Friday, 30 January 2015

Jonathan nominates Obanikoro, six others as ministers

President Goodluck Jonathan has forwarded the names of seven new ministers to the Senate for  confirmation, African Independent Television [AIT] is reporting.
Among the nominees are a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, Kenneth Kobani, a former National Treasurer of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria [ACN], who recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, and a former Senator, Patricia Akwashiki.

Allegation that I support Boko Haram is wicked fabrication- Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan, has described as wicked, the allegations that he was supporting the Boko Haram insurgency in the north eastern part of the country for political reasons. 
Jonathan, at the Ribadu Square in Adamawa state said no right thinking leader would support insurgency of any type in a country that he presides over.
 “Some people have insinuated that I am behind Boko Haram and I say, may Allah forgive them. There is no human being that will be the leader of his country and instigate crisis. Why should I bring Boko Haram to Adamawa State?
“In 2011, I got 65 per cent of the votes in Adamawa State. How can any mad person insinuate that I am in support of Boko Haram for political reasons? God willing, we will recover all the remaining local governments and join you in redeveloping Adamawa State again.”
 He said his administration is totally committed to reclaiming all the territories being occupied by Boko Haram terrorists in Adamawa State, noting that from the earlier five local governments being occupied by the terrorists, government forces have reclaimed some, including Michika which he said was reclaimed yesterday morning.

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90 Year old Zimbabwe President Mugabe is new African Union chairman

Ninety year old, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe s now the new Chairman of African Union, he takes over from Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

This is one of the outcomes of the AU summit in Adis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.

South Africa apartheid assassin de Kock gets parole

South African apartheid-era death squad commander Eugene de Kock has been granted parole after 20 years in jail.
He was nicknamed "Prime Evil" for his role in the killing and maiming of activists fighting white minority rule in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Justice Minister Michael Masutha said De Kock would be released "in the interests of nation-building".
De Kock, 66, was sentenced in 1996 to two life terms in prison and a further 212 years for the crimes he committed.
Mr Masutha said the time and place of De Kock's release would not be made public.
The justice minister stressed that his decision was guided by South Africa's constitution.


Photo of the Day

A typical Nigerian wedding...LOL

Former Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Agbonavbare Buried in Spain

The late Super Eagles goalkeeper, Wilfred Agbonavbare who passed away last Tuesday after a battle with cancer was laid to rest in Spain.

The Spanish club Rayo Vallecano which he last played for have immortalised the late Nigeria goalkeeper by naming a gate at their stadium after him. 

The goalkeeper who hit the limelight with the Flying Eagles on the road to Mexico ’83 Under 20 World Cup, played for Rayo Vallecano at the prime of his professional career. He was at the Spanish club from 1990 to 1996 and earned the club record as the goalkeeper to have made most Primera Division appearances for Rayo at 76 times.

May his soul rest in peace.

Angry Youths Attack Jonathan's Convoy in Taraba

The campaign convoy of President Goodluck Jonathan was once again stoned on Thursday by some angry youths in Jalingo, Taraba State.

The President was in the city in continuation of the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential rally.

His convoy had before Thursday been stoned in Katsina and Bauchi states when he went to seek the votes for his re-election bid.

It was gathered that the windscreens and windows of some of the vehicles on the convoy were destroyed before security operatives   used tear gas and   horsewhips to disperse the youths.

Those who witnessed the Thursday incident said the incident occurred when the President’s convoy was going to the palace of the Emir of Muri,   Abass Tafida, from the airport.

Source: Punch

Thursday, 29 January 2015

PDP Lifts Suspension on Former Chairman, Bamanga Tukur

Report just coming in say the Peoples Democratic Party has announced the lifting of the suspension of its former Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.

Current National Chairman of the Party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, announced the lifting of the suspension at the presidential rally of the party in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

It would be recalled that Tukur was suspended in December 2014 for taking the party to court in his attempt to reclaim the chairmanship of the party, where he was forced to resign in January last year.

APC Pulls out of BON-organised TV debates

The All Progressive Congress says it is pulling out of ongoing electioneering public debates on national TV, citing bias on the part of the organisers.

Take a look at the full statement below:

Fashola's Gaffe as PDP's Gains

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola

The piece you are about to read is written by one, Kayode Ojo and published in This day Newspaper of 29th January, it is a write up in which the beginning, encapsulates my thoughts on the pattern and manner of political campaigns in Nigeria which to a large extent lack substance and totally bereft of ideas and issues, resulting in personal attacks on opposing candidates.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Nigerian Government Drops Price of Petrol

Nigeria's Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, on Sunday announced a reduction in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirits better known as petrol from N97 per litre to N87 per Litre, effective midnight of Sunday 18th January, 2015.

A statement signed by Group General Manager Group Public Affairs Division NNPC, Ohi Alegbe said the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR and the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA have been mandated to ensure compliance.

The development follows recent drop in oil price which has been hovering below 50 dollars per barrel.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

NNPC Decries Politicization of Its Operations

The Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has raised alarm over what it termed deliberate distortion of facts and figures about its operations by desperate vote-seeking politicians’ intent on gaining partisan advantage by hook or by crook.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Boko Haram Threatens to Attack Cameroon

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has threatened Cameroon in a video message on YouTube, warning that the same fate would befall the country as neighbouring Nigeria.

The video, which was posted on January 5, is directly addressed to Cameroon’s President Paul Biya after repeated fighting between militants and troops in the country’s far north.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

10 Safest Airlines in the World

Aviation website has just released its annual list of the world's 10 safest airlines.
Once again, Australian airline Qantas grabs the top spot.

VIDEO: Gen. Muhammadu Buhari Talks to Nigerians

As he kicked off his Presidential campaign in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari Rtd. took time out to speak to Nigerians in a 1:44 minutes video.