Saturday, 27 September 2014

Tiwa Savage sacks hubby


 
There are indications that Singer Tiwa savage might have sacked her hubby, Teebillz who is also her  manager as he did not accompany her to the Africa unplugged event that took place recently in London.
An unknown person reportedly paraded as her manager at Dammy Krane’s album launch . Tiwa Savage Balogun recently posted a picture on her Instagram page that said her husband, Teebillz can’t divorce her, and neither can he return her.
Tongues are wagging and questions are being asked could this love boat be rocking as the couple is hardly seen together these days? As usual we will keep you posted.

Kim Kardashian attacked in Paris

 

Kim Kardashian ,the reality television star was attacked in Paris while entering a fashion show last Thursday. She was attacked by the  infamous media personality, Vitalii Sediuk. The Ukrainian male is known to crash red carpet events, pull pranks and act as the catalyst behind numerous encounters with celebrities in the past. On this occasion, he lunged out of the crowd and attempted to hug Kardashian, but instead nearly toppled her over. The star grabbed her knees to avoid completely falling. After Sediuk attacked Kardashian at the Balmain Paris Fashion Week show, he was mauled by other paparazzi and forced to leave the event.
The incident took place when the reality television personality arrived for the Paris function in a limousine driven by a chauffeur. Kardashian was accompanied in her travels by her mother, Kris Jenner, and her husband, Kanye West. Tons of fans and paparazzi awaited the arrival of the three stars. The anxious mob roared when Kardashian’s vehicle pulled up and she exited, and Sediuk immediately grabbed at the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star’s legs. After nearly toppling Kardashian over, he was immediately tackled to the ground by the celeb’s bodyguards. Sediuk  was subsequently banished as Kimye and Jenner were safely ushered off to the fashion show.

D'Banj releases new single


 

Koko master, D'banj is set to release a new single titled Omini. The singer has suffered a musical set-back since he left Mo'Hit records to be on his own. In the rrecent times, he has not been churning out good songs like he used to when he was with Don Jazzy who has been growing stronger since he parted ways with D banj.

D'Banj's fans are hoping this new single flies.'Omini' means 'water'.

 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Atiku declares for presidency : Full text of his speech

2015: Atiku declares for presidency, South-west APC caucus endorses bid

  FORMER VICE PRESIDENT ATIKU ABUBAKAR, DECLARING HIS PRESIDENTIAL AMBITION ON THE  PLATFORM OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) IN ABUJA
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar Wednesday formally declared his presidential ambition on the platform of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

The former Vice President's declaration is, however, coming against the backdrop of his bid being endorsed by a South-west caucus of the APC.
The former Vice President made his formal declaration at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja at 10 O’clock in the morning.

The activities marking the declaration was largely youth-focused to emphasize Atiku’s passion for the challenges facing young men and women in the country.

Youth economic empowerment is one of Atiku’s cardinal objectives because he regards them as the fulcrum around which the development and future of Nigeria revolves, the statement noted.

"In particular, the former Vice President is concerned about the alarming youth unemployment and he focuses on his policy objectives on the development of entrepreneurial skills for our youth so that they don’t have to depend entirely on the limited, if not elusive government jobs," the statement added.

Meanwhile, a caucus of the APC in the South-west zone has endorsed Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the party in the 2015 presidential election.

Full text of his speech at the declaration :
TIME FOR CHANGE
Speech by Atiku Abubakar, GCON, former Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, on the occasion of his Declaration of Intent to seek the Nomination of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to Contest the 2015 Presidential Election, at the Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.

24 September, 2014.




Protocol
- Leaders and Members of our great party, the All Progressive Congress (APC)
- Our dynamic and vibrant Nigerian Youth
- Other Nigerians here and at home
- Members of the Press
- Ladies and Gentlemen.

I welcome you all to this special gathering. I feel truly honoured by your presence. That you could attend this event despite the security and healthcare challenges facing this country at the moment is all the more gratifying.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

We are all here because we believe that our country can be made better. We want to see Nigeria develop, prosper and become the pride of Africa and the Black race.  We are here because we know that change must come and that change will come because of you.

As I move around this country interacting with regular Nigerians, I listen to their concerns about unfulfilled expectations, frustrations and sometimes disillusionment. Yet I still see the excitement, determination and hope on their faces.

In spite of the many challenges we face, it is quite remarkable that our people have refused to give up on Nigeria. It is inspiring that amidst difficulties and growing anxiety over the future of our country, our people have refused to succumb to despair and hopelessness. This never-say-die attitude gives me immense hope and it is one of the reasons why I can never give up on Nigeria. 

The glaring mismatch between our potentials and our achievements has become for many a frustrating puzzle; for others it is a topic for national debate; and yet for another group, it is doomsday lament. But as a progressive and open-minded Nigerian, I consider it a golden opportunity and a bittersweet chance to display our courage, rekindle our innovative instinct, showcase our character and turn the Nigerian dream into reality.

The future of Nigeria is represented here. Nigerians of my generation, who work tireless to earn a living, striving to make Nigeria a better place for themselves and their families, and who are entitled to retire in comfort, are here.  Our youth are represented here. (Please join me in giving three gbozaas for our youth: Gbozaa! Gbozaa! Gbozaa!). You, the youth – endowed with fresh ideas, bubbling energy and a passionate desire for change - you are the hope of this nation.  Without you, we really can’t talk of a future with hope and confidence.

That is why the 2015 election is about you. It is about how to ensure that you live safe and secured lives.  It is about making sure that you feed well, receive quality and affordable education and training, secure good jobs, support your own families and contribute positively to the development of our country. This is what a responsive and responsible government owes its citizens. This is what our generation owes upcoming generations. This is what we must do to guarantee our country's future. This is what democracy promises. This is what our party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), seeks to actualize.

Our party, the APC, at its inception in July 2013, offered a great hope for many Nigerians as a potent alternative to the ruling PDP. We have in our fold selfless leaders who cherish democratic principles and practice and who have demonstrated their patriotism in deepening democracy. 
Regardless of the loud and lavish political propaganda, deceit, official impunity and unjust applications of powers of patronage and sanctions by the PDP administrations, let me assure you that our party remains strong and capable of fulfilling the nation’s thirst for change. And we shall do so united across regions, religions and generations.

I am particularly proud that our party has adopted the innovative Modified Open Primaries in selecting its flag bearers at all levels. This will ensure the emergence of candidates whose mandate will be informed by the popular will of the members of our party.

Some people have argued for a generational shift to younger leaders without much experience.  However, I believe that it is the responsibility of my generation to offer our political shoulders to the new generation to climb upon, improve their vision and expand their horizon. It is this trans-generational collaboration and partnership that represents the best model to create the future that we desire and deserve. This is a well-tested model; the future of this nation should never again be subjected to leadership experimentation or learning on the job.

My story is similar to the story of many of my generation.  I was born in a southern Adamawa village to a nomadic trader and his wife who was a farmer. I grew up as a shepherd and a farm boy. I was the only child of my parents. My father had to be imprisoned by Local Council authorities before he could allow me to go to school.

At 11, I lost my father and my whole world fell apart. With the help of my mother, other relatives and friends of my father, I pulled myself up from this doldrums and despair. I faced the future with uncommon confidence, hope and faith in God. I am where I am today because I did not give up. I struggled to acquire a good education because the opportunity was made available. Most people never had a chance and their potentials were never discovered and their contributions to national development thus curtailed.  I worry today that too many of our young people who could have improved their lives and that of this nation have not been getting the opportunities to do so.  

In the 20 years that I spent in the Nigerian public service, I built a solid reputation for myself as a diligent, honest, hardworking and innovative staff. I retired as an accomplished and fulfilled public servant. That is what every Nigerian who had diligently served this country deserves and not dehumanization, humiliation and neglect.

I became politically active in 1987 because my imagination was captured by a leader, Late Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, who started with persistent determination and diligence to construct bridges of understanding and love across the ethno-religious divides inherent in our society. He convinced all of us who were bold to defy the status quo to participate in his noble passion. We were convinced that it was the only way to preserve our national unity and establish a structure of peace necessary for national development. Even after his death, we have continued with renewed vigour to pursue this dream.

My politics have always been guided by the enduring values of fairness and justice, honesty of purpose, the pursuit of excellence, selflessness and the love for my country. These values also characterize my conduct in business.

As Vice President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, I worked closely with my boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is also a passionate defender of Nigerian unity.  We re-integrated our country into the international community following years of isolation; we professionalized our armed forces; we embarked on fundamental economic reforms articulated by an Economic Team, which I had the honour to chair. We focused on macro-economic stability and transforming critical areas such as banking, insurance, oil and gas, telecommunication, pension and the Civil Service. We created novel institutions that should lay the foundation for good governance and accountability such as the Bureau of Procurement (Due Process), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), SERVICOM, whose Golden rule is “Serve others as you would like to be served.”  Sadly, most of these institutions are now mere shadows of themselves.

We also paid off nearly all of our foreign debt which was crippling the country; we stabilized the exchange rate of the naira as well as interest rates, and reduced inflation.  What needed to follow was for these macro-economic gains to be further translated into improved welfare for our people.

With the reforms in the telecommunications sector we increased the number of functioning telephone lines from 200,000 at the inception of our administration to over 70 million by the time we left.  Our reforms also led to an increase in the market capitalization of the Nigerian Stock Exchange from N400 billion to over N8 trillion by 2007 and to nearly N13 trillion by 2008.

We also handed over well-articulated master Plans for the development of multi-modal transportation system, including a contract for the modernization of the railways.  We also commenced the implementation of the Gas to Power Master Plan, with a target of 26,000 megawatts of electricity expected to be delivered by 2015.

This is the story of the service of an administration, which I am proud to have been a part of. These achievements were made possible because of the vision, commitment and dedication of leadership.  Good leadership is what it takes to make good things happen.  Did we resolve all of Nigeria's challenges? Of course not! But no one would say that there was leadership vacuum or a lack of commitment, plan and execution.

We know the story today. Rather than continuing to pay down our debts, our borrowing has actually been increasing even though the price of oil has consistently been above $100 per barrel since the inception of the current administration.  The percentage of our budget that is implemented has diminished significantly since capital projects are poorly cash-backed.

A number of major manufacturers have divested from Nigeria and relocated to neighbouring countries while those that remain operate at far below their installed capacity due mainly to poor infrastructure. The environment for doing business, and our ranking in world competitiveness index have worsened. Therefore, job opportunities for our teeming youth have become harder to come by. We recall with sadness the avoidable deaths of job seekers during the poorly organized so-called Immigration Service recruitment exam just last year.  Up to this moment no one has been held accountable for those needless deaths.

On human development, our infant and maternal mortality, and poverty and illiteracy levels continue to be embarrassingly high. Thus, while countries such as Ghana, Gabon and Botswana are classified by the UNDP as being at the Medium Human Development Level, Nigeria is grouped with those at the Low Human Development Level.

This situation reinforces the urgent need for change.  We cannot continue down this path of national decline.

Resentment, disillusionment and hopelessness are the emotions on which insecurity and disharmony thrive. Our country is more divided today than at any other time since the civil war. There is a disturbing rise in ethnic nationalism and religious bigotry. This is promoting social tension and mutual distrust amongst the people of Nigeria. All over the country, there are daily breaches of security resulting in loss of lives and properties. Armed robbery, kidnappings and human trafficking continue to ravage many parts of the country.  A bunch of extremist insurgents are hoisting strange flags on large areas of our territory that they claim to have conquered. Unspeakable horrors are now being committed daily against our people by anti-social elements in the name of religion and other causes.

Government has a responsibility to do everything possible to halt the on-going dehumanization of Nigerians. Unfortunately what we have is a serious governance deficit. To put it bluntly, our country seems to be on auto pilot with no one in charge.

We need a strong, dynamic, decisive, competent and visionary leadership that can halt the current drift of the ship of state, fight corruption, create jobs, rebuild our infrastructure, provide social services and tackle insecurity in a decisive, robust multi-pronged way.  This is the change we want and deserve and this is the change the APC is primed to offer. And that is why I am a proud member of this platform for change. 

To fix Nigeria, an APC government will promote a new socio-political order which will compel the leadership to always balance power and authority with service and accountability.

I have been asked why I am always seeking to become the president of this country. My passion for governance is that of a man who wants to do more because there is so much more to be done in fixing Nigeria. This passion continues to grow as long as this government is not really doing the fixing.  I have what it takes to bring people together and turn things around for the better. Therefore, I want to play a leading role in the trans-generational efforts to save this country and improve the lives of our people.  

With the support of the millions of Nigerians desirous of change and the hard work by all of us, the APC shall form the next government of this great nation.

I have, therefore, decided that I will, along with other respected leaders of our party, seek nomination as a candidate of the APC to contest the Presidential election of 2015.

I want to lead a government that will invest in its people because people constitute the wealth of any nation. I want to lead a government that will create “A Nigeria for All”.  A Nigeria that is not about North or South, Christian or Muslim, but about a better tomorrow where every citizen will feel secure, act with patriotism, having assurance of the fulfilment of his or her aspirations.

I want to lead a government that will rebuild the institutions of governance with zero tolerance for corruption and nepotism, where hard work and dedication are adequately rewarded.

I want to assemble the best brains in the land and provide the political will and commitment so that jointly, and with the cooperation of all of you, build a Nigeria of our dreams.

Nigeria must rise to retake its leadership place in Africa and earn the respect of other nations. This places on us the responsibility of stewardship. It is the consciousness of this national responsibility that has guided my political adventures; and it is this call to serve that I have come to answer once again.  

Nigeria must and will be great.  With your support and prayers, we will change this country for good. We will create a country that will truly be the pride of the black race. We will create a new Nigeria for all Nigerians.

Thank you and God bless Nigeria.

Sultan honours Tambuwal






The Sultan of Sokoto,  Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III,  will on Saturday, confer the traditional title of Mutawallen Sokoto on the Speaker of the House of Representatives,  Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. 

A statement issued in Abuja by Tambuwal's Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs,  Malam Imam Imam, said dignitaries from within and outside the country are expected to grace the occasion.

President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour.

Other dignitaries invited include former Nigerian leaders, state governors, traditional rulers and members of the Organised Private Sector.

Already,  the national organising committee of the ceremony, headed by Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said all arrangements have been concluded for a successful gathering.

"Nigerians from all walks of life are therefore invited to grace the event where the rich cultural heritage of the people of 

 Sokoto and the Caliphate will be showcased," the statement quoted Saraki as saying. 

Pro Fayose's thugs on rampage: beat up judge

 


The premises of the Ekiti State High Court on Thursday morning was thrown into confusion when Faoyes's  alleged thugs allegedly beat up a judge, Justice John Adeyeye, for being  rude to the governor-elect.
Confusion ensued that disrupted the Election petition Tribunal sitting at the High court, Ado-Ekiti, as judicial  workers abandoned  their duty posts and ran for safety.
According to witnesses, the pro-Fayose  thugs besieged the court premises as early as 6a.m. and
Justice Adeyeye of High Court 3,worried by the development, approached  Fayose and urged him to prevail on “his supporters” to keep a safe distance from the court premises.
This probably did not go down with the governor-elect who was said to have shouted the judge down, leading to his thugs  pouncing on Justice Adeyeye, beating him up and tearing his clothes.
Judicial workers were said to hurriedly shut down the court premises and  prevented court proceeding for hours before the police fired tear gas canisters to disperse the surging crowd.
Justice Adeyeye is said to be receiving treatment at the moment in  a private hospital in Ado-Ekiti.
The case of Ekiti governorship  election in which Ayo Fayose was declared winner has been at the elections petition tribunal sitting  in Ekiti state
 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Breaking news: Chibok girls released

 

There were indications that some of the kidnapped Chibok girls have been released. A top military source was quoted to have revealed that some of the girls kidnapped last April regained freedom today but Defence headquaters have retracted the statement, saying the girls escaped from their captors. Army spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade toldjournalists that  there were girls in military custody, but not those from Chibok as originally thought..

A top military source  had claimed that two Toyota Hiace buses loaded with the girls were driven into the Maimalari Barracks, the headquarters of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, this evening.
When contacted, Defence Spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, confirmed the development.
He said the exercise was still ongoing and that appropriate statement would be made soon.
The over 200 girls, mostly teenagers, were kidnapped from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, on April 14.
Details of the negotiation that led to the release of the girls is unclear at this time. Mr. Olukolade said such details would only be provided later.
- See more at: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/168532-breaking-some-abducted-chibok-girls-released.html#sthash.XHag4ml1.dpuf
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A yet unclear number of the Chibok girls kidnapped by the extremist Boko Haram sect in April have been released, officials said.
A top military source  had claimed that two Toyota Hiace buses loaded with the girls were driven into the Maimalari Barracks, the headquarters of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, this evening.
When contacted, Defence Spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, confirmed the development.
He said the exercise was still ongoing and that appropriate statement would be made soon.
The over 200 girls, mostly teenagers, were kidnapped from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, on April 14.
Details of the negotiation that led to the release of the girls is unclear at this time. Mr. Olukolade said such details would only be provided later.
Details later…
UPDATE: The defence headquarters has since retracted, saying it was no longer sure that the girls driven into Maimalari girls were newly rescued
- See more at: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/168532-breaking-some-abducted-chibok-girls-released.html#sthash.OoKnTWjL.dpuf
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