POLITICIANS SHOULD LEARN CHARITY DEVOID OF SELFISH INTERESTS- Aisha Edward

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………………….. “Gov. Dave Umahi’s Adoration Ministry Donation on my mind”

When Gov Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State gave the Proprietor and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, one thousand bags of rice and one thousand tubers of yam in its annual harvest Thanksgiving and Bazaar ceremony, the whole congregation erupted in wild jubilation.

Firstly, we will commend Gov. Dave Umahi, being a Pentecostal, to have extended such a huge generosity on the Catholic Church. Such inter religious magnanimity should be encouraged by all. But the apparent political motives and colourations attached to such gifts must be condemned.

We are nearing an election year, and politicians in their usual manner of politicking and trying to outwit one other to cart home the people’s votes, are now more pronounced in their charitable activities.

Or how could one explain such a large donation of foodstuffs from the Executive Head of one of the most impoverished and educationally backward States in Nigeria?

‘‘Gov Dave Umahi must not have been on a spending spree already, from the N1 billion re-election campaign funds made available to him by Prince Eng. Arthur Eze recently.’’

Ebonyi People will try hard and overlook the high amount of donated foodstuffs by their Governor to Fr.Ejike Mbaka, but would not allow the building of any project in Enugu State with our Commonwealth.

If only Gov. Dave Umahi would attract Fr. Mbaka to Ebonyi State and help him with the needed funds to establish an Adoration Center which many especially the Catholics would wish, where Ebonyi indigenes can as well worship without having to travel long distances into Enugu State, and also become direct beneficiaries to the Employment Opportunities, Schooling programmes and Health Services that will be accrual if such projects are located within the State. The people of Ebonyi State would love him more for this, and he will no doubt succeed as Governor.

We are not against any charitable efforts of his Excellency on any particular organization, but we will be concerned in what capacity, As a State Governor or as a Private Citizen.

There are nagging issues begging for attention, as it concerns the economic welfare of the State. Taking money meant for the administration and economic empowerment of the State to develop activities in another State is unjustified in whatever guise.

A news media quoted Fr. Mbaka as saying ‘‘ Umahi donated 1,000 bags of rice and 1,000 tubers of yam to us, but it meant nothing to me until he handed N10 million cheque to me and promised to build a project for the ministry.

Since Adoration Ministry Enugu, is now a ground for political endorsements, It will go down well with everyone if the donations made therein are from personal wealth and not with public funds.

Gov Dave Umahi is yet to build a hut for the impoverished Sickle Cell victims in the State nor has it been in family succour agenda after several appeal to the office of her excellency through her principal secretary Mr Obasi, where they can be properly managed by professionals and experts in the field. Sometimes one wonders what family succor could be all about without dealing with the dangers and threats of the dreaded genotype incompatibility in Ebonyi State that requires Genetic Education?

As the Chief Executive, Gov. Umahi is expected to bring all hands on deck for an effective onslaught against Sickle Cell Disorder in the State.

Ebonyi people must keep watchful eyes on all their public office holders and ensure that they don’t go jamboree with our collective wealth this election season.

While we cannot compromise our support for Gov. Dave Umahi he should also be very sensitive to our collective feelings and yearning for a true and sincere governance for the masses devoid of classical and seasonal deceit.

Aisha Edward
Center for Moral Mentorship.

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We Can’t Produce Diezani In 72hrs” – EFCC Chair, Magu Reacts To Court Order

EFCC Chair, Ibrahim Magu, has reacted to the High Court order which directed the anti-graft agency to arrest the immediate-past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, has said that the commission needs less than 72 hours given by the court, in producing a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to face her corruption charges, stating that the only problem the commission has is that she is being held “in another man’s country”.

Mr Magu made this known on December 5, 2018, during an interactive session with journalists and social media influencers, at the commission’s headquarters in Jabi, Abuja.

Expressing optimism with complying with the court order, Mr Magu said: “We will comply with the court order. In fact, it is in our character to do so. If we won’t comply with the court order, that means we have reasons to appeal against the court decision.
“We need less than 72hours to produce Diezani. But she is being prosecuted by other law enforcement agencies outside this country. This is our predicament.”

Talking about the challenge in getting her, he said, “Another law enforcement agency is in the matter. You know she is in the United Kingdom. And we are making preparations to get her.
“We have already gone to the court, in fact that was our request for extradition that compelled the court to issue a warrant of arrest against her. I need just less than an hour. If she is here, I will get her immediately and take her before the court. Our problem is that she is another man’s country.”

Responding on the issue of not finding anything against the former minister, Mr Magu said, “Nobody can say she has not committed anything. All the neighbouring countries in Europe and America and all the law enforcement agencies in the world have knowledge of Diezani’s money laundering activities.”

Speaking on looted funds still hanging outside the country, Mr Magu wondered why it was difficult for the countries concerned to repatriate the looted funds.

He said:-

“More than 80 per cent of the loot recovery outside this country is still hanging. Ask them why is it hanging? Why is it so difficult to repatriate this money, when you have established that this only came from Nigeria and you know that this person does not own this money? There is no justification. It’s not small money. We have over $300million hanging in the United Kingdom”.

Responding on the Halliburton bribery controversy, the anti-graft czar, said “We are only looking at the way the money was expended, the manner in which it was shared, and used.
“There was money that was received from Halliburton. There was settlement. So now, our problem is how that money given to Nigeria was shared. We are very much on it. We will see to the end of it”.

He thereafter urged the general public to collaborate with the commission in the corruption fight, stating that the whistle-blower policy was still very much on.

“This whistle blowing policy is working. This boy that blew the Ikoyi whistle has become a millionaire and he is not calling me again,” he added.

(NAN)

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Breaking News:NYSC Canceled Davido’s One Year Service

While one revealed how he was commended for a job well done, the other revealed how his was canceled.

Ever since news broke of Nigerian singer, Davido, going for the one-year mandatory National Youth Service Corps program, Nigerians have steady followed the progress from his end.

It was only at the beginning of the program earlier this year, we got to see the singer participate in the program as he made sure to show it on his social media page.

Not long after, he began going on his music tour, outside the confinement of the NYSC program and hence, a penalty was awarded to him – there was not much of news after this, not until recently when the singer revealed his one-year program was canceled.

After entertainment promoter, Adesegun Adeosun took to his page to reveal that he was lauded by the NYSC official body for his works during his service year, Davido took to the comment section to reveal that his was canceled.

Adesegun Adeosun had written on his page,

Whatever you do, do it well and with PASSION. I love my country and I’m always super proud to represent it as well as keeping the flag flying everywhere I go!!! Wanna give a big thanks to @mreazi @bankywellington @cdqolowo @airboyrado @ushbebecomedian @kokopee_ for coming to entertain us despite the crazy traffic around camp also those that tried but couldn’t make it before lightsout. I’m dedicating this award to all Nigerian Youths striving to do something positive and making a difference home and abroad. #SelfMade #KingSMADE

And in the comment section of his post, Davido wrote,

Nah so dem cancel my own 

Deji Adeyanju Granted Bail As Fani Kayode, Charly Boy Storm Abuja Court

Deji Adeyanju, Convener of Concerned Nigerians, has been granted bail.

He was granted bail on Thursday by the Magistrate Court sitting in Abuja.

Femi Fani Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation and Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, among others, stormed the Magistrate Court in Abuja on Thursday morning express solidarity with Adeyanju, who is standing trial on allegations of “cyberstalking, inciting disturbance and criminal defamation”.

The offence is punishable under Section 391 of the Penal Code and Section 24(1) of the CyberCrime Prohibition and Protection Act 2015.

Idiat Akanni, the presiding magistrate, said the offence is bailable, noting that Adeyanju should not have been kept in custody. She, therefore, admitted him to bail on the condition that he must produce two sureties with N500,000 in like sum, and the sureties must not be less than Grade 12 in the civil service.

Adeyanju was rearrested on Monday December 3, 2018 after he was initially released from prison by the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS) on offences bordering on “cyberstalking, inciting disturbance and criminal defamation”.SEE ALSOAfter Buratai’s Petition, Police Rearrest Adeyanju For ‘Cyberstalking’9 Comments1 Day Ago

Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, had also written a petition against Adeyanju for “promoting terrorism on social media” regarding the attack on soldiers in Melete.

Speaking on the arrest, Fani-Kayode said: “The excesses of the Police have exposed the number of issues happening with the military and so on. That he should be locked up, charge to court, granted bail and rearrested. This is unacceptable and I will urge the government to reconsider the way they are handling this matter”.

The case was adjourned till January 17, 2019 for hearing.

Culled from SaharaReporters 

SHOCKING! Police Reveals How Kidnapper Evans Shot Young Shall Grow Motors Chairman

The police on Wednesday gave an account of how the Chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors, Chief Vincent Obianuju, was allegedly shot in a gun battle by suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (alias Evans).

Onwuamadike is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, 29, Chiemeka Arinze, 39, and Udeme Upong, 43, on a seven-count charge of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap, and sale and transfer of firearms.

The prosecutor, Mr Haroun Adebayo, called the first witness, Insp. Idowu Haruna, attached to the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, which arrested the accused and conducted investigations, to narrate the outcome of the investigations.

Haruna testified that the chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors was attacked by the accused on Third Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos in 2013.

“They engaged the chief in a gun battle, and he was shot on his left arm,” NAN quoted him as saying.

“Also, one of his escorts, Cpl. Ngozi Chijioke and his driver, Mr Peter Nweke, were shot dead; three among the kidnappers were shot down by the police while others escaped.”

Haruna told the court that two riffles were recovered by the police while the case was reported at the FESTAC Police Division.

“Earlier, the third defendant, Arinze, surveyed and monitored the movement of the chairman,” the witness testified.

He said that anytime the chairman was going out to play games in the evening, he never went with escorts.

“But on the Aug. 27, 2017, the defendants never knew that the victim was with escort; that was how they met their waterloo.”

Haruna told the court that, in its investigations, the team discovered that Arinze, who was into community service in his hometown, sold the riffles to Onwuamadike, which he used in carrying out the crime.

“It was discovered that Evans was the Leader of the gang and he ordered the kidnap of the victim.

“It was Evans that organised the firearms and ammunition used for the operation.”

He said that Onwuamadike made a confessional statement that he had been into the crime for a long time.

“He has no other job, this is his means of livelihood,” he added.

Haruna also said that the team discovered that the fourth accused, Upong, sold AK47 riffle to Onwuamadike without knowing he would to use it to kidnap the victim

ASUU Strike: Lecturer Dresses As Spider Man To Attend To Students(Photos)

A lecturer at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli, Anambra State, yesterday, transformed into a Spider-Man in order to rescue his masters students from the jaws of the ongoing ASUU strike.

It was gathered that the lecturer, who is a strong member of ASUU, had to undergo the transformation so as not to contravene the union’s directive which requires lecturers to stay away from academic work.

In his capacity as a Spider-Man and not an ASUU member, he was able to attend to the students who wanted to have a final discussion with him ahead of their project defence.

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Buhari Will Return To Daura In 2019 – Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has vowed to send President Buhari back to his hometown of Daura in Katsina state in 2019.

The PDP presidential candidate made this known in a statement issued to newsmen by his media aide, Paul Ibe.

According to Vanguard, Atiku said this while reacting to a comment made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

Oshiomhole on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, described the PDP flagbearer as a prodigal son, adding that he will suffer defeat in the upcoming election.

Atiku said “It is not political soothsayers like Oshiomhole that will determine the outcome of the elections but let it be known to him that President Buhari will not only be defeated, he will be retired to his beloved Daura in 2019.

“Does Oshiomhole think that Nigerians are fools? What will determine the direction of votes are the insecurity challenges, job losses, pain, anguish, and economic strangulation that this incompetent government has subjected Nigerians to.

“For Atiku, it is about Jobs; for Buhari, it is hopelessness. For Atiku, it is about opportunities; for Buhari, it is insensitivity. For Atiku, it is about inclusiveness; For Buhari, it is clannishness. Atiku is all about Getting Nigeria Working Again.”

Atiku Abubakar has also promised to revive the economy of the country to what it was between 2011 and 2015, if elected president.

He made the promise while speaking at the PDP mega rally in Ilorin, Kwara state on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, 45 political parties under the aegis of the Coalition of United Political parties (CUPP) have endorsed Atiku Abubakar as its consensus candidate.

2019 Lagos:Jimi Agbaje Mocks APC As Commissioner Dumps Ruling Party

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State Jimi Agbaje, has reacted to the defection of the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Wasiu Oluwo, to the PDP.

Agbaje mocked the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, adding that the decision of Oluwo was due to the failure of the ruling party.

Agbaje in a statement titled, “Babylon is Falling”, noted that APC is crumbling.

“The commissioner has displayed uncommon courage by the decision. He is a good example for others to follow as this empire begins to fall to pieces

“I am gladdened by the news of my brother’s defection to the PDP. Indeed, it is a welcome development which must be lauded and applauded by all lovers of freedom and democracy. By this singular gesture, Oluwo has counted himself worthy as a man of integrity.

“I look forward to teaming up with him to liberate our dear state from the shackles of bad governance and corruption.

“I am using this opportunity to all stakeholders in the state, particularly my brothers and sisters in the APC to toe the path of honour, and join us to rescue our state from the vice grips of a vested cabal that has arrested its development in the last 20 years,” he said.

2019 Presidency: PDP Leaders Serve Buhari Quit Notice At Ilorin Rally

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday served President Muhammdu Buhari quit notice at its presidential campaign rally in Ilorin, Kwara State.

Director General of the Atiku/Obi Campaign Organisation and President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki said the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government has failed in all facets of governance.

He asked Nigerians to vote out Buhari and the APC in next year’s general elections, adding that the APC had failed to deliver on all its 2015 campaign promises.

According to Saraki: “APC promised Nigeria a lot of things. They promised us security, at a time we had security problem only in the North East, but now it has extended to North Central, and even the North West. APC has failed because security has worsened.

Atiku lamented that the nation has gone worse under the APC, hence the need to provide an alternative administration that can make things work in the nation again.

“Today in terms of economy, Nigeria is the poorest in the world. These are facts from international organisations. The security situation has become terribly bad,” he said.

Atiku alleged plans by the APC to buy permanent voters cards from people as a way of perpetrating electoral fraud, but urged Nigerians to guide against the plan so as not to mortgage their future and that of their children.

PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, while appreciating the large turnout of the people for the rally noted that Nigerians have been suffering since APC took over power in 2015.

182 Graduates Bag First Class As OAU Holds 43rd Convocation

About 182 graduates will receive First Class degrees at the 43rd convocation of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, out of 13,492 graduating students.

The chairman of the ceremonial committee, Oluseye Bolaji, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Ile-Ife.

Mr Bolaji, a professor, said that the convocation would involve graduates of the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic sessions.

He added that the event would hold between December 11 and 14.

Mr Bolaji added that the convocation lecture entitled, “University Education in Nigeria: Revisiting the Ife Dream,” would be delivered by a retired professor of History and Second Republic senator, Banji Akintoye.

The committee chairman also said exhibition of research activities carried out in the faculties and units of the university would be unveiled as part of the activities during the convocation. (NAN

Gov El-rufai:I Want To Run Away

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai says it is not easy to preside over the affairs of many people and that sometimes he feels like running away. Governor El-Rufai who is seeking a second term in office, said this when he spoke at an election summit organised by the Kaduna State Peace Commission. He said he would accept defeat if he loses the 2019 governorship election, adding that he would be in a hurry to pack out of the government house.

“Let me first speak as the governorship candidate of the APC. Our party is committed to peace and peaceful elections. The political parties that merged into the APC were victims of rigged elections and the consequential violence that came with it.

It is the rigging of elections that leads to violence. It was the massive rigging of the elections in 2011 that led yo the wide spread violence at that time and Kaduna state alone, lost over 800 lives.

“As the candidate of the APC, I am saying here and now that I am in a hurry to park out of the government house if the people do not vote for me. I will be the first to concede and I want to tell all that want to be governor that it is not an easy job… I want to run away.

“It is just that when I look at those that want to be governor and what they have done to the state in the past, I have a duty to protect the state, the ordinary people of the state from the evils of past.”

Governor El-Rufai vowed to deal with anyone who promotes hate speech and religious sentiments on social media in the state. “This is the biggest problem we are facing as a sitting government and I want to appeal to all of us politicians to reflect, think and desist from this because when you destroy lives by giving young people weapons and drugs for election purposes, what do you do with them after you win. They become a monster that is difficult to control. We have no thugs in the APC.

All those that campaign with us, we try to empower them to be employed so that they will be off the street. These are very serious issues for us so I want to appeal to my colleagues to temper our language, because politics is not war.

“We are doing that vigorously; we do not care what people say. Anyone that comes to Kaduna and say something or even say it outside Kaduna and his house is not in Kaduna state, no matter who he is, whether he calls himself bishop or Imam or Sheikh, whether he calls himself chief or Hakimi, we will bring him to justice.

We will arrest and bring him to Kaduna and prosecute him and we are on the trail of many of them that have insignificantly done this. Some in Abuja, some in Lagos, we will bring them to Kaduna and try them for incitement, for malicious falsehood, for hate speech.

We are determined to do that and we will not politicise it because the protection of lives and property should never be politicise” he said.

Our Decision To Boycott 2019 General Elections Irrevocable – IPOB

The leadership of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB) has re- iterated its decision to boycott the forthcoming 2019 general elections is irrevocable, saying that no amount of cajoling and criticisms of the decision as counter-productive would make it change the decision. Uche Mefor Deputy Leader of IPOB

In a statement issued yesterday by the deputy Leader of the group, Mr Uche Mefor, apparently in reply to a Niger Delta freedom fighter, Mr Askari Dokubo, who criticized the IPOB decision to boycott the forthcoming Nigeria’s 2019 general polls, IPOB, stated that injustice can never be erased in Nigeria.

“You cry everyday that the constitution is a fraud, the election rigged,  INEC  used as electoral tool to manipulate results and yet you senselessly or naively continue and want people to vote and yet you are a freedom fighter?

“Look, IPOB cannot mutate and certainly don’t change course midflight , IPOB remains ideologically consistent.

“Do your own and we do our own and in the end we take stock. IPOB refuses to betray the trust of her followers or sell them by joining Nigerian politics”, the IPOB leader stated.

The IPOB leadership even warned that the group might be forced to changing its tactics if its current modus operandi is seen not to be yielding the desired result, saying “Our demands must be met or we apply another sophisticated strategy if the anomaly subsists”.

He added, “In the final analysis , it is my considered opinion that those who are suggesting that we change course are at best insincere.

“They know right from the beginning that the end result in joining Nigerian politics is total failure with respect to BIAFRA .

“Bewarned, be focused, be vigilant for wolves are on the rampade. Rally round our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and together, we shall eventually prevail”, he stated