Archive for March 12th, 2015

ISIS Formally Admit Boko Haram Into Their Fold

According to AFP, ISIS has now accepted the allegiance of Boko Haram. Find the report below…

The Islamic State group has welcomed a pledge of allegiance to it made by the Nigerian jihadist organisation Boko Haram, according to an audiotape Thursday purportedly from its spokesman.
“We announce to you to the good news of the expansion of the caliphate to West Africa because the caliph… has accepted the allegiance of our brothers of the Sunni group for preaching and the jihad,” IS spokesman Mohammed al-Adnani said in the message, using the Arabic name for Boko Haram.

Itself a radical Sunni Muslim movement, IS has seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic “caliphate” there, and has also drawn expressions of allegiance from jihadists in Egypt and Libya.
On Saturday, an audiotape attributed to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said “we announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini al-Qurashi,” referring to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Shekau has previously mentioned Baghdadi in video messages yet stopped short of pledging formal allegiance.
But there have been increasing signs that the Nigerian militants, whose six-year insurgency has claimed more than 13,000 lives and left 1.5 million people homeless, have been seeking a closer tie-up.
IS spokesman Adnani urged Muslims to join militants in West Africa and insisted that the caliphate was growing.
“Our caliphate is resisting and it is advancing in the right direction. We are fighting the Crusaders and the rafidah (Shiites) and day by day the Islamic State is becoming strong,” he said.
He insisted that the jihadist group is “sure of its victory” regardless of the challenges it is facing.
For months, IS has been targeted with air strikes from a coalition led by the United States and suffered territorial setbacks in Syria and Iraq.
And Iraqi government forces have closed on the city of Tikrit this week in a bid to retake it from the group.

(Photo News) See Full Details Of President Jonathan’s Visit To Nigerian Stock Exchange @Richard

 

(War Against Insurgency) Mercenaries Joins The Nigerian Troops In Fight Against Boko Haram

Hundreds of mercenaries from South Africa and the former Soviet Union have reportedly been hired by the Nigerian government to fight alongside the Nigerian troops to rout out Boko Haram terrorists from the North Eastern part of the country. According to Reuters, quoting regional security, defense and diplomatic sources, the mercenaries were being paid about $400 in cash each a day.

Nigerian army soldeirs patrol along a road in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria, on March 5, 2015.  Nigeria's government said that work had begun to rebuild a school in the northeastern town of Chibok from where Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped more than 200 girls last year. Finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala laid the foundation stone at the Government Secondary School on Thursday on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan, a statement from her office said. AFP PHOTO

Defence spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade however denied the report explaining however that “there were offers of training and intelligence assistance from friendly countries. Also, our neighbours operating under the auspices of the Multinational Joint Task Force are also backing our efforts from all our borders with them and some of these arrangements predate the present operations”.

In an interview with Voice of America late on Wednesday, President Goodluck Jonathan said two companies were providing “trainers and technicians” to help Nigerian forces. He did not name the firms, or the nationalities, or give numbers.

But a West African security source and a South African defense source told Reuters that the foreign troops were linked to the bosses of former South African private military firm Executive Outcomes.

Executive Outcomes was best-known for its involvement in Angola’s 1975-2002 civil war and against Revolutionary United Front rebels in an internal conflict in Sierra Leone in 1995. It disbanded in 1998, under pressure from the post-apartheid government in Pretoria to curtail mercenary activities.

The West African security source said several hundred foreigners were involved in running major offensive operations against Boko Haram, and were being paid around $400 a day in cash.

Separately, a South African defense contractor confirmed to Reuters that ex-Executive Outcomes leaders were involved in the deployment, which came after the six-week postponement of elections in mid-February due to the threat from Boko Haram.

One Abuja-based diplomat said the South Africans were backed by soldiers and hardware from the former Soviet Union in an alliance against Boko Haram.

South African mercenary killed

Meanwhile, a South African mercenary was shot and killed by friendly fire during operations against Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria, a military officer and a civilian vigilante said on Thursday.

The vigilante, who asked not to be identified for security reasons, told AFP that the man died on Wednesday as Nigerian Army soldiers fought to recapture the town of Bama, in Borno state.

“He was killed when a convoy he was travelling with was mistaken for that of Boko Haram insurgents, which prompted a military tank to open fire,” he added.

The military officer, who also requested anonymity, confirmed the account, describing the death as “friendly fire”.

An Afrikaans-language website in South Africa, Netwerk 24, identified the victim of the friendly fire incident as Leon Mare Lotz, describing him as a private military contractor.

His wife, Almari, was quoted as saying: “I just know Leon was killed. I know that he went to Nigeria with his eyes wide open and was aware that it was a dangerous operation.

“He was with some of his brothers-in-arms who have walked a path with him for many years.”

The report said Lotz’s driver was also killed in the shooting, which was attributed to a “miscommunication”.

IS welcomes Boko Haram allegiance

In a related development, the Islamic State group has welcomed a pledge of allegiance to it made by the Boko Haram, according to an audiotape Thursday purportedly from its spokesman.

“We announce to you the good news of the expansion of the caliphate to West Africa because the caliphate has accepted the allegiance of our brothers of the Sunni group for preaching and the jihad,” IS spokesman Mohammed al-Adnani said in the message, using the Arabic name for Boko Haram.

On Saturday, an audiotape attributed to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said “we announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini al-Qurashi,” referring to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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(Entertainment Gist) Why Family Members Are At War With Dr. Sid @olaitanmatti

Dr Sid (13)Africans are known for their value for culture which they adhere to strictly, one of the most common norms among the culture in Nigeria is the way they accord respect to elders it is seen as a sign of proper
home training for any young man to respect those who are not even
members of their immediate or extended family. However, this moral
stand of Africans seems to have fallen off the radar of Sidney Onoriode Esiri
popularly known as Dr Sid.

The member of the Mavin crew, according to an aunt, has allowed his fame and money he’s making to take the best out of him, as he now has little or no regard to family not minding the relationship with the
person or the age. The Dental doctor turned musician, was gathered he has hidden under the guise of a minor family squabble to insult some of his aunt, even in the presence of his wife.

Source revealed that the show of shame took place sometimes late last year when Dr Sid encountered his aunt in a UK airport, on their way back to Nigeria after a visit to the queen’s land, the source while narrating the event explained that he was the one that first greeted the aunt who after normal pleasantries asked him the reason he did not attend his cousin’s wedding in Lagos , and that it was surprising to the aunt when he claimed that the reason he was being invited was because they want him to come and sing, the aunt was said to have rubbished such talk after she told him nothing of such was expected of him, and she piqued if he’s no longer a member of the family?

Angrily, the aunt turned to the wife to asked if she knew her and when the wife was said to have show no sign of comprehension, the aunt had introduced herself as her husband (Dr Sid) mothers sister, this the eye witness said did not generate any form of response from the wife, who was just looking at her.

Dr Sid later tried to cover by telling the aunt that the marrying cousin should have personally informed him a thing the aunt also countered as she was the one that personally informed him of the wedding and she also told him he has changed from the young man that cherished the family to one that careless about them.

This infuriated the Mavin signed musician, who later followed the aunt to the ticketing queue after the encounter has been reported to some family members to give her a piece of his mind. The opportunity which he grabbed while leaving the queue, he was said to have turned and said to the aunt “ you belong to an asylum you F**king b**ch ”, his statement was said to have come as a shock to the aunt who also felt embarrassed that a boy she raised could have grown to becoming a man like that, she was said to have immediately put a call through to his elder brother who stays in (Cardiff ) Wales, who called Dr
sid to apologies to their aunt but he was said to have ignored his brother’s advise, his mother was also said to have been informed by the aunt on the extent fame has hampered her son’s moral.

Dr Sid totally ignored this story when he was confronted via twitter .

By Olaitan Matti

(Sports) Ibrahimovic Reacts To Red Card Against Chelsea @Richard

Ibrahimovic on Chelsea red card: I felt like I had 11 babies around me

The PSG striker was given his marching orders for a challenge on Oscar in the first half and the Sweden international was unimpressed by the reaction of the opposition

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has criticised Chelsea‘s players for their reaction to his Champions League red card, branding the Blues “11 babies”.

The Sweden international was dismissed after 31 minutes following a collision with Blues midfielder Oscar, with the likes of John Terry, Nemanja Matic and Gary Cahill surrounding referee Bjorn Kuipers immediately after the challenge.

And Ibrahimovic was far from impressed with Chelsea’s players and the referee, insisting that he attempted to pull out of the tackle.

“When I saw the red card I was like ‘the guy doesn’t know what he’s doing’ or maybe he saw something else,” he said.

“The worst is what I see when I get the red card – all the Chelsea players come around. It felt like I had 11 babies around me. I pulled out because I saw him also coming.

“I don’t know if he [Oscar] was acting afterwards or where I hit him. It doesn’t matter. We won the game and we went through so we will see what happens.”

Thiago Silva headed home as PSG battled back from 2-1 down in extra-time to book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition and Ibrahimovic hailed the Ligue 1 champions for recovering despite being down to 10 men.

He added: “It was an amazing performance because we were playing with one less, even in extra-time, so they should have all the credit they can get. They played with big hearts. We showed quality and big heart.”

(Sports) David Luiz Apologises For Celebrating Goal Against Chelsea @Richard

David Luiz apologises for celebrating against Chelsea

The Brazil defender went against modern etiquette by celebrating wildly against his former club – but said sorry afterwards

Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz has apologised to Chelsea fans for celebrating the goal which contributed to the Blues’ exit from the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Brazil centre-back netted the 86th-minute equaliser that sent the match to extra-time, before Thiago Silva cancelled out Eden Hazard’s 96th-minute penalty to take the score to 3-3 on aggregate and send PSG through.

The goals only tell half the story, though, with PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic controversially sent off in the first half before Gary Cahill put Chelsea ahead with nine minutes to go.

The modern-day etiquette is to not celebrate against a former club – Danny Welbeck incurred the wrath of some Manchester United fans following his winner for Arsenal at Old Trafford only on Monday – but Luiz, who was at Stamford Bridge from 2011 to 2014, did not hold back.

“My cycle finished in Chelsea, PSG gave me a great opportunity to continue my career,” Luiz told Sky Sports 5. “I was very happy at Chelsea. I respect everyone.

“Tonight was good for me to score. I said I wouldn’t celebrate but my emotions I couldn’t control.

“Thank you to Chelsea and sorry I celebrated because I was so emotional.”

“It is amazing for everyone, amazing for Paris club, for Paris city,” he added. “We did a great game, we tried to win the game.

“I am happy to be in the next round but we have a long way to go to win the Champions League. We have to keep our feet on the floor.”

(Nollywood) Current Women Can’t Manage Their Homes, Actress Bimbo Thomas @semaotakeit

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Ace Nollywood actress, Bimbo Thomas has revealed that lots of women we have current can’t manage their homes. Read her comments here:

 

Why has it been difficult for you to get married?

No, it depends on the individual. Staying married is more difficult. You can get a man whenever you want, but a lot of women don’t know how to manage their homes. I promise myself to be good when I get there.

So, what are the qualities of the man you want to spend the rest of your life with?

I want a God fearing man with quality brain. Confident person who will stand up to his right any day and of course, good looking because I am good looking as well

(Politics) APC Senators Set For A ShowDown Over Senate’s Confirmattion Of Obanikoro @Richard

A walk-out staged by senators of the All Progressives Congress, APC, against the screening and subsequent confirmation of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro as minister could not stop the Senate yesterday, as it confirmed his nomination among six other ministerial nominees.

Obanikoro

The spirited protest of the opposition legislators, led by Senators Bukola Saraki, APC, Kwara Central and Ganiyu Solomon, APC, Lagos West, who raised points of order to stop Obanikoro’s confirmation by the senate along seven other ministerial nominees screened before him, made the Senate session to be dramatic and tension-soaked.

Drama over screening

The drama started immediately the Senate resolved to commence the screening of the last four ministerial nominees slated for yesterday, through a motion moved by the Leader of the Senate, represented by the Deputy Leader, Abdul Ningi, PDP, Bauchi Central.

Ningi had raised order 15 of the Senate rules under personal privilege, to remind the Senate President, David Mark, that the Senate resolved last week during closed door session, to have another closed door session before carrying out screening on one of the four, Musuliu Obanikoro.

But the Senate President ruled him out of order by declaring that executive session is not a privilege but just a decision that can be made by the Senate at any time is deemed necessary.

At this point, Senators Saraki and Gbenga Ashafa made spirited efforts to stop Obanikoro’s screening by raising order 53(5) of the Senate standing rules which states “that reference should not be made by the Senate to any matter on which judicial decision is pending in such a way as might in the opinion of the Senate President, prejudice the interest of parties thereto.”

But David Mark in ruling him out of order, said nobody has served him any notice on the case and therefore, as far as he was concerned, “there is no case in court against the subject matter before the senate for legislative consideration.”

After Ashafa, came Senator Babajide Omoworare, APC, Osun East, who as a constitutional lawyer, quoted relevant sections of the constitution and senate’s standing rules, to aid his opposition against Obanikoro’s screening but was also ruled out of order by the Senate President.

Adetunbi had in his own argument against Obanikoro’s screening by the Senate premised on order 15 of the Senate standing rules, said it would be gross injustice against him if Obanikoro’s screening was allowed to take place on account that a case against that was already in court, a similar judicial process, he disclosed, made him on the advice of the the Senate President, to step down a motion he wanted to raise on the floor of the Senate over the Ekitigate saga in which Obanikoro was alleged involved.

Also, the last effort made by Senator Ganiyu Solomon, Lagos West, to stop Obanikoro met the brick wall of the Senate Leadership.

Solomon who raised order 53(9) insisted that since all the three senators from Lagos States are against Obanikoro’s screening, the senate in line with its known tradition, should defer his screening to another day, to give room for possible change of position of Lagosians in particular and Nigerians in general, against his nomination.

In his submission, the Senate President, David Mark, said the Senate with the situation on ground, was caught in between two known traditions.

The Senate, thereafter, confirmed the nomination of Obanikoro and the seven other nominees screened before it.

They were, Mrs Hauwa’u Lawan from Jigawa State, Kenneth Kobani from Rivers State, Senator Joel Danlami Ikenya from Taraba State and Senator Patricia Akwashiki from Nasarawa State.

Others are, Professor Nicholas Akise Ada, Benue State, Col. Augustine Akobundu (Abia State) and Fidelis Nwankwo, Ebonyi State.

APC senators brief press

The aggrieved APC senators later briefed the press to disassociate themselves from the confirmation of Obanikoro as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, alleging that the confirmation was null and void since the senate did not form quorum to do it after their walkout.

But the Senate’s spokesman, Eyinnaya Abaribe, PDP, Abia South, countered them by saying that “matter of quorum in the Senate as guided by its rules, is determined at inception of everyday’s business and not at the tail end in which the APC senators staged a walkout protest.”

Lagos APC on Obanikoro and Ekiti rigging scandal

Meantime, Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has described the confirmation of Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro as a Minister by the Senate despite damaging implications in a rigging scandal in Ekiti State, “as an act of impunity and corruption as well as show of shame that further muddles the image of Nigeria and the senate.”

Publicity Secretary of the party, Joe Igbokwe, while reacting to the development yesterday, said that the confirmation of Obanikoro showed the sinister intent of the senate leadership and the PDP to institute deep rooted corruption and illegality in Nigeria so long as their nefarious interests are met.

– Vanguard

(Politics) APC Fires Back At PDP Governors Over Attack On Buhari @Richard

 All Progressives Congress, APC, governors, yesterday, rebuffed Tuesday’s concerted attack on the party’s presidential candidate, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors, describing it as a reflection of the poverty of ideas of the ruling party.

Femi Fani- Kayode and Lai Mohammed

The governors were joined by the APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who described the attacks as suggestive of the “desperation, despondency and dejection” of the ruling party to the Buhari phenomenon across the country.

The governors, in separate reactions, faulted the failure of the PDP governors to articulate issues that would promote their party, saying the resort to attacking the person of Buhari showed the emptiness of the ruling party in Abuja.

PDP governors led by the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Obong Godswill Akpabio and factional chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Jonah Jang, had in a media parley in Lagos on Tuesday raised several allegations bordering on Buhari’s past services to the nation and his capacity to steer the nation. The charges were capped by that from Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State who alleged that Buhari would serve only one term, a development he said would deny the North an eight-year shot at the Presidency.

Among the governors that reacted to the allegations yesterday, were Governors Adams Oshiomhole, Edo State; Rochas Okorocha, Imo; Rauf Aregbesola, Osun; Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo, and Abdulfatah Ahmed, Kwara.

It’s desperation, despondency, dejection —Mohammed

Reacting to the attacks on the party’s presidential candidate, Mohammed, the APC national publicity scribe, told Vanguard yesterday: “What has come out clearly in the media interaction between the PDP and the media yesterday (Tuesday) is desperation, despondency and dejection on the part of the PDP.

“When you have an interaction with a gathering like PDP governors, you expect something much more elevating. You see, they lost a beautiful opportunity to even sell their party.

“When they concentrated on attacking an individual, people went away with the impression that they have run out of ideas, and they have run out of issues. So, that is why you find that if you took a poll yesterday and a poll today on the popularity of PDP you will find out that it sank lower especially against the fact that this man who they have been attacking almost daily has never uttered a word in retaliation because what they are attacking is the integrity of this man, but his integrity is unassailable.

PDP has already accepted defeat

“I think Nigerians have now got to the point of asking PDP: do you have anything in stock for us? Why don’t you advertise your own wares? Honestly, I looked at PDP yesterday and was very sorry for them.

“From what happened yesterday, PDP has already accepted defeat because they are saying already that Buhari will not have two terms, that he would have one term. Why should that become the concern of the ruling party? They are already behaving like the opposition party.

“I think Nigerians are not taken in by this smear campaign. On the contrary, the man is becoming more and more popular and they are spending so much money, so much time, so much effort vilifying this man. Even those APC members who are not on the ballot, they are spending time and money to vilify them. Is that what this campaign is all about?”

It’s indicative that PDP had lost the election —Oshiomhole

Governor Oshiomhole in his response, yesterday said the attacks and the innuendo of a single term were indicative of the fact that the PDP had lost the election.

Noting Buhari’s focus on issues, he said: “When you are playing a match, and it is clear that you are winning and your opponent is going for your legs instead of the ball, while you hope and trust that the referee will enforce the rule, you must remain focused on the ball.

“The PDP governors said many other things that do not make sense. I read one of their statements that Buhari has signed an agreement that he is going to do only one term, and that the North would be short-changed. That is what they claim. That is fine.

“That means they accept that Buhari will win the election, but they are only worried about how long he will be there for, and if that should be the burden of the PDP, it tells you that they have exhausted everything.

“I don’t want to join those who want to move away from the issues focusing on personality and irrelevant issues. I think that the issue for me is about policy choices, it is about leadership, it is about security and well-being.

“That is how the real rural poor are being defrauded. Why should trillions of naira be spent on kerosene and yet poor people instead of paying N50, PDP made them to pay N150. So even the poor are being defrauded of N100.

“Those are the issues I expect PDP governors to address. I expect the PDP governors to address why they inherited a currency that was exchanging at N75 to a dollar in 1999 when PDP took over governance. As they were in Lagos talking about Buhari’s security of tenure, Naira is now N230 to one US dollar, and everything is going up.”

On card readers

Governor Okorocha, on his part lashed the PDP governors for their stance against the card readers, saying the PDP governors had shown their inclination towards a failed and crooked electoral system.

“There is nothing really wrong with trying to introduce something new in the nation’s electoral engineering. With the card readers, INEC can confidently say the number of people that cast their votes in any outing,” Okorocha, who spoke through his media aide, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, said.

Governor Rauf Aregbesola on his part said Nigerians “should not be surprised that diatribes against our presidential candidate, Buhari, were the major points at the meeting of the PDP Governors Forum in Lagos.

Aregbesola, who spoke through his Director, Bureau of Communication, Mr Semiu Okanlawon said: “That tells you pointedly that APC has given them what to battle with until they are all consumed by electoral defeat.”

Asserting that the PDP’s record of woeful performance translating to hardship for the people is enough unpaid advertisement for the APC, the governor said: “So it is no wonder that all they travelled to Lagos on Tuesday to do was to abuse Buhari, abuse APC leaders and move further to want to divide the people of Nigeria through their religious bigotry and primordial ethnic sentiments.

“But the mistake they make is that Nigerians have caught up and overtaken them in these useless factors.”

One-term plan

Governor Ajimobi of Oyo State, on his part, dismissed Governor Aliyu’s claim of a one part pact between Buhari and the APC.

“It is not in the character of the APC to determine the tenure of its candidates before they run. This must have been concocted for political reasons,” he said.

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State in a similar reaction said the argument of the PDP governors that the one term plan for Buhari would destroy the rotation between the north and the south only existed in the figment of the imagination of the PDP governors.

Ahmed spoke through his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Dr Muideen Akorede.

Similarly, the director of media of the APC in the South-West, Mr. Ayo Afolabi described the PDP as a drowning party grappling anything and saying anything to hang on to life.

 -Vanguard

(Trending News) Kwara State Commissioner Arrested for N371m Contract Scam

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According to Saharareporters, a former Senior Special Adviser on Millennium Development Goals to Bukola Saraki, ex-governor of Kwara State, and incumbent Commissioner for Information in the Abdulfathah Ahmed administration, Prince Olatunji Oyeyemi Moronfoye,  will on March 19, 2015 be arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC before a Federal High Court, Ilorin Kwara State, for offences bordering on abuse of office, awarding contracts to his cronies, embezzlement, diversion of public funds, and money laundering.

Also to be docked by the anti-graft agency is Ope Saraki, cousin and  Senior Special Adviser on Millennium Development Goals to Governor Ahmed.

Moronfoye is alleged to have used his position as the Senior Special Adviser to the former governor to enrich himself.

Specifically, he allegedly awarded contracts to the tune of over N200million for the renovation of Ijagbo Primary Health Centre and the supply of medical equipments to Health Centres and Specialist Hospitals within the state, to a company in which he has interest. and was sole signatory to the account.

Saraki is also alleged to have abused his office and laundered state funds for his personal benefit by awarding inflated contracts to companies owned by his cronies. In one of the transactions involving the purchase of Ambulance buses for hospitals in the state, Saraki duped the people of Kwara State by procuring thirteen Hiace buses from a local car dealer and converting them to ambulance in place of  factory built ambulance for which a contract of N171, 990,000.00 was awarded to Chemiroy Nigeria Limited.

Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media & Publicity
10th March, 2015

 

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