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Friday 31 January 2014

Graphic video: Doctors remove live maggots from girl with new STD

For those of you who have unprotected sex, this a video you need to watch. Hopefully it will help you wear a condom/insist on condoms before sex. A girl who reportedly caught the new STD Superbug has live maggots removed from her diseased vagina. You'll be shocked by what you are about to see
It's very graphic and you must be 18+ to view it. Find it HERE

Meet actress Shan George's grown up sons: Photos

Nollywood actress Shan George has two sons but who knew they were this grown up? The twice married 45 year old actress pictured above with her sons, 27 year old Delnoi Nwosisi (pictured left) and 25 year old Jaga Nwosisi pictured right. The young men are both graduates of University of East London. Jaga is a Hip Hop musician. See more photos below..


Steamy new music video, out! Shakira and Rihanna's (Watch)

Shakira and Rihanna have unveiled the video for their single 'Can’t Remember to Forget You,' and when two of the world's sexiest women collaborate, what do you expect? Skimpy outfits, naked embrace, dramatic hair flips and a near-kiss.

The songbirds really showed themselves in the saucy video and tried to outdo each other. Watch it after the cut and tell us who you think really rocked the video. We choose Shakira, nobody does the hip movement like her. Enjoy...

Operators of baby factory nab by Ondo state Immigration Service: Photos

An alleged baby factor syndicate operated by a couple, Mr and Mrs Abiodun Ogundeji operating in Ilutuntun, Okitipupa Local Government area of Ondo State was on Wednesday Jan 29th busted by the men of the Ondo state Command of the Nigerian Immigration Service.

Acting on a tip from the Force headquarters Abuja as well as the Imo state command, the Controller General of the state command, Musa Hassan, said the baby factory had been running for 5years. 21 people including the couple running the factory, pregnant women as well as some nursing mothers were arrested in the building. Continue...

Reacting to her arrest, Mrs Happiness Ogundeji denied all allegations levelled against her stating that she was only running a herbal hospital and the women who were arrested were her patients. She said she runs a dredging and construction business, De- Choice Construction Comapany in Ore and has 3 filling stations in Port Harcourt Rivers State. Her husband Abiodun Ogundeji feigned not knowing of his wife's business saying that he only knew her to be into Construction as well as oil and gas. He said he was a Civil Engineer with Chevron, Rivers State.

Most of those arrested refused to speak to reporters but however said anonymously that they were all impregnated in Imo state and then transferred to Ondo state. Upon delivery, their babies would be taken away from them to an unknown place by Mrs Ogundeji .
They are all currently at the Lagos office of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP)

Monday 27 January 2014

How Obi became national leader of APGA; Chukwujekwu Ilozue

Some political commentators have claimed that without Governor Peter Obi, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), would by now have gone into oblivion. In fact, they argue that it would have died naturally without even being given a chance to succeed.
And this would probably have happened in 2003 after the governorship election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). It would be recalled that INEC declared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Dr. Chris Ngige, winner of that highly rigged election. Obi, just fresh from the world of business into politics, filed a petition at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Awka, presided by Hon. Justice Garba Nabaruma. To many people it was a na├»ve decision for Obi to go to the tribunal and to reject all offers of money and position to cushion his election expenses.  Before then, there was no precedent of an outsider who contested election  unseating a sitting governor. On account of that, APGA lost majority of its followership who joined the ruling party to survive. It was even alleged that the leadership of the party then did not see sense in Obi fighting for his election as the petition dragged on for three and a half years.
But characteristic of Obi, he continued his fight. With his chaplet in his hand, Obi continuously recited his Rosary even in public. Then the unexpected happened. The election petition tribunal in Awka delivered it judgment upholding that Mr. Peter Obi won majority of the lawful votes cast in that election and ordered that he be sworn in as governor. Ngige immediately went on appeal. Then on March 15, 2006, the appeal tribunal upheld Justice Nabaruma’s judgment and ordered that Obi be sworn in immediately. It sounded unbelievable but the next day, Obi was sworn in as Governor of Anambra state in Awka, while Ngige hastily left Government House.
Even when Obi assumed office, PDP members of the State House of Assembly who were clearly in the majority made sure that he did not find his work easy. Once he was impeached but he swam through the murky waters and regained his seat. On many occasions the House made the state ungovernable by not passing the annual budget or, when they did, made sure that much was not approved for him to work with. Despite all that Obi survived. Initially, he faced his administrative duties as governor and was criticized for abandoning the party.
But at the appropriate time, Obi not only rebuilt the party but also rebuilt some people that were thought to have been left behind. Now, all the communities in the state boast of several projects which the state government built in their communities. Virtually all communities in the state are now linked by tarred roads, and more and the people, including the clergy, believe that no other political party has served their interest more than APGA and this accounts for why the party has become a people’s identity. Obi adopted a unique development strategy known as Anambra Integrated Development Strategy (ANIDS) which ensured that all aspects of the economy were developed simultaneously.  Also, although there was a misunderstanding among party big wigs after the demise of the former leader of the party and Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, that dispute was resolved without the players allowing it to destroy the party. When Ojukwu was alive, he served as the General of the party, making sure that it was not dragged into disrepute. Then Obi served as the General Officer Commanding while Chief Umeh was the field Commander, ably tackling any kind of assault from outsiders. In that light APGA became a beacon of hope to Anambra people to the extent that recently, the Catholic Bishop of Nnewi, Most Rev. Dr. Hillary Odili Okeke, begged Obi not to leave politics as he felt  that Obi’s legacy was worthy of emulation. It was not surprising, therefore, that the National Executive Council of APGA in its meeting in Awka on Saturday, January 18, unanimously appointed Obi  National Leader and Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT). Before then the National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, had hinted that Governor Obi would be duly recognised for his hard work and all the efforts he made to get the party where it is today. Then last month, the National Working Committee in its meeting in Abuja recommended Obi for the post of leader of the party. So, the NEC just confirmed that recommendation.
The Council members had unanimously approved the appointment of Governor Obi as the National Leader of the Party and Chairman of its Board of Trustees following a motion moved by the Oyo State Chairman of the Party, Mr. Samson Olaniyi, and seconded by the Bayelsa State Chairman, Mr. John Sokari. The Council equally approved the appointment of a 30-member BoT, selected from the six geo-political zones including: a former Commissioner for Women Affairs in Imo State, Mrs. Ann Dozie, while the appointment of Dr. Tim Menakaya was stood down following overwhelming objections from members of the Council. 
The NEC members as well passed a vote of confidence in the Leadership of the APGA and rejected the recent judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja, as well as set up a committee to review the constitution of the party while the NWC was mandated to fill existing vacancies. 
The National Chairman of the Party, Chief Victor Umeh used the opportunity to present the State Governor-elect, Chief Willie Obiano and his Deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke to the Council, while Governor Obi and some leaders of the party were presented with Awards. In his speech, Governor Obi said the struggle to reposition the party over the years was challenging but through sacrifice, doggedness and commitment the party has continued to excel. He commended those who stood firm and saw it through. He noted that his appointment was a call to duty and time to work to further uplift the party, stressing the need for unity of purpose and putting the party interest above every other consideration. He assured that he would continue to work to reconcile differences and bring every member into the fold to achieve more results. The Governor Elect, Chief Willie Obiano, in his goodwill message thanked the council for their support during the Governorship election and described the outcome of the election as victory APGA would replicate in other States by working as a family to tackle future challenges. He called on others to join the APGA, to be part of the giant strides to elevate the State to a higher level.The National Chairman of the Party, Chief Victor Umeh attributed the political success of the APGA to Governor Peter Obi’s consistency, hardwork and landmark achievements, which he noted has made the State a reference point in the country and explained that his appointment as the National Leader was necessary to give him more responsibilities in the party.
Chief Umeh said APGA had become a force to reckon with in the country and would not be disturbed by antics of any form, urging the judiciary not to allow itself to be used to destabilize democracy. 
He assured that the party was on strong footing to win more elections and would continue to work relentlessly to penetrate fresh frontiers and reinstated total support of APGA to the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. Presenting an Award of Excellence to Governor Peter Obi on behalf of the Party, the Vice National Chairman of the Party, South West Alhaji Tai Sowumi described the Governor as the most performing Governor in the country whom he noted has raised the bar of leadership and redefined good governance in all facets. He said the Award was in recognition of his outstanding performance in governance and contributions to the growth and success of APGA. The son of the late National Leader of APGA, Dim Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Mr. Emeka Ojukwu, said Governor Obi was a worthy successor to his father. Also speaking a member of the Board of Trustees, Chief Martin Agbaso, said the Party was building a formidable structure to reclaim Imo State in the next Governorship election.The meeting was attended by APGA State Chairman of the Thirty six states and Abuja, more than seventy members of the Executive Committee members of the National Assembly, State Assemblies and Local Government Chairmen among others
By Chukwujekwu Ilozue/Onitsha

Saturday 25 January 2014

Another clasic song from JKL ' 4real Records

JKL, singer of 4real Records, once with Fourth Quater Orlando Florida USA, One on One Listening session with Shalik of Deff Jam Records USA, now doing his  thing, to a world of music with a high atmospheric density that oscillates between uplifting elements from reggae, World, Afro/Asia, Dancehall, Hip/Highlife, Dancehall Gospel and profound melancholy. 

This is another classic song which he deliver under the name (wah ever u do) . Rhythms and melodies
crystallize around the brilliant texture of his expressive voice. The dynamic of his music is sometimes danceable, sometimes laid-back, sometimes supported by natural motives, sometimes by reggae/dancehall beats and samples, but always, there is an incredible emotional intensity. 

The Google me crooner presents a  raw vocal, non-mix, DEMO of  ''WAH EVER U DO'' that comes with his signature reggae style, its beats rumbling and shuffling before hitting the sweet spot just in time. With straight beats and boosts the symphonic atmosphere of the original straight onto the dancefloor by doing so. Finally, the song was written by MistaSpy, arranged by JKL, recorded @40/40 music studio, produced by Nkwa Smith..

Download and Stream HERE

US-Based Nigerian Model Tracy Obonna Stuns in new Bikini Photos

Friday 24 January 2014

Hong Kong billionaire doubles reward for any man who can make lesbian daughter straight

Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao, has offered a whooping $130million to any man who can sweep his lesbian daughter, Gigi Chao (right) off her feet, marry her and give him grandchildren. Gigi ran away with her female lover sometime last year in France.
The billionaire businessman who made headline in Sept 2012 when he offered a reward of $65million to any man who can take his daughter off her female lover, has reportedly upped the money to $130million after all prospective suitors failed to win his daughter's heart. And according to reports, many men tried. His first offer reportedly attracted more more 20,000 unsuccessful suitors. I'm sure some of them were Nigerians...lol.
In a recent interview with Financial Times, Mr Chao said:
"I will give them a moderately deluxe life. I would not force her to marry a man, but obviously I would prefer her to be married and give me grand children"
Gigi Chao in an interview with Malaysian newspaper, Nanyang Siang Pau, said;
“I don’t think my dad’s offering of any amount of money would be able to attract a man I would find attractive. I would be happy to befriend any man willing to donate huge amounts of money to my charity, Faith in Love, provided they don't mind that I already have a wife. Third and lastly, thank you daddy, I love you too.”

SABMiller Invests more N20Billion in Anambra State: Obienyem

Intafact beverages Ltd., a subsidiary of SABmiller Brewery, the brewers of Hero Beer and other brands is investing another $110m in Anambra State two years after they invested $100m dollars. 

Speaking yesterday during the breaking of the ground for the expansion of their facilities in Onitsha by Gov. Peter Obi, SABmiller, Nigeria Managing Director, Simon Harvey, said that the expansion became necessary because of their success in Onitsha which was facilitated by Gov. Peter Obi, who he said had shown exceptional interest in the promotion of local industries in Anambra State. "We have significantly invested in Nigeria during the past 5 years and this announcement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to Nigeria. We wish to thank his Excellency and the Anambra State Government for providing us with a great working relationship. We would also like to thank the Nigerian consumers who have accepted and made Hero an astounding success, " the MD said.
The MD revealed that the expansion, due for completion in the first quarter of 2015, would triple the current annual capacity from 700,000HL to 2.2 m HL. He said it would also lead to the employment of more 400 local people directly and thousands indirectly.
In his speech, Gov. Peter Obi said that he was delighted at the development and called on other companies to key into the success of SABmiller in Anambra State by setting up their facilities in the State. He assured them of State Government support and encouragement. "Part of my joy is the number of Anambra people employed in SABMiller and other companies we attracted to Anambra State. Tuesday will be another joyful day in Anambra as I will perform the ground breaking ceremony for the commencement, by one of the biggest companies in South Africa, of the building of their facility in Anambra State," the Governor said.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Mrs. Oby Nwankwo said that the successes Anambra State recorded in SABmiller as well as other companies where she invested through the financial wizardry of Gov. Peter Obi, was encouraging as it were gratifying.

Intafact Beverages Ltd was officially opened by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan on the 30th of August, 2012. It produces such brands in Nigeria as Hero lager, Eagle, Castle Milk Stout, Grand Malt, Beta Malt, Super Shake yogurt, Voltic water, among others.
In his vote of thanks, the traditional ruler of Ochuche, Igwe Paul Agaba said that only a sadist will entertain doubts about the phenomenal transformation Anambra has witnessed under Gov. Obi. He said that if not for constitutional provisions that the people of Anambra would vote for his continuation as the Governor. He appealed not just to the incoming Governor of Anambra State, but to all those that govern States to emulate the Governor in good deeds and exemplification of what government ought to be.

Wednesday 15 January 2014

Femi Fani Kayode also speaks about Anti-gay law:

I'm sure y'all are tired of all these gay and anti-gay llaw,, you do have your reaction thou; .lol. 

Tuesday 14 January 2014

Pics show Rabboni church members throwing up after eating grass

Members of the Rabboni Centre Ministries in Pretoria, South Africa, under instruction from their pastor, Lesego Daniel, dropped to the floor to eat grass after the 'man of God' told them it will 'bring them closer to God.' (If you missed the first post, see it at Lindaikeji)

The church members defended their pastor who has been widely criticized for this practice and said eating grass has not only brought them closer to God but also heals them of illnesses.
'Yes, we eat grass and we're proud of it because it demonstrates that, with God's power, we can do anything,' Rosemary Phetha told South Africa's Times Live.
The 21-year-old law student says she had been battling a sore throat for more than a year, but it was healed after she ate the grass. Doreen Kgatle, 27, of Ga-rankuwa, suffered a stroke two years ago.
'I could not walk but soon after eating the grass, as the pastor had ordered, I started gaining strength and an hour later I could walk again,' said Kgatle.
Oh yeah? These brain washed individuals. Lol. Photos posted on the church's Facebook page shows dozens of the members throwing up after indulging in the activity mostly reserved for goats. Lol. Too funny! See more photos after the cut...

Men and women throwing up after eating grass. Dear members of Rabboni Centre Ministries, your pastor is just a man and he doesn't know it all.

Lady Victoria Hervey's sheer dress to Golden Globes afterparty

37 year old British socialite Lady Victoria Hervey wore this Gaurav Gupta gown to the Weinstein Company and Netflix after party following the Golden Globe awards on Sunday night. Na wa o!

1.8billion sexual activities occur in Nigeria yearly, and 80% of them are unprotected.


According to statistics, 8 out of 10 Nigerian men do not use condoms. This was revealed by Bright Ekweremadu, the Managing Director of Society for Family Health, SFH. He said over 1.8billion sexual activities occur in Nigeria yearly, and 80% of them are unprotected.

Mr Ekweremadu said if Nigerian men were to use condoms, no supplier in the world would be able to afford the quantity of condoms Nigerian men would need. He said their research showed that young Nigerians between 18 and 34 years in the cities of Lagos & Abuja make the highest use of condoms.

He said many sexually active Nigerian men have several excuses for not wanting to use condoms. Excuses like "I am healthy, I dont have infections, flesh to flesh is sweeter" etc...

He said there are so many cases of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies reported yearly because of people's refusal to use condoms. He also said their research shows that the women don't insist on condoms.

Uganda may be a homohobic country, but their men rank high in Googling gay porn

Uganda is 3rd on the list of countries where "man f**king man" is most searched for, behind Kenya and Pakistan according to a new article by the UK Guardian. Check on it below...
The anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda is more than simply a bill about homosexuality, and it is more than a pernicious piece of local legislation that affects Uganda alone. Of course, the bill itself is bad enough. Originally conceived back in 2009, it was introduced with the aim of ridding Uganda of homosexuality and, to begin with, contained the death penalty. An international outcry forced the Ugandans to drop that section of the bill, but the form in which it passed through the legislature just before Christmas is dreadful enough, with homosexuality now leading to life imprisonment and a prison sentence for those who do not report gay people to the authorities within 24 hours.
Homosexuality is here understood as not just anal sex between men (yes, it's worth pointing out to some people that straight couples can just as easily do that sort of thing too), but also as same-sex snogging and heavy petting. On Wednesday, a gathering of 50 or so people outside the Ugandan embassy in London called on the president not to sign the bill, but there is little sign that he will listen. Described by its supporters as a "Christmas present", Peter Tatchell has it rather differently: "The bill is in some respects even more draconian than the extreme homophobic laws of countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran." Uganda is set to become the anti-gay capital of the world.

Last year, Google published statistics about the places in the world where their search engine was most used to find gay porn sites. The results were extraordinary. According to its figures, Uganda is third on the list of counties where "man fucking man" is most searched for, behind Kenya and Pakistan, both of which are countries where homosexuality is illegal. These figures also demonstrate a high degree of correlation between places of conservative religious practice and internet searches for gay porn.

Is there a connection, then, between homophobia and suppressed homosexuality, along the lines of "me thinks he protesteth too much"? Is it that homosexual desires, when shut out because of some sense of shame, can easily express themselves as a form of homophobia? When the US conservative evangelical pastor Ted Haggard, well known for his anti-gay preaching, was discovered to have been paying a masseuse for gay sex, he explained that "I think I was partially so vehement because of my own war". Freud coined the description "reaction-formation", in which anxiety-generating feelings are masked by an exaggerated reaction in the opposite direction. There is some experimental evidence to back this up, with one study showing that 20% of those who self-described as "highly straight" indicated some level of same-sex attraction. This discrepancy is often put down to highly controlling parents who do not allow their children room to explore their sexual identity.
Yes, of course, there are many people who do not experience same-sex attraction who are anti-gay. But one of the features of reaction-formation is its paranoia and lack of proportion. And this is precisely what the scaremongering nonsense about gay people being out to get our children – a common line in the Ugandan debate – clearly demonstrates. In conservative religious environments where God is depicted as a powerful all-controlling parent, it makes sense to me that this reaction-formation will be particularly strong.
Which is why so much homophobia is rooted in religion or, as I would argue, in a form of bad religion that has a misplaced understanding of the divine. And I suspect also that this "bad God" is not unconnected with having been introduced as part of western colonialism with all the control and domination that this involved. For my part, if God is love, then the so-called "kill the gays" bill is not of his doing. And so the battle to overcome the instinct behind this cruel legislation has to include some element of theological deprogramming.

New Video: Flavour - Ikwokrikwo

Flavour's highly anticipated video for 'Ikworikwo' is finally here. Starring 2013 BBA winner, Dillish Matthews, this video is a must-watch. Enjoy...

Kanye West allegedly assaults man who called Kim K a 'N***r Lover'

An 18 year old (pictured above covering his face) is reportedly pressing charges against Kanye West after the rapper allegedly punched him for calling his fiancee Kim Kardashian a N***r lover.

TMZ reports
Kanye West just attacked an 18-year-old guy inside the waiting room of a chiropractor's office ... after the guy allegedly called Kanye the N-word ... TMZ has learned.Kim was at a Beverly Hills medical building when she was swarmed by photogs.  We're told the guy allegedly tried to help Kim get in the building, as he started screaming,  "F**k these fa**ot-ass n****rs"" -- referring to the paparazzi.  Kim then told him it was not appropriate to use the N-word.  We're told he then screamed at her, "F**k you bitch.  Just trying to help you.  Shut up n****r lover, stupid slut."Apparently that got Kim hot as fish grease ... she watched the guy walk into an office.  As they were walking we're told the guy continued berating Kim. She dialed Kanye on his cell, and when the guy realized Kanye was on the phone he allegedly said, "F**k you N****r."   Kanye -- who had just arrived at the building -- then met up with Kim.Sources say Kanye and Kim rushed into the waiting room of chiropractor Richard Hill and found the 18-year-old sitting there.

 Witnesses say Kanye punched the guy and Kim screamed, "We have it all on tape." Sources say the massage therapist in the office separated the 2 men.  Beverly Hills cops were called and the 18-year-old said he wanted to press charges. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Kanye is now officially a suspect in a battery investigation and they want to interview him. We're also told the matter will be referred to the L.A. County D.A. for possible prosecution.

Remember -- Kanye is currently facing assault charges involving a photog attack at LAX.

Tosin Bucknor's anger over Nigerian government gay bill ascent

The TV/Radio personality took to Facebook today to register her displeasure on the purported signing into law of the Gay Bill that seeks to sentence any gay person to 14years in prison by the president.

Check out actress Gabourey Sidibe's classic reply to weight critics

The Oscar nominated plus size actress stood up to weight critics in the best possible way. She took to twitter to write what you see above after people slammed her red carpet look at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. Instead of feeling bad, the Precious star had the perfect answer for the mean-spirited tweets directed her way after the awards. Way to go Gabby! See some of the tweets after the cut...

US Declares 16 States In Nigeria Unsafe

The United States government has warned its citizens against travelling to 16 states in Nigeria.
In a revised travel alert issued by the US State Department and dated January 8, 2014, the United States government advised its citizens to avoid all but essential travels to Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Gombe and Jigawa States.
The other states on the list, which the US said are prone to kidnappings, robberies and other armed attacks are Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara.
Abia, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Imo and Rivers States, which were in an earlier list issued in June 2013, are not on the latest travel alert list.
The US described the security situation in Nigeria as “fluid and unpredictable” while warning against travel to the Gulf of Guinea because of the threat of piracy.
It also advised all US citizens to be particularly vigilant around government security facilities, “places of worship and locations where large crowds may gather”.
The statement added that “Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups."
It further stated that, “Boko Haram, an extremist group based in northeast Nigeria designated as a Foreign Terrorist organisation by the Department of State, has claimed responsibility for many attacks, mainly in northern Nigeria.”
According to the State Department, the Ansaru group, an offshoot of Boko Haram, has carried out several kidnappings targeting foreigners in Nigeria. It noted that the group also claimed responsibility for other violent acts in the past year.
The three North Eastern states of  Adamawa, Borno and Yobe have been under emergency rule after a presidential declaration on May 14, 2013, aimed at restoring safety and security due to insurgent activities in the area.;  Source: TELL

Friday 10 January 2014

Division of families over Jonathan: 2015 deh burst some brain!

DIVIDEDLike the sword of Damocles, perception about President Goodluck Jonathan is pushing some of the country’s major political families towards different political poles
By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo apparently does not care a hoot about what many Nigerians think of President Goodluck Jonathan; whether good or bad.
She was clear on that when she wrote a blistering severance letter to her father last December.
“This letter is not in support of President Jonathan or APC or any other group or person, but an outpouring from my soul to God,” the former senator wrote in a letter that was partly triggered by her father’s own open letter to Dr. Jonathan.
But how President Jonathan stirred the famous break up between father and daughter was given fillip with the denunciation by Iyabo of her father as a hypocrite who would not allow on himself what he was supposedly doing to President Jonathan.
“For you to accuse someone else of what you so obviously practiced yourself tells of your narcissistic megalomaniac personality,” Senator Obasanjo wrote in a letter that stirred wild celebration among several political associates of President Jonathan.
Given the acidic content of the letter earlier written by President Obasanjo to President Jonathan, many independent stakeholders were tempted to believe that Senator Obasanjo had become a pawn in the fight between the two presidents.
But Senator Iyabo Obasanjo whose difficult experience as a senator, especially when she was unduly tried for an offence that was later proved not to be a misdemanour, was quick to disavow political undertones to the issues between her and her father.
Iyabo and her father are not the only family members to be separated on the issue of Jonathan. Across the country Dr. Jonathan has also been the cause of rift among some other families in the public eye.
The Adamawa State Commissioner for Environment, Mrs. Arziki Sawa and her husband Senator Andrawus Sawa are no less equally divided by the Jonathan phenomenon.
Senator Sawa, a former military officer reputed to be at one time a very close friend of Governor Murtala Nyako was allegedly instrumental to the nomination of his wife as commissioner in the cabinet of Nyako.
The governor and Senator Sawa served in the military at about the same time. Some claim that the appointment of his wife into the Adamawa cabinet followed the failure of the governor to give his one time friend a federal appointment.
But the truth of how the two fell out remains a secret that only the two men will tell one day.
Even though Senator Sawa has firmly turned his back on Nyako and become a strong backer of Jonathan, his wife has continued to sojourn in the cabinet.
When on Monday, December 16, 2013 the Adamawa State chapter of the PDP held a massive rally to endorse President Jonathan’s leadership of the country, Senator Sawa was very visible.
However, two days after that rally when the Adamawa State Executive Council met and unanimously resolved to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC, the absence of Mrs. Arziki Sawa was as conspicuous as the presence of her husband was noticed in the PDP rally supportive of Dr. Jonathan.
g5It was as such not difficult for some to speculate that Mrs. Sawa had joined her husband to support Jonathan against the declaration by her colleagues in the State Executive Council to join the APC.
A troubled Mrs. Sawa was quick to dissociate herself from the rally and to pledge support for Governor Nyako as she gave reasons for her absence.
“I am 100 per cent behind Baba Maimangoro (Governor Nyako) and there is no way that I can abandon him, so I am 100 per cent behind him in APC and wherever he is going, I will go with him,” Mrs. Sawa told Vanguard in a telephone interview. “I don’t know who is behind the reports.”
Clarifying her absence at the eventful State Executive Council meeting where the resolution to defect to APC in solidarity with Nyako was taken, she said:
“The truth is that I went for an official engagement in Abuja and so maybe because they didn’t see me at the declaration but I cannot point at any person as being behind the reports. If there is anybody spreading the report, that person is telling a lie and he will never see me going the other way and just wants to bring chaos.”
Mrs. Sawa was away at a meeting of the National Council on Environment in Abuja when the decision by the cabinet to defect to the APC was taken.
The Minister of State, for Federal Capital Territory, Ms Jumoke Akinjide on her part has united with her father, Chief Richard Akinjide in following the PDP mainstream supportive of Dr. Jonathan against the position taken by her husband, Rep. Ahman Pategi, a member of the House of Representatives.
Pategi from Kwara State, was among the 37 members of the House of Representatives who defected from the PDP to join the APC last month.
The minister who lives with her husband and is reported to have a very solid relationship with him in their Abuja home was quoted to have told the online medium, Premium Times, that she would never leave the PDP for the APC. Apparently, the minister’s affection for the PDP will not disrupt the well known affection she is believed to have towards her husband.
“I’ll never ever leave the PDP. The Akinjide family is loyal to the PDP and loyal to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. My father, Richard Akinjide is a founding member of the PDP and a member of the PDP Board of Trustees.”
“I am the arrowhead of the PDP in Oyo State as the minister in an opposition state. I will continue to work hard to ensure the success of Mr. President, the Transformation Agenda, and the success of the PDP at the polls in the 2015 elections.”
Arguably one of the most intriguing divisions wrought by the Jonathan phenomenon is the acrimony or lack of it within the Bamanga Tukur and Murtala Nyako families in Adamawa State. Tukur, the national chairman of the PDP is in the frontline in the campaign to get the president a second term in office.
Though the preponderance of opinion of stakeholders is that Tukur is the problem with the party, the president it appears is unwilling to let him go upon the fact that the president is unavailable to find someone more loyal to his cause than Tukur in the north.
Nyako on the other hand was one of the governors that split from the PDP and subsequently defected to the APC with their principal focus being to frustrate a second term for the president.
The split on Jonathan between Chairman Tukur and Governor Nyako along the way also led to their sharp differences on the structure of the PDP in Adamawa State. Tukur eventually prevailed in the split despite the near unanimous revolt the National Working Committee, NWC gave to Nyako a year ago on the issue.
Tukur prevailed simply because of the backing he got from the president.
Despite the sharp acrimony between the national chairman and his governor, it is surprising that Tukur’s son, Abati Mahmud Bamanga Tukur remains happily married to Nyako’s daughter, Hadiza Murtala Nyako.
Even more, is the fact that both Tukur and Nyako have a history of intermarriage between them that was crowned with the marriage of Tukur’s son to Nyako’s daughter.
The couple according to familiar sources is said to be living in peace impervious to the cat and dog battle between their fathers.
“When the daughter wants to visit her father, she goes along with her husband and when the son wants to visit his father, he goes along with his wife and they are both living happily in Lagos,” a source familiar with the family said.
For another female minister in the Jonathan cabinet, her appointment into the Jonathan cabinet became a reality after the exit of her husband from a high flying position in the Jonathan cabinet.
Today, husband and wife are said not to be on talking terms following the female minister’s full devotion to Jonathan and his administration, a development that is said to have made the husband to be sulking for the last few years he has been out of his position.
For yet another female minister in the Jonathan cabinet, Hajia Zainab Mana President Jonathan would not be faulted for the division that once characterized the family.
Hajia Mana and her husband at the time of the 2007 general election were sharply split in 2007 when her husband, Alhaji Umar Joji Maina left with elements formerly loyal to Atiku Abubakar to contest the gubernatorial elections of that year on the platform of the Labour Party.
Joji Maina was running mate to Mr. Joel Madaki in that election while his wife, Zainab was a member of the Board of Trustees, BoT of the PDP actively engaged in the campaign for the election of Alhaji Umar Musa Yar‘Adua.
The political split between husband and wife according to sources was a serious stress that may nevertheless have been resolved with time.
Source: Vanguardngr

Monday 6 January 2014

High Court Bombed In Rivers State

A High Court in Ahoada East LGA of Rivers State was bombed  Monday January 6th, according to reports from the state.
The Will Nigeria reports
The bombing of the court where Justice Charles N. Wali usually holds court, reportedly occurred on Monday morning a few hours before a politically charged suit against Hon Evans Bipi, a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly and leader of a group of 6 lawmakers, who has been unlawfully parading himself as the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
Justice Wali had about a month ago ordered Bipi to stop parading himself as Speaker of the House as the tussle over control of the state government between loyalists of the Presidency and the Rivers Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, lingers with an end in sight. No casualties have been reported over the bombing as at the time of filing this report.

Sammie Okposo Renounces COSON Membership

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Renowned gospel act and Glo Ambassador, Sammie Okposo has renounced his membership of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), due to what he says is the lack of transparency and accountability on the part of the CMO. This is coming barely two weeks after he carpeted NBC for its failure to reach an agreement with COSON while also calling for transparency at the CMO.

In the statement made available to the media, the multiple award winning artiste who has been an avid member of the CMO since inception declared that COSON should desist from collecting royalties and acting on his behalf with immediate effect. “I, Sammie Okposo, a proud Nigerian artiste wishes to notify the general public and all stakeholders alike that I have stopped being a member of COSON.”
Reiterating his earlier statements, Okposo insisted that for COSON to be taken seriously, the need for transparency and accountability could not be overemphasized. “The registration of COSON is commendable and may have set the Industry on the path to growth and consolidation but accountability and transparency is very important. My facts reveal that there is nothing in COSON’s constitution that limits the number of terms the Chairman of the Board could serve and this is extremely dangerous. I read Onyeka Onwenu’s interview and she cited it as one of the reasons she left the board of COSON. All effort must be made to ensure COSON does not end up the property of one man. COSON is now delving into awards and competitive activities that are not related to its core responsibilities and this is a distraction".
Advancing reason why he chose to part ways with the CMO, the singer said “The leadership of COSON must also desist from pursuing selfish interests of some of its members and our artistes must get their due respect and recognition. The organization needs to imbibe the art of transparency in the disbursement of funds. How do you disburse royalty payments without showing the artistes the logs? It’s unacceptable. This issue must also be looked into with a view to ensuring that monies collected actually go to deserving artistes”.
Okposo finally called on government to beam its search lights on the activities of peculiar organizations like COSON through the enactment and implementation of laws and oversight function. He also called for the registration of another CMO with a view to breaking the monopoly currently being enjoyed by COSON.

Sunday 5 January 2014

Dr. Ezekiel Izuogu : How the Izuogu Z-600 dream was destroyed.

IzuoguIn 1997, a brilliant Igbo Electrical Engineer and Lecturer at the Federal polytechnic Nekede, Dr. Ezekiel Izogu designed and developed the Izuogu Z-600, the first African indigenous manufactured car.

The car was described by the BBC as ‘ the African dream machine’ as 90% of its parts were sourced locally . At a projected sales cost of 2000 dollars, it would have taken the world by storm and become the cheapest and most affordable car on earth. With mass production planned under Izogu Motors plant in Naze owerri, the prospects of an industrial revolution in Igbo land and Nigeria, was in the making.

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The car was equipped with a self made 1.8L four cylinder engine that got 18mpg and allowedthe car to achieve a top speed of 140 km/h. Front Wheel Drive (FWD) was chosen over Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) because a transmission tunnel, which RWD would require, would be more expensive to fabricate.

So 90% of the car’s components were made locally. General Sani Abacha set up a 12 man panel of inquiry made up of professionals to ascertain the road worthiness and authenticity of the car and after several days of probing, the committee gave Dr. Izuogu’s car a clean bill of health recommending that some of the bumps on the body of the car be smoothened. It is worthy to note that this was five years before India built their first car known as the Indi.

At a well organized unveiling ceremony which had General Abacha represented by Oladipo Diya, over 20 foreign ambassadors and thousands of people in attendance, the federal government promised a grant of 235 million naira to Dr.Izuogu.

An excited Dr Izuogu is still waiting for that grant till today. No dime was released to him. In 2006, the government of South Africa invited Dr. Izuogu to do a presentation about the car in the presence of several world class engineers . Being impressed with his presentation, they invited him to come and set up a plant in South Africa and begin the production of the car.

Dr Izuogu reluctantly agreed, though he wasn’t happy that the benefits of employment generation will be lost on the locals of Naze and the Nigerian human resources environment . On Saturday the 11th of March 2006, at about 2.00 a.m, a total of about 12 heavily armed men broke into Dr. Izogu’s factory in Naze and carted away various machines and tools including the design history notebook of Z-600, the design file Z-MASS, containing the design history for mass production of Z-600 car, and the moulds for various parts of the car.

According to Dr. Izogu:

“It seems that the target of this robbery is to stop the efforts we are making to mass-produce the first ever locally made car in Africa. Other items stolen included locally produced timing wheel, locally produced camshaft, locally produced crankshaft, locally produced engine tappets, all 20 pieces each.

Also stolen were ten pieces of locally produced Z-600 engine blocks, ten pieces of locally produced pistons, four pieces of engine block mounds, four pieces of top engine block moulds, ten pieces of engine fly wheel and two pieces each of rear car and front mudguard moulds.”The inventor regretted that not only did they lose over one N1 billion in monetary terms, but also time (about 10 years) and the energy it took to design and produce the moulds. “To worsen the matter, our design notebook was also stolen,” he stated.

He regarded the incident as a national economic disaster because the nation had lost a technological and intellectual property. This Press was quiet about this story. The set back and governments attitude frustrated Izuogu  and his dream died.