on arrival for these babies without going to Nigerian embassies in the country they delivered their babies.
“Similarly, Nigerians by birth who renounced their Nigerian citizenship because the countries they live do not allow dual citizenship will be issued with an indefinite resident and multiple visa to enable them visit Nigeria whenever they wished. Their spouses will be able to benefit from this also,” he said.

Also, investors with substantial capital importation to the country would be granted resident visa as long as the capital is in Nigerretir

Clarifies Visa-on-arrival Policy

Meanwhile, the comptroller general has also clarified that the Visa-on-arrival (VoA) policy does not mean that foreigners will enter Nigeria without visa.

“The VoA is actually not a type of visa. It is a process that qualifies a foreign citizen on a short visit to have his visa process at the airport.

“The VoA was for citizens of African Union countries to promote trade and continental integration and facilitate the implementation of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

“Sometime last year there was a lot of controversy over VoA, which people misconstrued as visa free entry into the country. The president never said that. What the president announced was VoA for citizens of African Union countries and holders of African Union passports. It is not for Africans who are not carrying AU’s passports. This is for citizens of AU countries. The initiative is from AU as measures to promote integration and trade in Africa. It will also aid AfCFTA.

“For those of you who are planning to float an airline, this VoA policy is capable turning Nigeria into an aviation hub in Africa like what we have in Ethiopia. Also for those who want to arrange tourism packages this policy will present a good opportunity,” Babandede said.

According to him, the ravaging Coronavirus is an issue of concern to NIS.
“Remember we are the first line. However this is a professional area. Medical issues are not within our area of competence. We rely on advice from the Federal Ministry of Health through the National Port Health Services. Once they advise us that we need to take measures, just as it happened at the height of Ebola, I will assure all Nigerians that the NIS will be equal to the task,” he explained.

¨Love is my weakness, impatience is my flaw¨ Betty Kyallo spills

Sassy TV presenter, Betty Kyallo is one known to bash off the critics and walk away like nothing really happened. One so full of life, despite the negative energy, and always living life by her rules.

The beauty recently engaged her online fans in a Q&A session where she spoke a bunch about herself.

First, she articulated she will be turning 31 come the 15th of March. Second, she opened up about her spirited personality and its origin, admitting that being 'Kamba' is the secret.

Third was obviously how flawless she appears in her photos, only to reveal, that the way she maintains her ´lat tummy´ in those photos is:

'I squeeze it in!'

Asked what else she would eye for if not the media, she admitted ¨probably comedy! I think I have a funny bone💯💯¨

The beauty will be remembered for her expose in late 2019 that roped in her sister,  ex-hubby, Okari and his friend, Ken Mijungu, among others, and it didn´t end well.

However, she is still walking her paths, head held high and smile too charming to entertain negative energy.

She revealed that ¨this year´s biggest goal is to encourage women out here to keep pushing¨.

An inquisitive fan, threw in the towel posing ¨When are you getting married?¨ and the mother of one was quick to respond ¨When I do 💥¨

A word for her haters:

'Negative energy is never my problem. It´s the haters problem😊Only I decide what I take in, the rest to me is noise.'

¨No one puts Betty Down!¨ she declared.

Speaking of her flaws and insecurities, Betty penned:

'I fear not making it in life as per my own set goals. Love is my weakness, impatience is my flaw.'

Lastly, speaking on her worst nightmares, Betty stated:

'My daughter in ICU. My accident back in 05.'

She closes off with a mantra of her own:

'Life is a journey in which if you let fear be your driving force, you lose out on the adventure of living. My own word. BK.'

Accidental Discharge: Reps Summon IGP, NSCDC Boss

The House of Representatives yesterday summoned the Inspector-General of Police and the Commander-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps over the rising incidences of accidental discharge by security personnel.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Deputy Whip, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (APC, Abia) and two other lawmakers. The lawmakers wanted to know measures being taken to forestall the incidences. The house also resolved that culprits face the weight of the law.
It mandated the IGP to investigate and bring to justice, the culprit in the killing of a gubernatorial candidate in Imo State, Ndubusi Emenike and other killings attributed to wrongful use of firearms by security agents.

If Crisis Will Help Us Win Election, Then We Need More Crisis In APC - Oshiomhole

The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has boasted that the speculated crises rocking the ruling party did not reflect in the party’s electoral victories in the polls conducted so far.
The APC boss, who dropped the hint while playing host to Kano State chapter of the party recently, also joked that if a crisis is what it takes to win elections, he won’t mind the continuation of more crises.
While addressing a delegation led by the Governor of Kano State, Umar Ganduje, Oshiomhole quipped: “On my part, the victories we recorded especially in this rerun election is very timely.
“When I pick up newspapers and see where they are writing that APC is in crisis, and by the time you turn to the next page they will announce that APC has won this or that elections, I was like if crisis is what it takes to win elections, maybe we will continue to be in crisis.

Recruitment: EFCC Bars Married Applicants, NECA Kicks

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which is currently recruiting, has said only unmarried persons can apply to work in the agency .
The decision has , however , been criticised by the Nigeria Employers ’ Consultative Association, an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress .
In a document, which went viral , titled, ‘Recruitment of Detective Assistants, Detective Inspectors and Detective Superintendents, which is dated January 15, 2020,’ the EFCC stated that all applicants “ must be single .”
For detective assistants , the EFCC stated that an applicant must not be more than 21 years old, must have Senior Secondary School Certificate and must be single ; for those applying to be detective inspectors, the commission stated that an applicant must not be more than 25, must have an NCE or a National Diploma and must be single .
For detective superintendent applicants , an applicant must not be more than 27, must have a first degree , must have completed the National Youth Service Corps programme and must be single .
Incidentally, the EFCC’ s sister agency , the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission is also recruiting .
However, the ICPC did not bar married persons from applying .
The ICPC simply states on its website that applicants must be Nigerian citizens not below 18 years or above 50; must have first degree with minimum of Second Class Lower, while HND / ND holders should have minimum of lower credit.
Speaking with The PUNCH on Thursday , the Director -General of NECA , Timothy Olawale , said the EFCC ’s action was in contravention of the International Labour Organisation’s conventions.
Olawale said, “ The issue of inclusion is one of the problems we have in this country . We always find a way to exclude people. One of the principles of fair recruitment is fairness . What the EFCC has done is in contravention of ILO conventions.
“During recruitment , you don’ t segregate any class . Even if you will apply some factors discretionally in the course of recruitment, you don’t make it public .

Senate Probes NNPC Over $396 Million Refineries’ Maintenance

The Senate resolved to investigate the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation over the $396m spent on Turn-Around Maintenance of refineries between 2013 and 2015. This followed the adoption of a motion titled “The Moribund Refineries in the Country” by Senator Yusuf A. Yusuf (APC, Taraba Central). The Senate mandated its Committees on Petroleum Downstream, Upstream and Gas to investigate the expenditures. It also asked the committees to probe the current state of the refineries as well as convoke a stakeholders’ conference with the aim of finding ways to revamp them.
Senator Yusuf recalled that Nigeria, through NNPC, had in the past 25 years spent billions of dollars in Turn-Around Maintenance of the refineries, the latest being over $396m spent between 2013 and 2015 without meaningful result. Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the Petroleum Industry Bill would be worked upon in February.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

"Femi Adesina Did Not Change" - Abimbola Adelakun

Lately, the Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship issued a press statement to fault the assailment of the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
The exchange had begun when CAN expressed its disappointment with the government’s handling of the Boko Haram threats, the security architecture of the country and, how the sloppy handling of the abduction of a CAN leader in Adamawa, Revd Lawan Andimi, culminated in his unfortunate beheading. In his rejoinder, Adesina, blasé and reprimanding, complained about CAN’s politics and even sent some barbed words to them as a bonus. His riposte generated a counterattack by the NCGF which expressed their disappointment in what he has become.
Let me quickly state that I have reservations with the politics and activities of religious organisations like CAN, the NCGF, and so on, but that is not the crux of this piece. Instead, I want to point out that the NCGF got a few things misaligned in their response to Adesina. One, they implied that as a Christian, he ought to be defending the cause of fellow Christians. Well, the man was not hired into government as a church representative, so anyone expecting him to be on the side of Christians is merely wasting time. That is not his job. Two, the group, in their prevarication, made excuses for Adesina. According to their statement, Adesina has found himself in this moral and professional quandary where he has to “market a bad product.”
This kind of posturing suggests that Adesina loses sleep over what he has to do for a living. While we can only speculate about what Adesina privately thinks about the mess he wipes while at his desk, I also find it hard to believe that he is “saying and doing what he does not believe is right.” The NCGF seems to be underestimating people’s capacity to take a reactionary stance and make it a hill worth dying on. Nothing about the way Adesina conducts himself publicly suggests he develops moral malaria for what he says no matter how reprehensible they might be. The man is a willingly complicit agent in the clouding of issues of public concern. I do not see any dilemma, ethical or otherwise, detaining Adesina.
Three, they also suggested that Adesina had fallen from some professional pinnacle and is no longer “the same person known to speak truth to power.” They said he is paying “an unfortunate price for accepting to package and maintain a product that is not only bacterial, (but is) fungal as well as virulent, but irredeemably putrefied.” When you get over the verbosity of those sentences, you find that their hesitation at getting their point across undermines their position.
Adesina did not evolve from a radical journalist to a bullhorn that now walks around the public square with his eyes wide shut while serving kakistocratic interests. He is what he has been all along, and those who keep suggesting that the demons of Aso Rock have finally possessed him are overestimating his politics. He did not change. People do not change, at least for the worse; they are only revealed with time. Adesina is no different. He simply took up a job that allowed his true character to unfurl. If he were not the obtuse kind of person he has shown himself to be, his Aso Rock paymasters would probably never have hired him for the job in the first place.
If we maintain this perspective of his character, we can remain focused on issues that concern us. When we indulge in syrupy sentiments and lament about how power changes people like Adesina, we eventually get carried away from what truly matters. In this case, it was the gruesome murder of Andimi: what could have been done differently to save his life, and what should be done in case there is a recurrence of the abduction of another Christian leader? With the publicity that the terrorists got from the Andimi episode, they will likely target more known people to generate media buzz. That puts more Christian leaders and their congregants at risk.
Those attacking Adesina allowed themselves to be sucked into a schoolyard pissing contest. By exchanging brickbats with him, they managed to turn potential life and death situation into an orgy of clickbait. Watching CAN, Adesina, and the NGGF throw potshots at one another might be entertaining, but it is also distracting. By now, we should be aware that Aso Rock’s numerous media aides have no other job than to obfuscate issues by fouling the air with their toxicity.
To be sure, the era of Adesina is not the first time we would be gifted with presidential aides who roll up their sleeves and get into “roforofo” (rough fight) with the public. The erosion of the dignity of public office – at least based on the ability to communicate logically and coherently with people – did not start with the Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) regime (and his ultra-rabid aides) and will probably not end in 2023. Since 1999, if one does not go too far back in our political history, we have had presidential spokespersons who talk too loudly without saying anything.
No one should make the mistake of assuming they are poor articulators or that their atavistic outbursts of anger are an expression of their frustration with the populace. No, the point of their faux ire is to divert the public from the emptiness of the government when they turn every issue into an occasion to exchange insults. The goal is not for them to communicate the heart of government to the people coherently and sensibly, but to turn criticisms – especially the legitimate ones – into rancour that will take attention from the issue at hand.
During Goodluck Jonathan’s era they hired Dr. Reuben Abati for a similar job but had to shove him aside when they found that his well-manicured intellect hindered the satisfactory execution of his brief. Dr. Doyin Okupe, the self-described attack dog (or lion) who never hesitated to roll with piglets in the mud took over, and boy, did he do his job well! In Buhari’s regime, they have multiplied the attack dogs. Buhari has more of them in his kennels than he does thinkers and economists. I am sure when Buhari deigns to peep into their activities now and then, he is well-pleased with how they manage to generate befuddling outrage.
Whether suggesting Benue people should give up their land for ranching at the expense of their lives, or saying Boko Haram now only beheads rather than bombs, or insensitively comparing the number of people that died under the Jonathan administration with that of Buhari regime, or promising in 2017 that Nigeria would stop importing fuel by 2019, or claiming that Buhari sold his houses to secure the forex that bequeathed his children expensive foreign education, or shrugging off the question of who was paying Buhari’s medical bills during his lengthy hospitalisations in London and claiming he does not know, or lamenting that Buhari’s 1985 autocratic regime should have lasted longer, or asking us to individually go challenge pipeline vandals who were denying us guaranteed supply of electricity, or even lying that Buhari too starves like other hapless Nigerians because he took a pay cut when they got into office, the long and short of it all is that the man was strategically placed in Aso Rock to muddle matters.
The goal is to get us talking about his silliness while we overlook the pressing subject of concern. When Adesina said that Buhari never promised to receive treatment abroad, he managed to momentarily detract from the point of the criticism of the President: bleeding the nation of resources to receive the quality medical care inaccessible to most other Nigerians.
At this stage, we should transcend the point where we get into fights with administrative errand boys and girls. It goes nowhere and resolves zilch. Those we have business with are both elected and appointed public officials whose duties matter to the development of the nation.

Kobe Bryant Speaking On Why He Usually Flies Private Helicopters (Throwback Video)

Throwback video of #KobeBryant speaking on why he usually flies private helicopters. He was such a devoted family sad.
So painful we lost a darling and energetic sportsman. May your soul rest in peace.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Amotekun Should Fight Ritual Killings, ‘Traditional Corruption’ - Oluwo of Iwoland

The Oluwo of Iwoland Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, yesterday called on Yoruba stakeholders to use the regional Amotekun to checkmate what he called the incessant traditional corruption and ritual killings. The royal father said politicians should be held responsible for trading their game with kidnapping.

In a statement by his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, Oluwo said: “Amotekun as an institution should be made to fight traditional corruption most especially ritual killings consuming our children’s blood daily.

There is blood of innocent people in the street. It is a failure on the part of government, traditional institution and other stakeholders that no severe legislation is enacted to punish ritual killers and their accomplice” “I want to charge all the stakeholders to streamline the activities of Amotekun to prioritize checkmating of ritual killings to protect innocent lives and enact death penalty for any culprit caught killing human for rituals. I’m not happy with ritual killers.

“They are not human. Government should help us by enacting a law against ritual killers. Whether male or female, anyone killed by ritual killer is my children. It must stop. Human are not animals that you slaughter, killed and dismembered. It is an aberration. Such is never part of any culture. We should empower Amotekun to challenge such barbaric act.”

Brexit: United Kingdom To Exit The European Union On January 31

Members of the European Parliament have overwhelmingly backed the terms of the UK's departure from the EU.
MEPs ratified the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement by 621 votes to 49 following an emotional debate in Brussels.
After the vote, MEPs marked the UK's exit by singing Auld Lang Syne.
Several British MEPs said they hoped the UK would return one day although Eurosceptics, including the Brexit Party's Nigel Farage, used their final speeches to tear into the EU.
The UK is due to leave the bloc at 23:00 GMT on Friday.
Ratification of the withdrawal agreement, agreed by the UK and EU in October, was not in doubt after it easily cleared its committee stage last week.
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Signing the letter confirming the EU's consent, the Parliament's president, David Sassoli, said the two sides must heed the words of the late Labour MP Jo Cox when approaching their future relationship and recognise "there is more that unites us than divides us."
"You are leaving the EU but you will always be part of Europe…It is very hard to say goodbye. That is why, like my colleagues, I will say arrivederci."
Wednesday's session saw those on either side of the Brexit debate, including the UK's 73 MEPs, celebrate or lament the end of British EU membership.
Some MEPs marked the occasion with songs - others wore "always united" scarves.
The Parliament's Brexit spokesman, Guy Verhofstadt, said it was "sad to see a country leaving that has twice given its blood to liberate Europe".
He added that British MEPs had brought "wit, charm, and intelligence" as well as "stubbornness", and would be missed.
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said ratification of the withdrawal deal was "only a first step" towards a new partnership between the EU and the UK.
The two should "join forces" in areas such as climate change, she said, and seek a close partnership following the UK's exit on Friday.
"We will always love you and we will not be far," she told the UK in closing.
The EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier also wished the UK well, saying the bloc would approach talks on the future relationship with "patience" and "objectivity" while defending its members' interests.
On the other side, though, Conservative MEP and prominent Eurosceptic Daniel Hannan said opinion in Britain turned against the bloc when it became clear "the aspiration was to have the EU as a quasi-state".
"If at any stage Britain had been able to have a trade-only relationship that would have been enough," he went on, but added: "You are losing a bad tenant and gaining a good neighbour."
Mr Farage - who has been campaigning for the UK's exit since before he was first elected to the Brussels Parliament in 1999 - used his final speech to excoriate the EU.
"I want Brexit to start a debate right across Europe - what do we want from Europe?" he said, arguing that "trade, friendship, co-operation and reciprocity" between nations could be achieved without "all of these institutions and all of this power".
He and his fellow Brexit Party MEPs waved Union flags before walking out of the chamber en masse.
A tearful Molly Scott Cato was applauded and hugged by her colleagues after she spoke of her "grief and regret" at Brexit and the hope she would return to the European Parliament "one day".
"While now is not the time to campaign to rejoin the EU, we must keep the dream alive," the Green Party MEP said.
Belgian MEP Philippe Lamberts said the EU must learn lessons from the UK's decision to leave.
He said the bloc had to "regain the hearts and minds of European citizens" by focusing on what it could do for the many, not the few.
Earlier, the S&grin coalition, which houses Labour's 10 MEPs, displayed a sign aimed at departing British members, which read: "It's not goodbye, it's au revoir."
On Tuesday evening, several MEPs in the Green group also held a ceremony to mark the UK's departure.
While Brexit Party MEPs spoke of their joy and relief at leaving, others shared messages of sadness on social media as they prepared to vote for the last time.
The Green Party's Alexandra Phillips tweeted: "I'm devastated to be leaving the best job in the world.
Twitter post by @catherinemep: As the LDs attend their last @RenewEurope group meeting we exchange gifts, memories of campaigns we fought, lost and won. You will always be our friends, and we will one day return I am sure.
After the UK leaves, there will be an 11-month transition period in which the two sides hope to negotiate their future economic relationship.
Trade talks are expected to begin in earnest in early March. The European Parliament will also get a say in ratifying any future deal

Coronavirus: Travellers From China To Lagos To Be Quarantined For 10-15 Days

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi has said that the Chinese government through her embassy in Nigeria is working with Lagos State Government to prevent the entry of Corona Virus into the State.
Abayomi who disclosed this today while giving update on the State government’s level of preparedness to prevent or contain any possible entry of the disease as well as other infectious diseases into Lagos said the areas of cooperation include the issuing of advisory on travel between China and Lagos and self-quarantine of persons coming in from China and other endemic countries especially from South-East Asia to Lagos.
The Commissioner noted that the Chinese government has sent notification to her citizens to remain in China until there is clarity about the spread of the infection, adding that the Chinese government has also instructed that their citizens who choose to return to Nigeria should be self-quarantined for 10 to 14days.
In his words, “We are very happy with the cooperation we are receiving from the Chinese government. We’ve had a very serious and high-level discussion with the Chinese government through their embassy in Lagos, our primary concern has been the return of their citizens to Lagos in a few days’ time and we are happy to inform you that the embassy of China is also concerned about this, and they have sent out information through notifications to their citizens and companies located in Lagos that their citizens should try and remain in China until there is clarity about how this infection is going”.
“However, if some of them choose to return, and we cannot restrict people, if they do return to Lagos, the instruction from the Chinese Embassy is that they should be quarantined for a period of 10 to 14 days in their houses, hostels and accommodations”.
The Commissioner added that officials of the Ministry of Health would meet with associations of businessmen in Lagos particularly those who make use of the China-Nigeria trade routes to advise them on their travels to Asian countries particularly China and educate them on precautionary measures against contracting the disease.
Abayomi while outlining strategies and plans that have been put in place by the State government to prevent or contain possible outbreak, averred that Lagos is particularly vulnerable and susceptible to an entry of the virus because the large trading population between Nigeria and China, large number of Nigerians travelling back and forth on the Lagos-China trading route and a large number of Chinese citizens living in Lagos or using the State as a point of entry.
He noted also that the peculiar nature of the State due to its very high dense population, many high-density residential locations and a significant number of slums also makes it become particularly vulnerable to outbreak spread of infectious diseases.
“Lagos is also particularly vulnerable because of its peculiar nature; it is the largest megacity in Africa, it has a very high dense population and it has many high density residential locations and a significant number of slums and therefore it becomes particularly vulnerable to outbreak spread and it our duty to ensure that we put all strategies in place to try and prevent the entry or the spread of the virus in our communities”, the Commissioner said.
Abayomi explained that the State government recently activated an Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) which is the command and control Center to coordinate operational information and resources for strategic management of emergencies in preparation against infectious diseases.
He disclosed also that citizens are being sensitized on precautionary measures against the spread of the infection as well as other infectious diseases through the circulation of various messages for behavioural modification.
He revealed that the Biosafety laboratory located at the Lagos Mainland Hospital, built to ensure effective management of infectious diseases has fully commenced operations. He added also surveillance activities are being intensified across the state to fast track the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases whenever they occur.
“We have recently activated an Emergency Operation Centre to fast-track the management and diagnosis of an outbreak of infectious disease. We are also ramping up security in our biosecurity unit at the Mainland Hospital designed to cater for a large number of patients with highly infectious diseases but in case there is an overflow of patients, we have in place contingency plans”, the Commissioner said.
He explained that the second pillar of the developmental agenda for a greater Lagos promised by Governor Sanwo-Olu as espoused in his T.H.E.M.E.S agenda which put health and environment in the same category is very important because most of the dangerous pathogens are kind of zoonotic infections which comes from the food chain and environment to infect people.

Nairobi Diaries actress Pendo steps out topless

Socialite, actress cum singer Pendo has left tongues wagging on social media after her topless photo surfaced online.

Looking at the photo it’s evident to see that she did not have a bra nor top on when the photo was taken.

She is also seen in the company of an alleged male video vixen – meaning that this is from her new project set to drop soon.

After staying silent for a long time, seems that Pendo needed to hype her new project hence could have leaked the photo online herself.

However, we can agree that her plan is working since most people are now circulating the photo on Instagram; but the singer has not yet said anything it.

This is not the first time the lass is pulling the such a stunt online. So far she is known well for her controversial ways and fights as seen on TV series, Nairobi Diaries!

Anyway whether it’s a new project or not…we can comfortably say that Pendo is clearly willing to do anything to keep fans on social media talking!

Check out the photo below!

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