Archive for March 24th, 2015

(Social Media War) See What Ruggedman Posted On Twiter @Richard

Rugged-man-newOboy!!! What could have pushed Rugedee baba to post this? I know some fans can piss one off, but wait a minute, you are a public figure and lots of people look up to you. Bro, you got it very wrong here, if you are tired of criticism and can no longer meet up with the demand and speed of the time, please kindly quit the stage now. Abi na who you think sey send you message? Guy! Na only you waka come o.

RUGGEDMAN

(Polls) PDP Distributes Branded Bread In Lagos @Richard

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One Niaja singer, @YesMyro, sing sey mek we ‘Chop plantain, chop banana’, but for this election matter, PDP dey sey mek we chop branded bread and branded rice. Ok, Na campaign tin and na any style wey you sabi na ehn you go fit use. Abi? Wetin concern man wey dey hungry concern big big grammar? Bele first, oyibo go follow later.

(Polls) Jonathan Has Spends More Than N1trn On Election Campaigns-APC @Richard

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All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organization, APCPCO, Monday, accused President Goodluck Jonathan of shifting N1 trillion from the public coffers to fund his campaigns of buying over traditional rulers and some major interest groups.

The APCPCO also said part of the money was also being used in funding what it described as the hate campaign launched against the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, General Mohammadu Buhari.

The accusation was immediately rebuffed by the Jonathan campaign yesterday which accused the Buhari campaign of being gripped with fear of losing the election.

The APCPCO regretted that President Jonathan who should ensure accelerated development of the country with its resources had gone on a wild goose chase, disparaging Buhari and squandering the resources of the nation in a bid to win the election.

Director, Media and Publicity of the Buhari campaign, Mallam Garba Shehu while asking Nigerians to think twice before voting this Saturday, said that Jonathan should have resorted to showcasing his legacies in office instead of sharing money.

“We will like to bring to your attention and that of Nigerians how the President Goodluck Jonathan led Peoples Democratic Party government is wasting one trillion Naira that belong to Nigerian people in his self-serving and desperate bid for a re-election at all cost in the midst of grinding poverty his party and government has subjected Nigerians to in the last 16 years.

“It is unconscionable and height of betrayal of public trust that a government and a President who should preside over the husbandry and judicious use of our national patrimony is superintending over its massive squander in a futile attempt to stop the idea of change. Let us sound a note of warning at this point that no amount of sponsored negative media propaganda can stop this idea whose time has come.

“The APC Presidential Campaign and the acceptability of our candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice Presidential Candidate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has become a peoples’ movement and Nigerian masses who are the drivers of change are the major stakeholders.

“A panoramic view of how much Nigeria’s resources Jonathan and PDP have laboriously and wantonly spent on print, broadcast and social media campaigns just to damage the unassailable credential of Gen Buhari’s integrity will confound any casual observer of the polity in recent times.

“An average cost of a wrap around in Tier 1 and Tier 2 newspapers in Nigeria is between N15 million to N20 million and the Jonathan campaign buys average of 5 wrap around and front pages in a day in the last 3 months coupled with the hundreds of billions that have been spent on negative TV exposures on AIT, NTA and other television and radio stations across the country.

“We had expected that a President that has spent about 6 years in office with the revenues more than what all governments before him had received will run on a record of performance rather than peddling lies and hate media campaigns that are accentuating ethnic and religious tensions in the country.”

Shehu also stated that Jonathan had spent handsomely on traditional rulers in the south west, revealing that the presidential financial train had now moved to the north.

According to him, the monies expended on PDP campaigns could provide jobs for the teeming unemployed youths in the country.

“President Jonathan has been criss-crossing Nigeria giving an average of N50 million each to traditional rulers, most especially in the South West and the Northern parts of Nigeria. This week, the President’s campaign money is being shipped to the North.

“You  will recall that a Pastor recently confirmed that N7 billion was given to Pastors to spread unfounded allegations of Islamaphobia and scare mongering against Gen Buhari and other APC leaders.

“A fraction of the trillion naira hate campaign expenditure will fund the APC programme of feeding primary school pupils in Nigeria on one nutritional meal a day, comfortably pay N5000 monthly to 25 million very poor Nigerians for a year and pay unemployment benefit for one year for graduates who can’t find gainful employment one year after NYSC which are core to the social welfare programmes of the APC Federal government Gen Buhari will lead.

Reacting to the allegations last night the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO spent over one trillion naira of Nigeria’s tax payers’ money on media and  to bribe traditional rulers especially in the South West, Director, Media and Publicity, PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode described the APC of being gripped by the fear of losing Saturday’s general election.

Fani-Kayode who noted that  very little of what APC says worries the party, said that  the allegation was evident that the party has lost touch with reality.

He said, “They are afraid of losing. The president of this country does not give bribe; we do not believe that traditional rulers in this country, especially those in South West are bribe takers.

“They also said money was given to pastors. That is a lie. No pastor of the living God, no pastor worth his salt is a bribe taker.”

– Vanguard

(Slave Trade) Report Exposes How Nigerian Children Are Sold Through Slave Trade @Richard

children2The man on the phone was offering us young children with the casualness of a market trader. After a week of back and forth phone calls, his initial caginess had given way to greed. He’d heard my foreign accent and clearly decided I would pay more than the domestic rate.

“We can get,” he said.

We’d been put in touch with the man through a contact on the ground. We were told he was one of the men running this “unofficial” displaced camp — one of the many that has mushroomed in the town of Yola as the influx of people fleeing Boko Haram has grown beyond the capacity of the official camps.

It had all been heartbreakingly simple. We’d asked who had children available to “foster” — a catch-all code word designed to conceal the true intent of those offering up the orphaned children. The man on the phone was the end result of those inquiries.

When our colleague want to see them, he was shown a group of children and asked which one he wanted to take. One, two maybe? He escaped by saying he needed to check with his “madam” — me.

I called. The man picked up and began referring to me as “sister.” I told him we wanted to know what we’d need to do, if we decided we did want to “foster” the children.

He told me, “Sister, Jesus will reward me,” so the “fostering” was free, he said. No need for any pesky paperwork — just a reassurance from me that the children, if I chose to take them, would “live in my heart.” If I could also then find it “in my heart” to donate to those still in the camp, then that would be “God’s work.”

In spite of the harsh measures the Nigerian government has put in place to punish human traffickers, by the government’s own admission, 8 million children are currently engaged in forced labor.

The Global Slavery Index says Nigeria has the highest number of people in modern slavery of any sub-Saharan country. Paradoxically, the group also rates Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agency, Naptip, as one of the strongest government responses on the continent — but it’s clearly overwhelmed by the realities of working in what is now a zone of military operations, Nigeria’s north. As the insecurity in the region has spiraled, the worry is that more and more children are falling through the cracks. And as Boko Haram increases its reliance on child suicide bombers, concerns are growing that orphaned children could end up in the hands of the terror group.

At the camp where we finally met the man face to face, there was no attempt at subterfuge. We spoke in normal tones in full view of the children playing. I could have had one of them, I was told, but because I’d specified a younger child, they’d only identified one so far — a 3-year-old. Did I want to consider an older girl? A 12-year-old maybe? She could look after the 3-year-old, and cook and clean. Either way, two girls would be ready tomorrow, he said. I could see them then.

Our last phone conversation revolved around what an appropriate “donation” would be in exchange for the children. He couldn’t, he said, bargain for it. He then proceeded to do just that, laughing down the phone at my first tentative guess of $200. Laughing again at $300.

We finally found a figure he didn’t find funny — $500. I put the phone down and we traveled back to the capital that day to show Naptip what we’d found.

(Fraud) EFCC Clears Soludo Of Alleged Polymer Bribery Scandal @Richard

*Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, yesterday absolved the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Professor Charles Soludo of any wrong doing in the alleged Polymer bribery scandal.

According to Lamorde, after investigating Soludo, the commission did not find him incriminated in any way and had to clear him of any wrongdoing.

Lamorde said: “We invited Charles Soludo in respect of the printing of currency notes. From the investigation conducted, we did not find anything Soludo was involved in. Our partners from UK wanted certain information. So, Soludo has been exonerated.”

The open declaration was made at a press conference to formally launch a new handbook tagged “Alert on Scam” by the commission in Abuja.

On the alleged presidential directive to arrest APC leaders, Lamorde, warned politicians to desist from dragging the commission into politics, saying that it did not need any directive to investigate and punish corrupt persons in the country.

He told journalists that the commission had been neutral since the campaigns began, adding that the EFCC would not be dragged into politics barely few days to the polls.

He said, “They said there was an order to arrest the leadership of the party.

”We do not want to get involved in any political discussion. We have tried to remain neutral since the campaigns started. Let us do the last lap peacefully.”

“Corruption has become an issue in this political campaign. We cannot stop people from talking. The irony of it is that, some of them talking about corruption are standing trial. They are busy playing to the gallery. It is unfortunate. They do not see themselves first.

“Some of them have no business taking about corruption. They are corruption personified. We want to remind them that they still have their day in court.

“I like to sound a note of warning here that the Commission will no longer tolerate people dropping its name to further their political ends.

“The EFCC is not a political body and will not allow itself to be dragged into political fray by desperate politicians”, Lamorde warned.

(Face Off) Enugu Arch-Bishop Shuts Down Adoration Ground@Richard

Mbaka (1) Adoration Ministries, Enugu, has been shut down by the Arch-Bishop of Enugu Dioces until after the general elections due to alleged threat to life of Fr Ejike Mbaka.

This left no fewer than 100,000 worshippers stranded and disappointed last Friday.

The Adoration Ground in Emene, Enugu, is noted for attracting over 100,000 worshippers every Friday from the South-East zone and beyond for spiritual healing and deliverance from satanic attacks

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