Archive for March 27th, 2015

(Polls) Old Bendel Elders Endorses Kalu @Richard

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The candidature of former governor of Abia State and Pro­gressive Peoples Al­liance (PPA) Senatorial can­didate for Abia North, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has received the blessing of community leaders in the district.

The decision of the stake­holders was made known yes­terday shortly after a meeting of community leaders, youths and professionals drawn from Arochukwu, Bende, Ohafia, Isiukwuato and Ummunoche local government areas of the state. The meeting which was held at Umuneochi on Tues­day, had in attendance, promi­nent sons and daughters from the region including Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (retd), Justice S.N. Imo, a (retired Chief Judge of Abia State), Rever­end Uma Ukpai, Chief Dan­iel Akwari (Osu Uzo), Jones Udeogu, Chief PaulUche, Chief Chukwudi Dinne, Amb. Austine Orji and Chief Kins Ekebuike.

Speaking to newsmen after hours of deliberations, Justice Imo from Bende local gov­ernment area explained that there was an urgent need for a prominent voice to represent the region at the National As­sembly. He noted that the an­tecedents of Dr. Orji Kalu is a major plus for him to give a robust representation to the region, after eight years of neglect. The eminent retired jurist advised other contenders for the senate seat to respect the will of the people by with­drawing from the race to sup­port the former governor.

Also speaking, Reverend Ukpai from Ohafia local gov­ernment area harped on the need for the people of the dis­trict to have one voice ahead of the forthcoming polls. He advised citizens and residents of Abia North to come out en masse to vote for the popular choice in the person of Dr. Orji Kalu, who he described as a bridge builder.

Corroborating the position of the earlier speakers, oth­ers who spoke at the meet­ing commended Kalu for his contributions to the region especially while he held sway as the state governor, adding that he remains a voice for the voiceless.

According to them, “we cannot afford to lose this gold­en opportunity to elect a cred­ible leader to represent us as legislative duties involve net­working and high- level lob­bying. We know Dr. Orji Kalu has a wide network of contacts that can be explored for the general interest of Abians.”

(Coruption) Sanusi Lamido And His Twisted ‘Missing $20 Billion’ Tale @Richard

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ADOLF HITLER’S propaganda minister in Nazi Germany, Paul Joseph Goebbels stated in one of his popular submissions: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

The foregoing is the situation Nigeria finds itself with the twisted, yet, celebrated tale of the “missing $20 billion” crude oil earnings.

When the royal court of Kano is in session, part of the Emir’s elaborate turban covers his mouth so that courtiers speak on his behalf. On the few occasions an Emir speaks, it is expected to be in measured tones and bereft of controversy – two qualities the former Central Bank Governor and Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido clearly lacks.

The role of the Emir is that of peacemaker. Politics and an apparent scripted smear campaign he is presently headlining against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) are things that he should traditionally stay clear of.

Speaking recently with Christiane Amanpour of the Cable News Network (CNN), Sanusi, against the findings of the Senate Committee on Finance and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), has continued his unabated false allegation of unremitted $20billion oil revenue against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Before his ignominious ouster, Sanusi, in his self-appointed role of whistle blower, alleged that the NNPC had not remitted $49.8 billion into the Federation Account. Shortly, he claimed that the unremitted funds, which had stood at $10.8 billion after reconciliation, are now $20 billion, a claim which the NNPC has since disputed with documentary evidence. Again, the allegation has also been proved to be false even by his (Sanusi) own account.

Indeed, part of the Nigerian tragedy is that someone like Sanusi, whose record of financial recklessness and other improprieties, became the helmsman in the CBN. It is a sad commentary that someone who couldn’t push a simple matter as a new denomination of the national currency by following simple statutory processes, became a pontiff for transparency and accountability.

Nigerians must ask Sanusi what he stands to gain in his spirited effort to hang a tag of corruption on the NNPC (by implication the country’s petroleum ministry).

Giving the NNPC a bad name for obvious political gains may seem an act of local misdemeanour on Sanusi’s part, but the ripple effects are not limited to the national stage. Indeed, Nigerians are the ones made to suffer in this discrediting plot.

The confidence of foreign investors is bound to be shaken, with the country’s position on the perception of corruption index unflattering.

Yet, for all the stridency with which these attacks on the leadership of the Nigerian oil authorities is conducted and the multiplicity of fronts from which the missiles are launched, none of the wicked – even if always salacious – allegations have been conclusively proven.

Even more tragically, the opposition has blindly taken side with the agents of malicious campaign against the country’s mainstay, crude oil.

While the sabotaging smear campaign against the Ministry for Petroleum Resources, NNPC and it’s subsidiaries persist, Nigeria’s petroleum minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke and her policies are being celebrated in the real world.

Alison-Madueke, a strong-willed woman who, with her hard-earned credentials, should be encouraged and celebrated; in other climes, as with the examples of the US and the Rices (Condoleezza and Susan) or Christine Lagarde (France), to give just two instances, Diezani would be a revered personage.

The woman has many firsts. Alison-Madueke is the first woman to hold the position of Minister of Petroleum Resources in Nigeria. In October 2010, she became the first woman to head a country delegation at the annual Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) conference. She was also the first female Minister of Transportation, and the first woman to be appointed to the board of Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria.

Last November, Alison-Madueke was elected as the first female President of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at the 166th meeting of the OPEC Conference in Vienna, Austria.

The House of Representatives is on the verge of passing the important Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), a revolutionary legislation championed by the country’s petroleum ministry.

Alison-Madueke has stated that Nigeria will end gas flaring by 2017.

These are the true situation of things. Sanusi must be called to order in Nigeria’s interest.

Dr.  Yahaya Bello, executive director of Transparency Network, is an Abuja-based anti-corruption advocacy group.

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British Man Boarded Doomed Flight In Desperate Bid To See His Family @Richard

A British victim of the Germanwings disaster only boarded the doomed flight in a desperate bid to get home to see his family.

Tragic Martyn Matthews was on Flight 4U 9525 after he failed to find a direct route to the Midlands and decided he would instead get the next quickest route.

Martyn, 50, had been in Barcelona for just 24 hours for a business meeting when his company booked him on the flight.

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The quality manager had been keen to get back home to his wife Sharon, 48, and their children Nathan, 23, and Jade, 20, in Wolverhampton, West Mids.

So rather than flying to another UK airport, his travel company booked him on the fateful flight to Dusseldorf to catch another plane to Birmingham.

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Police and recue teams gather near the site of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps

Colleagues at Tipton-based HUF UK, a subsidiary of German automotive firm HUF Group, were in tears following news of his death.

The firm makes top-of-the-range door handles, key fobs and mechanical systems for cars including Land Rover, Mercedes, BMW and Volvo.

HUF Group spokeswoman Ute Hoppe told the Mirror that Martyn was a “wonderful and much-loved” employee.

She said: “We all feel utterly devastated by what has happened. Everyone in the company is shocked and saddened.

“He was on a business trip and had only arrived in Barcelona on Monday. It was a quick meeting and then he was going home to the UK.

“He was keen to get back to his family, so it was not a long trip, just a standard business trip.

“There were no direct flights to Birmingham from Barcelona, so the company booked him on the Germanwings flight to Dusseldorf.

“From there he was going to fly to Birmingham. He should have been him with his family on Tuesday night.

“We had a phone call on Tuesday afternoon saying the plane had crashed and he was listed among the passengers.

“It is heartbreaking. I cannot imagine what his family must be going through. It’s so, so sad and our thoughts are with them.

“He was a wonderful and much-loved employee.”

Martyn’s devastated mother Iris, 82, paid tribute to her son, describing him as a “lovely family man”.

Speaking from her home in Wolverhampton, the distraught pensioner said: “This has been a terrible shock.

“I’m numb. Martyn was a lovely family man. He worked for Huf and loved his work and travelled extensively for them.

“I don’t want to say any more. It’s too hard.”

Neighbours of Martyn also expressed their sorrow at his death in the crash, whichclaimed the lives of 150 people .

One man, who did not want to be named, said: “I’ve heard Martyn was on board the aircraft that went down.

“He was a great bloke. His family must be absolutely distraught. It’s not what you ever to expect so close to home.”

A woman in tears answered the door of the family home, where friends and relatives were also gathered.

She said: “The Home Office have not even given us confirmation yet. We have been told not to speak to the media.”

Another relative, who did not give her name, said: “We’re too upset. We’re not saying anything until we get official confirmation.

Report Indicates ‘Germanwings Captain Tried To Smash Into Cockpit With Axe’ @Richard

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The captain locked out of the cockpit of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps used an axe to try and force his way back in, German daily Bild said Friday, citing security sources.

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared to have deliberately flown the plane into the side of a remote mountain after locking the captain out of the cockpit, French officials have said, killing himself and all 149 others aboard Tuesday.

The cockpit flight recorder showed that the captain repeatedly knocked and tried to get back in as the plane went into its fatal descent, French prosecutors said. However, Bild reported that the captain also tried using an axe to break down the cockpit’s armoured door.

This could not be immediately confirmed, but a spokesman for Germanwings confirmed to AFP that an axe was on board the aircraft.

Such a tool is “part of the safety equipment of an A320,” the spokesman told Bild.

(Insecurity) Buhari Is The Chief Promoter Of Boko Haram-Asari Dokubo @Richard

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Asari Dokubo has said that Gen Buhari ought to be in jail for what he termed the former military leaders high handedness when he ruled Nigeria. Asari stated this while conducting the Niger Delta People Salvation Front, NDPSF, volunteers march in support of President Jonathan in Warri.

“All persons who believe that never again should those who see us all as a conquered people; those who believe that we exist at their pleasure; those who believes our sovereignty must be continually confiscated; and that you and I are mere appendages in the Nigeria union; lead us again. We must kick out Buhari, who is a chief promoter of born to rule and Boko Haram terrorism. Buhari ought to be in jail and not allowed the luxury of contesting an election with sane people. He is the face of deceit,” he said

Asari at the rally also warned that it would be a gun for gun, bomb for bomb, bullet for bullet battle if the APC Presidential candidate and his team decides to foment trouble when he looses the elections coming up this Saturday March 28th.

President Jonathan Calls For Peaceful Polls In A National BroadCast @Richard

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President Jonathan addressed the nation this morning in a TV broadcast where he called on everyone to come out en-mass to vote for leaders of their choice.

Dear Compatriots,

  1. As we prepare to go to the polls tomorrow, I have come before you this morning to express my immense appreciation for the opportunity you gave me to lead this great nation of ours in the past four years.
  2. I also wish to place on record, once again, my sincere gratitude for the support you have given my administration without which the significant progress we have made in recent years would not have been possible.
  1. In spite of the many challenges we have had to contend with since 1999, our present democratic dispensation continues to endure and grow stronger in keeping with the yearnings and aspirations of our people.
  1. We have all worked very hard to nurture and strengthen our democratic institutions and promote the good governance practices which they were designed to deliver for the better well-being of  our people.
  1. I believe I can say without fear of contradiction that we all clearly cherish the democracy we now have and will never willingly give it up for any other form of governance.
  1. This much-cherished democracy of ours is about to be put to the test once again.
  1. I urge you all to troop out en-masse to peacefully perform your civic duty of voting for leaders of your choice tomorrow.
  1. As we do so, let us all – political party leaders, contestants, party members, party agents, supporters and ordinary voters alike, be very conscious of the fact that the eyes of the entire world are on us.
  1. We must therefore comport ourselves in a manner that will further strengthen our democracy and consolidate our place in the comity of truly democratic nations.
  1. I made a commitment on assumption of office to progressively deliver freer, fairer and more credible elections in our country. In keeping with that commitment, the Federal Government has given the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) all necessary support to ensure that it conducts very successful elections tomorrow and on April 11.
  1. We have all been assured that INEC is fully ready for the elections. I believe that we can all trust that they are certainly more ready now than they may have been before security issues and other concerns necessitated a re-scheduling of the dates for the 2015 general elections.
  1. As an administration, we welcome the fact that millions of Nigerians who were yet to receive their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) as at February 14, and would therefore have been unfairly disenfranchised if the polls had gone ahead  on that date, have seized the opportunity of the re-scheduling to collect their cards and can now exercise their right to votetomorrow.
  1. We are also glad that our gallant Armed Forces have successfully stemmed the seizure of Nigerian territories in the North-East by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
  1. They have recaptured most of the communities and territories formerly occupied by the insurgents, making it possible for thousands of internally-displaced Nigerians to begin returning to their homes and communities.
  1. I heartily commend the very courageous men and women of our Armed Forces for the immense sacrifices which they continue to make in defending the nation and protecting its citizens.
  1. I also thank all Nigerians for keeping faith with us over the past six weeks.
  1. I call on all political parties and politicians in the country to allow the free, unfettered will of our people to be expressed without any hindrance in the coming elections in keeping with the hallowed principles and tenets of democratic governance which we all profess.
  1. The will of the people freely expressed through the ballot is the bedrock of all democracies and ours cannot be an exception.
  1. Let us all therefore be prepared, as true democrats, to graciously accept the outcome of the elections as the rightful choice of our people from whom all political powers in our democracy must emanate.
  1. My administration has done its utmost best in the past four years to deliver on our promise to positively transform our country.
  1. Tomorrow’s election is another very important milestone as we continue our march towards the fulfillment of our God-given potential for greatness.
  1. The election offers us another opportunity to empower leaders of our choice once again, and to show the world that genuine democracy is alive and well in our beloved nation.
  1. I will like to restate my belief that no political ambition can justify violence or the shedding of the blood of our people.
  1. I reaffirm once again, my personal preparedness to ensure fair play during the elections and to deploy the resources and institutions of state only in the manner prescribed by our laws.
  1. Let me warn, however, that as President, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, I am under oath to protect the lives of all Nigerians and the security of our country at all times. I will never abdicate my responsibilities in that regard.
  1. Democracy allows dissent. It encourages differences and even fervent disagreements. But elections must never be mistaken for war or an opportunity to set fellow citizens against each other and tear our beloved nation apart.
  1. Those who may harbor any intentions of testing our will by unleashing violence during the elections in order to advance their political ambitions should think again as all necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that any persons who breach the peace or cause public disorder during or after the elections are speedily apprehended and summarily dealt with according to our laws.
  1. The nation’s security agencies are also fully prepared and ready to deal decisively with any group or persons who attempt to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the elections or cause any form of public disorder.
  1. Our dear country, Nigeria is the largest democracy amongst black nations of the world. We are a nation of great accomplishments, with a proud history of evolving affinities.
  1. Let us go out tomorrow to vote peacefully and set a fitting example of political maturity for other emerging democracies to follow.
  1. I wish you all and our dear nation, very peaceful and successful elections.
  1. May God Almighty continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  1. I thank you all.

(Photos News) INEC Begins Distribution Of Electoral materials @Richard

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