Saturday, 31 January 2015

Kwara State welcomes APC campaign to fire up Metropolitan Square

The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign tour of all 36 states took its change message to the people of Kwara  State, the State of Harmony as one of two stops.
Muhammadu Buhari who was accompanied by his running mate, Yemi Osinbajo, stopped by at the palace of the Emir of Kwara State, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari at the start of the journey to Kwara. The team then proceeded to the rally ground - Metropolitan Square - where a huge crowd had gathered despite the heat.
A colourful ceremony then unfolded that started with movie icons from the Yoruba movie industry including Adebayo Salami popularly known as Oga Bello, Muyiwa Ademola, Fathia Balogun, and Femi Adebayo, took turns to address the large crowd. Also present was fuji maestro, King Wasiu
Ayinde Marshal (KWAM1) and members of the Kwara cultural dance troupe who entertained the patient audience awaiting the arrival of the Buhari and Osinbajo.
Senator Abike Dabiri-Erewa, member of the APC campaign council and battling losing her voice hosted the event, introducing key members of the APC on stage to speak. One such speaker was Governor Rotimi Amaechi, who declared the rally open and assured the people that change will
come. Dino Melaye, Rauf Aregbesola, and Bola Tinubu also took turns to deliver speeches of encouragement.
Vice presidential nominee Osinbajo, who spoke in confidence, described the 14 February election as the day of destiny when the much needed change in Nigeria will come. Then the presidential candidate Buhari, took to the stage to declare his firm stance on three issues of utmost importance for Nigeria to solve: insecurity, corruption and the economy, all of which he promised to tackle if elected as president.

Chadian jets bomb Nigerian town in anti-Boko Haram raid

N'DJAMENA: Chadian aircraft on Saturday bombed the Nigerian town of Gamboru in a raid targeting Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, security sources said.
A raid was carried out around midday by two fighter jets on the town in Nigeria's far northeast along the Cameroon border, sources from Chad and Cameroon said on condition of anonymity. 
Boko Haram overran the town several months ago as part of its campaign to seize territory in the region and create an Islamic state. 
The Boko Haram uprising has become a regional crisis, with the four directly affected countries -- Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria -- agreeing to boost cooperation to contain the threat. 
Nigeria's military said on Thursday that its fighter jets had bombed the northeast town of Malam Fatori, also controlled by Boko Haram. 
Witnesses and some media reports said troops and airforce planes from Chad were also involved in that operation on Nigerian soil but Abuja neither confirmed nor denied the claim. 
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday gave his backing to an African Union proposal to set up a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram.

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Nine presidential candidates may step down for Jonathan, says group

The National Unity Group (NUG), an NGO said on Saturday that nine presidential candidates in the Feb. 14 presidential election may step down for President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The National Secretary of the group, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, told newsmen in Abuja that it had been meeting with the parties on the need for them to support Jonathan.
According to Ojougboh who did not mention the candidates and their parties, though consultations would continue on Feb. 1, the discussions so far had been fruitful.
He said that the PDP presidential campaign was satisfactorily progressing in the northern part of the country.
He urged the citizenry not to feel intimidated but to perform their civic responsibility of voting on election days.
“We are counting on all Nigerians, northerners especially, that they should not be intimidated, they should go out and vote massively for Mr President.
“For this country to remain united and for the progress we are experiencing now to continue, there is the need for all to cooperate with Mr President and vote massively for the PDP,’’ he said.
Sen. Chris Ukpabi, who also spoke said the group, having critically examined President Jonathan`s score cards in all sectors of the economy, was convinced that he was the right president for the country.
He called on all Nigerians to support his re-election bid to enable him continue with his good works.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that also present at the briefing were Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, a former governor of old Anambra, Sen. Oserheimen Osunbor, former governor of Edo, among others (NAN)

EFCC nabs Ebonyi State governor’s son

 
The Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has disclosed that it has arrested the son of Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi state over corruption-related acts.The Governor’s son, Elechi Nnanna Elechi, was reported to have been arrested on Thursday by operatives of the EFCC), after he was invited for questioning over allegations of laundering worth millions.
Reports has it that the governor’s son is behind his family’s company which secured contracts from the state and local governments, but however, remain unexecuted, four months before his father’s tenure ends.
Before his arrest, the EFCC had also invited and interrogated other top-ranking staff of Ebonyi state government over the fraud perpetrated by the Elechi administration through an Asphalt Project for the 13 local government of the state.
The Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has disclosed that it has arrested the son of Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi state over corruption-related acts.
The Governor’s son, Elechi Nnanna Elechi, was reported to have been arrested on Thursday by operatives of the EFCC), after he was invited for questioning over allegations of laundering worth millions.
Reports has it that the governor’s son is behind his family’s company which secured contracts from the state and local governments, but however, remain unexecuted, four months before his father’s tenure ends.
Before his arrest, the EFCC had also invited and interrogated other top-ranking staff of Ebonyi state government over the fraud perpetrated by the Elechi administration through an Asphalt Project for the 13 local government of the state.
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Nigerian Army General, Lt. Col., others arrested over Baga attack

No fewer  than 10 senior Nigerian Army officers, including a Brigadier-General have been arrested and are telling the military hierarchy what they know about the Baga attack by the insurgent group, Boko Haram. The Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade said the senior army officers are being investigated for allegedly shirking their responsibilities during the attack by the militants.
Those arrested are Brigadier-General Enitan Ransome-Kuti, his Chief of Staff Lt. Colonel G.A Suru.
Others are the Commanding Officer of 134 and 174 battalions, Lt. Colonel Haruna and a certain Major aliyu.
The two Nigerian Army battalions are under the Multi-National Task Joint Task Force in Baga, attacked by the insurgents.
Speaking on the arrest, General Olukolade said that the arrested officers were being investigated because at the time of the attack on the multinational headquarters in Baga, Brigadier-General Ransome-Kuti and his men were fully in charge of the military formation.
He said it was disappointing that the attack on Baga was not repelled by both battalions, despite having the necessary weapons to carry out the necessary operations.
On January 3, 2015, suspected members of Boko Haram attacked the base of the Multinational Task Force in Baga, Borno State, dislodging the soldiers there.
Reports say the troops were warned to be on alert following intelligence reports that terrorists would strike between January 22 and January 25.
Eyewitnesses said that the attack started around 5am when residents started hearing gunshots as the insurgents tried to gain entrance into the MNJTF premises.
Many civilians living in the barracks were said to have been killed during the attack.

Boy attacked by dogs got infections at LASUTH - Indian hospital

Available information has shown that four-year-old Abraham Omonigho, who was attacked by two German shepherd dogs in Igando area of Lagos State, in September 2014, was infected while at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
This was said by the medical personnel at the Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, an Indian medical facility in Telegana State, where Omonigho was flown to late November, 2014, after his father, Odia, took him out of LASUTH.
After spending about two months at the Apollo Hospitals, Omonigho returned to Nigeria on Thursday. The treatment of the undisclosed infection was said to have lasted over one month.
Omonigho’s scalp had been covered up by the doctors but Odia said his son would return to India in June 2015, for a micro surgery.
This was  learnt on Friday during a visit to the Abrahams in their Akesan Estate residence in Igando area of Lagos.
It was reported that Omonigho was riding a bicycle with his brothers-Bobby and Osemidiamen-when they were attacked by the two dogs owned by their landlord.The PUNCH had reported that while the older brothers jumped down from the balcony of their one storey apartment, the victim was ravaged by the dogs, which tore his scalp.
Neighbours and policemen were reported to have stood at the gate, helpless, until the victim’s mother arrived at the scene.
It was reported that the crowd persuaded her not to go in, but she was spurred to move in after seeing one of the dogs emerge from the balcony with blood in its mouth.Helen reportedly fought off the dogs single handedly and rescued her son while the crowd assisted in taking him to the hospital.
The victim was taken to LASUTH and the State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, ordered the management not to collect money from the family.
However, the victim’s father, Odia, had a running battle with the hospital management, which he said still charged him for drugs and other medications.
Odia later raised the alarm that his son’s condition had worsened as a result of neglect by the hospital.
The Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, intervened and together with a non-governmental organisation, Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care, a trip to India was arranged for Omonigho to undergo a surgery.
The Lagos State Commissioner, Jide Idris, in a press release cautioned against the trip, saying the victim’s condition was delicate.
Idris alleged that the victim’s father declined the state government’s offer for Omonigho to be flown to another specialist hospital in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Odia, however, insisted that his son’s head had started to rot and that the Indian trip had been concluded before the state government gave him the Dubai offer.
Odia said the Indian doctors thrashed the medical report LASUTH issued to them, which he said was termed as “mere paper.”
He said, “They said the report did not give them any information and couldn’t have been written by a doctor. They said it was good I quickly brought my son because his head was getting rotten and had been infected while at the hospital. The doctors told me they could not start with the surgery because they had to treat the infections first.
“You remember I cried out that my son’s head smelled, but the LASUTH people said it was granulation. I had always suspected things were wrong because at LASUTH, the nurses would open his head for dressing at 6am and leave it open for the doctors, who would not show up till 12pm. And when they did, they would ask the nurses to close it up. I remembered that no doctor showed up for two weeks during a particular time. That was when I got mad because his condition was becoming critical.
“But in India, they dressed his wound three times a day, and at least five special senior doctors attended to him every day.”
A medical document of the hospital which confirmed that Omonigho’s head was infected read,  “At the time of admission, there was: large raw area over scalp with infection; the raw area was extending from frontal scalp, bilateral parietal scalp to occipital region; the raw area was looking pale and slimy; Infection+.
“Dr. Durga Prassad, consultant paediatrician, was consulted for evaluation of medical problems. He (Omonigho) was diagnosed as a case of infected raw area over scalp.”
Odia said the doctors told the family they needed to do skin grafting to temporarily cover up the wound before the major operation would be done after his return to India in June.

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I sacrificed my ambition for Buhari - Tinubu

Why I Sacrificed My Presidential Ambition For Buhari –Tinubu
A former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Friday said he sacrificed his presidential ambition for the All Progressives Congress candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari.
Tinubu stated this while addressing a crowd of APC supporters at the party’s presidential rally in Lagos.
He said Nigeria was facing an economic crisis and an internal war and needed a person with Buhari’s experience because of the General’s reputation of anti-corruption and military warfare.
Tinubu said, “People define patriotism as putting the country first but this is what the ‘Poverty Development Party’ refuses to understand. We chose Buhari not because Bola Tinubu is not interested in the Presidency. I am capable, competent, qualified, younger and richer but there comes a time that people must make sacrifices for their nation.
“I prayed that Nigeria would get better and we would not need a man like him (Buhari). But today, we are in a great crisis; we face a lot of challenges. When South Africa was in a great dilemma and was about to disintegrate, they called Nelson Mandela of 74 years old.
“He used his wisdom to save his country. When the United States was in economic depression, they called 73-year-old Ronald Reagan because he was frugal and incorruptible.
“When America was faced with depression and war, they called a retired General, Dwight Eisenhower, to rescue the country and the country was returned on a path of success. “When France was faced with war and economic depression, they called a retired General, Charles De Gaul, to rescue the country.
Tinubu added that whether Buhari presented a certificate or not, he was still qualified to rule the country.
“So what do we need now? Buhari. This is the time for us. General Buhari, whether you are qualified or not qualified, we are calling you to come and rescue us in Nigeria,” he said.
Also speaking at the rally, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said President Goodluck Jonathan had done nothing for the people of the state despite the fact that the President got over 1.2 million votes from the state in 2011.
He said every project that the Federal Government was supposed to have assisted Lagos in executing had been frustrated by the Jonathan administration.
He, therefore, asked the people of the state to vote for the APC at all levels.
Buhari, who was the last person to speak at the rally, said the failure of the PDP-led Federal Government was unprecedented in the history of Nigeria.
Buhari said, “We all know what we have gone through in the past 16 years under the PDP. The APC has identified three core problems that must be tackled immediately. First is insecurity, two is the destruction of the economy and three is corruption.
“But whatever we have to do, we will have to secure Nigeria first. What is happening in the North-East where hundreds of people are being killed is unacceptable. We known that the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Army are capable of bringing peace and stability into the country but they just need good leadership.”
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Atiku commissions two manufacturing plants

Shows the way to end farmers, cattle rearers’ clashes 
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar yesterday commissioned two manufacturing plants – an ultra-modern animal feed factory in Yola, capital of Adamawa State, and the second phase of Adama Beverages Limited (ABL) the makers of Faro Water.
While the animal feed factory is directed at supporting the production of animal feed in the country, the expansion of the ABL will produce 12,000 bottles of table water per hour thereby doubling its current production levels.
According to the former vice-president, the establishment of the animal feeds factory is a realisation of his long time ambition of making a massive investment in agriculture to support farmers and create additional jobs for Nigerians.
Atiku noted that the dream of establishing the factory was sequel to his visit to Portugal in 2012 where he saw advancement in animal feed production and the opportunities the establishment of a similar factory will bring to farmers in the North-East of Nigeria and other neighbouring countries.
While speaking at the commissioning of the factory on Saturday, Atiku said: “The idea to establish this factory was formed in the year 2012 when I visited Lisbon, Portugal. During the visit, we were encouraged to inspect large, medium and small scale mechanized farms as well as animal feeds factories.
 
That visit renewed my interest in farming, an interest that has been with me since childhood. Indeed in 1985, l took the bull by the horn, well literally, and went into large scale farming. I established the Gese Dardirabe Farms. We also went into mechanized farming by procuring farming implements such as tractors, planters, harvesters, chemical, and sprayers and so on.
 
Unfortunately, the economic policies of the government were so unfavourable that most large- scale farmers, including myself, had to abandon the noble profession.
 
Today, I am pleased to see through the coming of this ultra-modern factory for animal feeds. As you must have heard from my technical partners, the factory will produce 20 metric tonnes of cattle feeds, Goat and Sheep feeds, Poultry feeds and later feeds for other categories of animal per hour.
 
Thus, we believe will meet the growing demand of the animal production sector of our economy, especially from Adamawa and other catchment areas, including neighbouring countries.
Atiku said he believed the availability of animals feeds in the country will reduce the frequency farmers-cattle rearers clashes  over farmland intrusions.
Locating the factory in Yola will also enable our farmers enjoy easy access to quality and yet very affordable animal feeds at their doorsteps. Apart from jobs created in Yola, it is my hope that the factory will also inspire our teaming youths to go into animal husbandry. I have directed that a large part of my farming land be made available to farmers to produce maize and other grains that the factory can easily absorb,” Atiku told the crowd at the ceremony.



Frances Bean Cobain and Courtney Love at Sundance (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Frances Bean Cobain and Courtney Love at Sundance (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
After years of conflicting statements and denials, Courtney Love made a shocking admission in the new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. The film about the late Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain screened for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival, and in it, Love is shown making a confession about a past transgression.
More than 20 years ago, rumor spread that Love, now 50, was using heroin while pregnant with her and then-husband Cobain's only child. Following an infamousVanity Fair profil eof Love, there was even speculation that their child, daughter Frances Bean Cobain, was born addicted to heroin.
Though she quickly denied the claims at the time, Love admits in Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck that she did, in fact, use heroin at one point while pregnant.
"I used it once then stopped,"she says in the documentary of her heroin usage during pregnancy. "I knew she would be fine."
Frances Bean, now a 22-year-old artist, stood by her mother's side at the film's premiere this past weekend, despite their at-times volatile relationship. The brunette stunner was seen hugging and cozying up to Love as they posed for photos on the Sundance red carpet.
Frances Bean Cobain and Courtney Love at Sundance (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) After years of conflicting statements and denials,Courtney Love made a shocking admission in the new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. The film about the late Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain screened for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival, and in it, Love is shown making a confession about a past transgression.
Courtney Love and the late Kurt Cobain are the parents of Frances Bean Cobain. They married in 1992.
Love's new admission stands in contrast to earlier words from the Hole musician. In 2011, she said in an interview with The Fix that she was still using heroin in the early stages of her pregnancy, when she was not yet aware that she was expecting a child.
"I used heroin in the first three weeks of my pregnancy -- but so f--king what!?" she told the publication. "I didn’t even know I was pregnant at the time! I also took a few puffs on a cigarette when my belly was out to here, but most of those nine months, I walked around with nicotine patches all over my body. When you have a baby inside you, you’re not going to do drugs or something stupid."
In addition to Love's confession, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck offers a rare look into Love and Cobain's private life before the iconic musician's untimely death in 1994 at the age of 27. Director Brett Morgen spoke to Us Weekly about the movie and how he got the access that he did.
"It was kind of like a domino thing, you know what I mean?" the filmmaker told Us. "It was like, first Courtney was involved. Then Frances became involved -- Frances Bean is really... that's why we're all here. This movie is for her. That's really what this movie is all about. Once Frances was on board, and Frances and I shared the exact same vision about what this film should be, everybody came on board. I think we all felt, me personally, as well as the others, Dave [Foster] and Krist [Novoselic] and everyone involved with Nirvana, [we] wanted to do this for Frances. And so it is a real honor for us to be here."
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