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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Blac Chyna sues the whole Kardashian family ending her reality show with Rob Kardashian



Blac Chyna sues the whole Kardashian family ending her reality show with Rob Kardashian
I ain't saying she's a gold digger, but she's ...lol. Read the full story below...
Blac Chyna is now suing the entire Kardashian family saying they were responsible for putting the kibosh on her reality show with Rob, costing her a fortune -- but E! sources are saying that's BS, and there are emails that prove it.
Chyna claims the Kardashians interfered with the shooting of "Rob & Chyna" to the point E! network pulled the plug, claiming production was impossible. In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Chyna says the network, the production company and the stars of the show -- herself and Rob -- were all on board to shoot a 2nd season. 
According to the suit, the Kardashians used their "power and influence over the E! network to kill the second season." However, our network sources say the couple split at the beginning of the show's first season, so a second was doubtful from the beginning.
However, sources connected to the network tell us they have documentation showing the reason the show was not picked up is because Chyna was making it impossible -- she refused to be in the same room as Rob ... so there would be no plausible way to shoot another season.
We're also told E! was unhappy with anemic ratings.
Chyna is also suing the family for battery over her claims Rob brutalized during an April domestic violence incident. In the suit, she says Rob grabbed her phone, knocked her to the ground ... and she ended up calling their son King's nanny for help. She claims Rob flipped out and tore her bedroom door off at the hinges.
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President Buhari pledges support for development of Niger Delta, signs the University of Petroleum Resources Bill



President Buhari pledges support for development of Niger Delta, signs the University of Petroleum Resources Bill

President Buhari today in Abuja pledged continued support for the socio-economic development of the Niger Delta region. Giving the assurance at a brief ceremony in the State House to sign the bill establishing the University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State, into law, the President said “this administration is fully committed to supporting the Niger Delta in its endeavours to achieve socio-economic development.”
He appealed to all communities in the region to strive for peace through dialogue in resolving all conflicts not only among them, but also with business entities and the authorities.
With the signing of the bill into law, the path has been cleared for the establishment of the specialised university in the Niger Delta, charged with training and research in petroleum technologies.
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cuteness overload! John Legend shares adorable photo with baby Luna





cuteness overload! John Legend shares adorable photo with baby Luna
 She's cute!
cuteness overload! John Legend shares adorable photo with baby Luna
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Beauty queen, Ijeoma Okafor Maryann. gets engaged to young pastor! See photos from her engagement



Beauty queen, Ijeoma Okafor Maryann. gets engaged to young pastor! See photos from her engagement

Pretty Ijeoma Okafor Maryann who is the reigning Face Of Nigeria World, recently got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Julius Ekweozor, who is the General Overseer Of Charismatic Restoration City. While Julius is from Awka North LGA of Anambra, Ijeoma is from Agwu LGA of Enugu state. Congrats to them! 
Beauty queen, Ijeoma Okafor Maryann. gets engaged to young pastor! See photos from her engagement
Beauty queen, Ijeoma Okafor Maryann. gets engaged to young pastor! See photos from her engagement
Beauty queen, Ijeoma Okafor Maryann. gets engaged to young pastor! See photos from her engagement
Beauty queen, Ijeoma Okafor Maryann. gets engaged to young pastor! See photos from her engagement
Beauty queen, Ijeoma Okafor Maryann. gets engaged to young pastor! See photos from her engagement

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Photos: American Ambassador to Nigeria visits Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha, says US government is proud of him




Photos: American Ambassador to Nigeria visits Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha, says US government is proud of him
Days after South African president, Jacob Zuma, paid him a two-day visit, the American ambassador to Nigeria, William Stuart Symington, today paid Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, a courtesy visit at the state government house in Owerri, the state capital.  Symington told Governor Okorocha that having heard so much about you, the US government decided to visit and see for themselves his exploits in uniting Africa through investment in education as exemplified by his Rochas Foundation College of Africa.
'The American government is proud of you, American people are happy with you and together we will support this dream' the ambassador told Gov Rochas Okorocha
Photos: American Ambassador to Nigeria visits Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha, says US government is proud of him
Photos: American Ambassador to Nigeria visits Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha, says US government is proud of him
Photos: American Ambassador to Nigeria visits Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha, says US government is proud of him
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One of the Ibru sons gets engaged to his girlfriend. Anyone know his name? (photos)

One of the Ibru sons gets engaged to his girlfriend. Anyone know his name? (photos)
The boy is an Ibru son but we don't know his name...and no, we don't know the lady's name either. Please feel free to let us know who they are. Congrats to them!

One of the Ibru sons gets engaged to his girlfriend. Anyone know his name? (photos)
One of the Ibru sons gets engaged to his girlfriend. Anyone know his name? (photos)
One of the Ibru sons gets engaged to his girlfriend. Anyone know his name? (photos)
One of the Ibru sons gets engaged to his girlfriend. Anyone know his name? (photos)

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Update: SARS officials accused of sexually harassing lady in Kwara have been identified and are now in custody!





Update: SARS officials accused of sexually harassing lady in Kwara have been identified and are now in custody!

The Commissioner for Police in Kwara state has identified the SARS officers accused of sexually assaulting a young lady few days ago. All erring officers have been identified and are now in custody. Great news! Read the tweet below...

Update: SARS officials accused of sexually harassing lady in Kwara have been identified and are now in custody!
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Omojuwa to Gov. Okorocha: You should have just ignored, instead of lying that your response was photoshopped

Omojuwa to Gov. Okorocha: You should have just ignored, instead of lying that your response was photoshopped. read  his tweet below:



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The first lawyer from Ogoni land, Sen. Cyrus Nunieh, 93, ties the knot with his fiancée, Rosemary Ijeoma, in Rivers State

The first lawyer from Ogoni land, Sen. Cyrus Nunieh, 93, ties the knot with his fiancée, Rosemary Ijeoma, in Rivers State. view the photos below: GOD bless their union.


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Policeman who assaulted his wife’s lover, arrested, as victim’s dad dies of shock



Sequel to the Petition and Complains of brazen abuse of power, criminal abduction, assault and battery filed by Nigerian lawyer, Jefferson Uwoghiren, Mr Nagbama Osakpamwan Eboigbe (pictured top right), Sergeant with Edo State Special Anti Robbery Squad has been arrested.
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Other officers who assisted him to falsely imprison Ese Idehen are also said to be in trouble.
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Meanwhile, the father of the victim just died today, after developing High Blood Pressure upon seeing the viral video of his son being brutalized. The retired soldier was said to have been rushed to Uniben Teaching Hospital where he died.
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Woman kills her stepdaughter, buries her at home, scalds husband with hot water



Zambian police in Chisamba district have arrested a sales lady for allegedly murdering her eight-year-old step daughter whom she later buried four meters from the entrance of her house.
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Charity Banda is further alleged to have poured hot water on her husband, who is a truck driver, for insisting on taking her to the police in connection to his missing child.
Central province police commissioner, Lillian Lombe Kamukoshi, said: “She led the police to where the remains of female juvenile Musola Chansa who was killed at the age of eight on 7th December 2016, was buried in a rubbish pit in a sack after burning the body.
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Scene of crime has been processed and exhumation and postmortem conducted by Dr Mumba of Kabwe. The bones revealed a perforated (broken) skull.”
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Meanwhile Police Spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo stated that Banda admitted killing her step daughter. She said: “The accused person was initially picked for pouring hot water on her husband whilst he was asleep and he is admitted to UTH.
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All started when the husband came to check on the family and inquired about his daughter whom he had not seen since December, 2016. The accused person who was a step mother to the girl claimed to have taken the girl to a boarding school.
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Whenever the husband visited, she pretended the girl was in school. The accused only revealed, after she was apprehended, that she killed her step daughter by hitting her head against the wall.
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She is detained in Police custody charged with murder and will soon be slapped with another charge after police officers establish the gravity of injuries suffered by the husband.”
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My alleged response to social commenter, Omojuwa’s tweet, was photoshopped- Gov. Okorocha

My alleged response to social commenter, Omojuwa’s tweet, was photoshopped- Gov. Okorocha. read his tweet here:



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S. African singer, Brickz, bags 15 yrs in jail for rape, after his wife helped victim sue him


Kwaito star Sipho ‘Brickz’ Ndlovu was slapped with a 15-year sentence in the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
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The Sweetie My Baby hitmaker was found guilty of raping his then 16-year-old relative at his home in Ruimsig in 2013. His wife, Nqobile, assisted the victim to open the charge against her husband.

The victim said she wanted to end her life as a result of the trauma and became fearful of the musician. The teenager had lost her parent and had moved in with the Uncle who turned out to be her rapist.
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Lady damages her neighbor’s generator over his refusal to pay light bill

Lady damages her neighbor’s generator over his refusal to pay light bill. check out her tweet here. she should be arrested for perfecting this crime.


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Man, 50, rapes 3-yr-old girl to death in Katsina



The Police in Katsina have arrested one Abdullahi Sani of Jabiri area, for allegedly raping a three-year-old girl to death.
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The police spokesman in the state, DSP Gambo Isah, in a statement on Monday, said Sani was arrested on October, 12. Sani allegedly lured the toddler to an uncompleted building and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.
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The little girl was said to have sustained serious injuries from the act and was rushed to Funtua General hospital where she died the following day. Sani was said to have confessed to the crime.
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New photo of Billionaire businessman Mohammed Indimi posing with all his grandchildren in Spain





New photo of Billionaire businessman Mohammed Indimi posing with all his grandchildren in Spain
The newly released portrait was taken in Spain during his birthday getaway recently! 
New photo of Billionaire businessman Mohammed Indimi posing with all his grandchildren in Spain
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Kerry Washington is simple and natural as she features on Allure Magazine's November issue




Kerry Washington is simple and natural as she features on Allure Magazine
Scandal star Kerry Washington is the cover girl for Allure Magazine's october issue.
The actress went natural for the shoot, from her hair down to her make-up free face. Speaking to the magazine, 40-year-old mother-of-two said she chose to become more natural since she had kids because she wants to inspire them to love themselves as they are.
"I like to wear my natural texture, especially now because I have children and I want them to know that their hair is perfect as it is. They don’t have to change it or straighten it. They can, but they don’t have to," Kerry said.
Kerry Washington is simple and natural as she features on Allure Magazine
She also spoke about politics, her beauty routine, her Scandal character Olivia Pope's future and how she feels about the internet.
She said: "I have to dip in and dip out (of the internet), because it suffocates me. Like, I become unable to function. So it’s a tricky balance between staying aware and also staying connected to a sense of hope and productivity and showing up for life."
Kerry Washington is simple and natural as she features on Allure Magazine
Scandal, the series where Kerry Washington plays the lead character Olivia Pope, is in its final season. For some of last season, Washington was pregnant but she continued filming her role as Pope who was not pregnant. Washington spoke of how they were able to manage that.
She said: "I wore a lot of capes and big coats. And then when they would shoot me, I would be carrying really big Prada bags and standing behind chairs and desks and stuff. They really had it down to a science. There are episodes where you might be asking, Why is she standing behind that bouquet of flowers? So that’s why."
Kerry Washington is simple and natural as she features on Allure Magazine
Kerry Washington is simple and natural as she features on Allure Magazine
Kerry Washington is simple and natural as she features on Allure Magazine
Kerry Washington is simple and natural as she features on Allure Magazine
Kerry Washington is simple and natural as she features on Allure Magazine
Kerry Washington is simple and natural as she features on Allure Magazine
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Ali Baba shares profound quote on greatness





Ali Baba shares profound quote on greatness

Well said...
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Leicester City sack manager, Craig Shakespeare


Leicester City sack manager, Craig Shakespeare
Leicester City Football Club has parted ways with its first team manager, Craig Shakespeare.

According to the club, Michael Appleton will be in charge of the First Team as Caretaker Manager for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Swansea City, supported by First Team Coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler.  

Leicester City Vice Chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “Craig has been a great servant to Leicester City during his spells as an Assistant Manager and since taking over as Manager in challenging circumstances in February. His dedication to the Club and to his work has been absolute and the contribution he made to the most successful period in Leicester City history is considerable. However, our early promise under Craig’s management has not been consistently evident in the months since and the Board feels that, regrettably, a change is necessary to keep the Club moving forward consistent with the long-term expectations of our supporters, Board and owners". 

He continued to say, “Craig is and will remain a very popular, respected figure at Leicester City and will be welcome back at King Power Stadium in future, both professionally and as a friend of the Club.”  

The Club will now begin the process of identifying and appointing its next First Team Manager and will make no further comment on the process until the appropriate time.
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"I wonder how workers feed their families, pay rents and school fees for their children' President Buhari speaks on unpaid salaries


"I wonder how workers feed their families, pay rents and school fees for their children

President Buhari has expressed concern on the growing complaints and agitations by workers in states over unpaid salaries and allowances, in spite of interventions by the Federal Government. 

Receiving a group of governors led by the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Abdul’Aziz Abubakar Yari, at the State House in Abuja today, President Buhari said the plight of workers in the states need urgent attention as many could barely survive.
“How can anyone go to bed and sleep soundly when workers have not been paid their salaries for months. I actually wonder how the workers feed their families, pay their rents and even pay school fees for their children,’’ he said.
The President told the governors that two out of the three-pronged focus of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to secure the country and fight corruption had received some commendable reviews by the people, noting that the challenge in payment of salaries in states had taken a toll on the people.
“God has been merciful in hearing the prayers of his servants so the rainy season has been good, you can ask the Kebbi State governor on this, and our enormous food importation bill has gone down.’’
President Buhari said the Federal Government and state executives would need to work closer together to ameliorate the situation of workers across the country. He said he had instructed all government agencies to comply with the Treasury Single Account (TSA) in order to ensure more transparency and prudence in accounting for the revenues of the government and the sharing of entitlements with states.
In his remark, the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum said the various interventions by the Federal Government, which include the bailouts, were judiciously utilized by the states, stressing that the governors inherited backlog of unpaid salaries and huge debts portfolios on assumption of office.
“We are concerned with the situation in our states, and we are trying our best to manage the resources,’’ he said
Yari noted that the bailout funds, and part of the fallout from the London-Paris Club that had been received by the states, were properly expended to alleviate the plight of workers, but more had to be done. The NGF chairman commended the efforts of the President in improving the economy, assuring that the states would continue working with the Federal Government to improve the livelihood of workers and all Nigerians.
Governors of Ondo, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kwara, Akwa Ibom and the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State were part of the visit to the President.
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Toke Makinwa strikes a pose with her over 1.3m naira Gucci Lilith leather top handle bag





Toke Makinwa strikes a pose with her over 1.3m naira Gucci Lilith leather top handle bag
Media personality/author Toke Makinwa pictured with her new Gucci Lilith leather top handle bag - which costs $3,700. 
Toke Makinwa strikes a pose with her over 1.3m naira Gucci Lilith leather top handle bag
Toke Makinwa strikes a pose with her over 1.3m naira Gucci Lilith leather top handle bag
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Photo: Gunmen abduct Kogi Poly student at gunpoint, demand N10m ransom

Photo: Gunmen abduct Kogi Poly student at gunpoint, demand N10m ransom
Gunmen have abducted Adetutu Adebanjo, a student of the Kogi State Polytechnic and are demanding N10 million ransom for her release.
According to a statement issued on Monday and signed by Mr Salihu Lukman, Director of The National Association of Kogi Students (NAKOSS) the HND 1 student was kidnapped last Friday at Itakpe junction, on Lokoja-Okene road on her way to Ogun State.
It was gathered that the suspected kidnappers stopped the commercial bus she was travelling in when the abductors stopped the vehicle at gunpoint and abducted her.

Photo: Gunmen abduct Kogi Poly student at gunpoint, demand N10m ransom
Mr Lukman, said that the abductors had reduced the ransom to N500,000 after negotiations.
“As I speak to you, negotiations are still on going. Today makes it the 4th day now and the poor mother of Adetutu who happens to be a widow can’t afford the ransom. We are pleading with the government and the public to come to the aid of this poor student so that we can secure her release,” the statement said.
The spokesperson for Kogi State Police Command, ASP William Aya who confirmed the development, said that the police was working hard to rescue the student, adding that the command had already deployed a special squad which was on the trail of the kidnappers.
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Abducted brother of Daisy Danjuma regains freedom

Abducted brother of Daisy Danjuma regains freedom

Dr. Andy Ehanire, the brother of Daisy Danjuma and Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who was abducted by gunmen has regained his freedom.
The spokesperson for Edo State Police Command, DSP Moses Nkombe, who confirmed the development last Sunday, said that constant change in locations delayed the quick release of Ehanire.
"Each time we have them on radar, they will change location but we were working on them and finally he was released yesterday (Saturday) at about 22:30hrs.”
Ehanire, the Chief Executive Officer of Ogba Zoo and Nature Park in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, was abducted on September 24. The gunmen killed three policemen attached to the leisure park during the operation.
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Twitter stories: Lady narrates how a girl lost her bf and 700k school fees after she borrowed it to her bf to throw a party for her on her birthday




Twitter stories: Lady narrates how a girl lost her bf and 700k school fees after she borrowed it to her bf to throw a party for her on her birthday

A Twitter user has narrated how a girl lost her boyfriend and her 700k school fees after she borrowed it to her boyfriend to throw a birthday party. 
The guy had earlier promised to give her back the money but unfortunately for her, the guy left her without paying her back.
Twitter stories: Lady narrates how a girl lost her bf and 700k school fees after she borrowed it to her bf to throw a party for her on her birthday
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Newly released OJ Simpson party with multiple white women in Vegas (photo)




Newly released OJ Simpson party with multiple white women in Vegas (photo)
O.J. got out of prison on Oct. 1, 2017 after serving 9 years of a 33 year prison after being charged with the felonies of armed robbery and kidnapping. 

Since he came out of prison, the 70 year old is back to enjoying himself. He was pictured with at least three white women in a bar in Las Vegas over the weekend. 

Newly released OJ Simpson party with multiple white women in Vegas (photo)

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Okorocha and Jacob Zuma’s statue by Reuben Abati


Okorocha and Jacob Zuma?s statue by Reuben Abati
Read his article below...
What is it about South African President Jacob Zuma and statues? Two statues in one month- generating controversy from the streets of Pretoria to the streets of Owerri in Nigeria. In the first week of October, a 30-feet monument was unveiled in honour of President Zuma in the North West region of his country. South Africans had opposed the idea of the statue since it was first proposed in February 2017. When it was eventually unveiled, and labeled a monument, the attendant outrage was bitter and loud because it was actually a glorification of Zuma, disguised as a tourist project to preserve the site where Zuma and 45 others were arrested by the apartheid police as they travelled out of the country for military training in 1963.

The Premier, Supra Mahumapelo who commissioned the statue was accused of bad governance and insensitivity. The Zuma statue at Groot Marico has a borehole attached to it, whereas there is no potable water in the city in which it is located. Aggrieved South Africans recommended that the Statue should be pulled down, with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)and the Democratic Alliance (DA) offering to take the lead. Jacob Zuma is not one of Africa’s most loved leaders despite his having won election twice and leading one of Africa’s most historic political parties; the African National Congress. His Presidency has been scandal-ridden, from allegations of abuse of office to a personal life characterized by much burlesque. The biggest threat to state reconstruction in Africa has been the ego and misconduct of African leaders. Compared to those he succeeded as South African President, it is hard at this point to imagine Jacob Zuma’s eventual place in South African history.

This is the same man that Rochas Anayo Okorocha, the Governor of Imo State in Nigeria has chosen to honour. In the course of a just concluded two-day visit to Imo state, Nigeria, Zuma received the state’s highest honour, a traditional chieftaincy title- Ochiaga (Great Warrior), a street named Jacob Zuma Road, and wait for it- a life-sizedstatue! Governor Okorocha may not be able to convince anyone that he is not aware of the controversy over the Zuma statue in North West South Africa, and yet another piece of artthat showed Zuma scantily-clad.The Premier of North West South Africa, actually wanted a life-size statue of Zuma in bronze, but public objection compelled him to rename the project a monument, but it remains a statue because the only man it celebrates is Zuma, whose obelisk is projected skywards over 6 metres.

Okorocha probably decided to embark on his own project in Nigeria to tell the anti-Zuma South African crowd that if they do not appreciate Zuma, he would be celebrated abroad; after all a prophet has no honour in his own home. The monument in Groot Marico is reportedly a R1.8m bronze structure; the one in Owerri, Nigeria is a N520 million bronze statue, both standing at over 25 metres! President Zuma could not get exactly what he wanted in South Africa, a sculptural piece that was meant to show him in his full height and majesty. He now has it in Nigeria, even if the imbecilic artist did a bad job. Standing in front of that towering Owerri statue, Jacob Zuma must have indeed felt like a giant. In his mind, he must have like Ozymandias said to himself: “I am a god! Go and tell them on the streets of South Africa!”

But his compatriots back in South Africa are not impressed, except may be the compromised South African Presidency which enthusiastically celebrated the deification of Jacob Zuma in a corner of Nigeria. Nigerians and the people of Imo State are unimpressed too. The Owerri statue has only achieved the effect of focusing attention afresh on the shortcomings of the two men at the centre of the drama: President Zuma and Governor Okorocha. “Instead of a statue”, wrote one South African, “Nigeria can keep the real thing”. Well, we don’t needyour President. We have our own and nobody has erected a giant statue of his. Another South African wrote: “It’s only fair that Nigeria built a statue of Zuma. After all, under his leadership, we took in a million of their citizens”.

Point of correction, sir: Governor Okorocha, not Nigeria, built the statue with public funds. You “took in a million Nigerians?” Or South Africans killed hundreds of Nigerians due to xenophobia? Your statement is actually part of the reason Nigerians are angry: why honour a man under whose watch South Africans are killing Nigerians in South Africa? If you must know, like your Premier of the North West, Governor Okorocha hasbeen accused of wasting public funds on a statue of the South African President when Imo state teachers and pensioners are being owed salaries and arrears for months. To worsen matters, Governor Okorocha is setting up in Owerri, the equivalent of a political Jurassic park. Alongside Zuma’s statue are other statues, draped in national colours of Nigeria and other African countries. My personal worry is that when those other statues are unveiled, we may just discover that Governor Okorocha has included in this emerging park, statues of himself and his wife! African leaders who erect statues are ever so tempted to erect one or two of their own. Okorocha may even one of these days have a brain wave and erect a bronze statue of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe on Nigerian soil. You have your Zuma. We have our Okorocha.

He has tried to justify the present gaffe but his explanations sound hollow and false:“We in Imo State have chosen to identify with this great leader who meant well for his people…” We? Which we is Okorocha referring to, please? Did the state House of Assembly deliberate over the decision to establish a political Jurassic Park in Owerri? And who discussed and approvedthe honour’s list? We? Is Mr. Okorocha referring to his own sycophantic State Executive Council or the local government staff called traditional rulers who gave Zuma the title of Ochiaga? Many Nigerians in fact believe that Nelson Mandela’s statue would have been preferable, especially as Governor Okorocha praised President Zuma as “a great leader who meant well for his people, who had to toil, struggle and fight for the liberation of his people, not minding the consequences thereafter. This to me is courage. This to me is strength of character…” Who are the brainless speech-writers penning these cliches? Nelson Mandela is the one whom these words best describe. President Zuma is the one the South African system is accusing of Constitutional violations, 783 corruption allegations and wanton abuse of the people.

The Governor in the long run pretended that there was something positive out of the entire show. In a press statement, we are told: “President of South Africa, Mr. Jacob Zuma has said that a South African must not kill a Nigerian and a Nigerian must not kill a South African, adding that the relationship between Nigeria and South Africa should be stronger than any other part, for the sake of the continent of Africa.” Nobody should kill anybody, Nigerian or South African, in the first place.Murder is inexcusable. Xenophobia defeats the goals of African integration. President Zuma is very adept at telling people what they want to hear. What did he do while South Africans killed Nigerians under his watch? How many South Africans have been convicted for promoting xenophobia and taking the laws into their hands? What has President Zuma done in concrete terms to promote bilateral relations and people-to-people diplomacy between our two countries? Governor Okorocha may have been trying to be a good host but to import a bronze statue of President Zuma, which South Africans rejected, and then physically implant him on Nigerian soil is an insult and overkill!

Mr. Okorocha is of course, a master of the overkill. He does everything, good and bad, with the same level of enthusiasm. When he followed President Muhammadu Buhari to the United States in 2015, and got a sideline chance to shake the hands of President Barrack Obama, it became what seemed like the biggest event of his life. Billboards of him and the two Presidents suddenly started popping up all over the state capital with the inscription – “Behold the new faces of change”. How? Please, how does a mere handshake with Obama translate into change in Nigeria? In a particular billboard showing Okorocha and President Obama, he isdescribed as “a true Igbo leader”. The same Okorocha who cannot even say a kind word about his own brothers who are asking for equity and justice for all Igbos?He was also once accused of naming a government building after his own daughter, that daughter’s husband is reportedly a member of the Imo State cabinet. When the Governor turned 55 recently, 27 women representing the 27 local governments in Imo State serenaded him with 27 cakes as gifts. Okorocha obviously has enough cake to last him till he leaves office, but he should be careful because too much sugar is not good for anybody’s health.

This same Okorocha -when journalists asked him to publicly account for the state’s revenue and expenditure since 2011 when he assumed office, he threatened to deal ruthlessly with the journalists and chase them out of Imo State. President Zuma and Governor Okorocha obviously have a lot in common. They both love entertainment. They both think they are smart. They both don’t like criticism. They consider themselves very good politicians. They both like to be celebrated too. On this latter score in an official citation, Okorocha is described hyperbolically as a “Professor of Philanthropy!”

But I must pause a little, here, to say this. I don’t have any personal axe to grind with either President Zuma or Governor Okorocha. I am in fact aware thatOkorocha has been described byNana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana - “Grand Counsellor of Imo State” - as “a gift to humanity”. Of him President Olusegun Obasanjo, Chairman of the Rochas Foundation,has also said: “Rochas does not only love education, he has passion for the education of the underprivileged… I doff my hat for him for his great strides in education.” President Obasanjo made this statement at the 10th graduation ceremony of the Rochas Foundation Colleges. In 1998, Okorocha established the Rochas Foundation to provide free education to the children of the “poorest of the poor”. President Jacob Zuma has a similar Foundation known as The Zuma Foundation. This is what brought the two men together in the first place. President Zuma visited Nigeria to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Zuma Foundation and the Rochas Foundation. He spoke about the need to support the African Child.

Between 2011 and now, the Rochas Foundation has established a total of five colleges – 2 in Imo state, one in Ibadan, one in Jos, and one in Kano. Tagged Project #55555, this free education programme, targeting orphans and the displaced, has reached about 15, 000 children from 55 African countries. The students’ population at the Rochas College in Kano alone is over 500. In the course of his visit to Nigeria, President Zuma interacted with Rochas Foundation students. Both men claim that they are determined to give to the African child, the same privileges and opportunities that they could not have, in the belief that it is better to use one’s achievements to raise the underprivileged. Zuma is a man of little education. Okorocha used to sell second-hand clothes while his mates attended school. He got to where he is by practically hustling through life. On the surface of it, both men can be said to mean well.

But the tragedy of their recent meeting in Nigeria is that nobody believes the nice statements they both made.Africans no longer trust their leaders even when they openly profess good faith. They have learnt to suspect every move that they make. Across Nigeria, it is not surprising that the question is being asked: what is Okorocha’s next game? In South Africa, the same question is being asked of President Zuma. The people are no longer as stupid as African politicians assume. They are tired of being used as stepping-stones. I put myself in their shoes and I share their pain. Let Zuma and Okorocha stay away from funny billboards, the casting of bronze statues and castles of personal glorification. Whenin doubt, let them read Percy Shelley’s sonnet – Ozymandias. Statues will crumble, brought down by the opposition or ruined by the vagaries of weather and the ravages of time. But good deeds will endure and history will speak.

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