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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Obasanjo's daughter-in-law celebrated her hubby on IG 3 days before his mother alleged that she maltreats him

Obasanjo

Taiwo, the mother of Olujowon - the son of former president Obasanjo, alleged in a new interview with The Sun that he has abandoned his matrimonial home as his wife, Tope Adebutu, daughter of billionaire businessman, Kessington Adebutu, maltreats him.
Taiwo Obasanjo unsucessfully tried to stop the wedding last year but it was celebrated in a lavish manner without her attendance. She's now claiming that her son has not been living in his matrimonial home as his wife and mother in-law have subjected him to all manners of humiliation.
However, Tope Adebutu celebrated Olujuwon in a post on her private Instagram page 3 days ago. See below.
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Kourtney Kardashian treats Penelope and North West to lavish shopping trip in New York (Photos)

Kourtney Kardashian treats Penelope and North West to ?lavish shopping trip in New York (Photos)

Over the weekend, Kourtney Kardashian stepped out in style with her daughter Penelope, five, and four-year-old niece North West for a weekend getaway.
The stylish reality star walked hand in hand with Penelope and North who were also stylishly dressed for the girls trip to New York.
During the outing, they visited the high-end jewellers Tifany and Co. and other shops.
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Kourtney Kardashian treats Penelope and North West to ?lavish shopping trip in New York (Photos)Kourtney Kardashian treats Penelope and North West to ?lavish shopping trip in New York (Photos)Kourtney Kardashian treats Penelope and North West to ?lavish shopping trip in New York (Photos)
Kourtney Kardashian treats Penelope and North West to ?lavish shopping trip in New York (Photos)Kourtney Kardashian treats Penelope and North West to ?lavish shopping trip in New York (Photos)

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Nobel laureate and political prisoner, Liu Xiaobo dies in Chinese custody

Nobel laureate and political prisoner, Liu Xiaobo dies in Chinese custody



China is facing a ton of international criticism for its treatment of Nobel laureate and democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo, who died at the age of 61 on Thursday February 1.  

Liu, who championed non-violent resistance as a way of overcoming “forceful tyranny”, had been serving an 11-year jail sentence for demanding an end to one-party rule when he was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer in May.

He died of multiple organ failure while under guard at a hospital in north-east China, making him the first Nobel peace prize winner to die in custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky, the 1935 recipient, who died under surveillance after years confined to Nazi concentration camps.

News of Liu’s death sparked an immediate outpouring of international mourning and condemnation. His peaceful activism and biting criticism of one-party rule meant he had spent almost a quarter of his life behind bars. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, paid tribute to “a courageous fighter for civil rights and freedom of opinion”.  

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, said he mourned the loss of a man who had dedicated “his life to the betterment of his country and humankind, and to the pursuit of justice and liberty”. The leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the prize, said the Chinese government – which had stopped Liu travelling abroad for treatment despite appeals from world leaders – bore “a heavy responsibility for his premature death”.  “We find it deeply disturbing that Liu Xiaobo was not transferred to a facility where he could receive adequate medical treatment before he became terminally ill,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen.  

The British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, said he was deeply saddened by the “huge loss” of the “lifelong campaigner for democracy, human rights and peace” and attacked Beijing for denying Liu and his family the chance to seek medical treatment overseas.
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Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, says FG has created millions of jobs

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, says FG has created millions of jobs



Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, says the Federal Government has created millions of jobs through its various programmes cutting across many sectors. Speaking at the 6th Graduation Ceremony of the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI), founded by former Rivers First Lady, Dame Judith Amaechi, in Port Harcourt on Saturday, the Minister said over 7 million jobs have been created in the agriculture sector alone.
''In Agriculture, for example, this Administration has created over 7 million jobs. When the Administration assumed office in May 2015, about 5 million farmers were engaged in rice production. Thanks to the Administration's Anchor Borrowers Programme, the number of farmers engaged in rice production today stands at 12.2 million. These are verifiable facts, not fiction,'' he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said 69,736 jobs have been created in the Power, Works and Housing Sector, while the Administration's National Social Investment Programmes have created at least 200,000 jobs, in addition to empowering 500,000 others under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).
''The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has created 69,736 jobs (direct and indirect) across the country. The Power Sector
projects created 1,740 jobs, the Works Sector created 38,391 jobs while the Housing Sector created 29,605 jobs,'' he said.
The Minister also said the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, through which 6.4 million school children in 33,981 schools across 20 states are being fed with one meal a day, has created jobs for 61,352 cooks.
He commended Dame Amaechi for establishing the ESI programme, which is an entrepreneurial and skills acquisition programme for youths and women of the Niger Delta, saying such programmes complement the Federal Government's efforts to provide jobs for the citizens.
''National development is not just the duty of the government, but that of the citizens. In other words, all of us, as citizens, have a role to play in ensuring the development of our nation. This has been amply demonstrated by Dame Judith Amaechi in setting up this Empowerment Support Initiative,'' Alhaji Mohammed said.
He charged the graduands fo make the best use of the opportunities that the ESI programme has given them, saying that is the best way they can justify the efforts of the ESI founder.
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IBB tells President Buhari to step down in 2019 in bombshell open statement

IBB tells President Buhari to step down in 2019 in bombshell open statement

Weeks after ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo wrote an open letter to President Buhari not to contest in the 2019 general elections, another former President, Ibrahim Babangida has called on Buhari to step down in 2019 to allow a generational shift that would reinvent the wheel of leadership and spur healing in the land.

Babangida in the statement issued on his behalf by his spokesman, Prince Kassim Afegbua particularly lamented the flow of blood in the country saying that it was a thing of irony that the country that himself and other Nigerians fought to keep together is daily being drawn to the seems by the flow of blood across the land.

Babangida also lamented the herdsmen/farmers clashes as he called for the adoption of ranching as a way of stemming the crisis just as he lamented the recycling of analogue leadership as he called for a more youthful and digital leadership to push the country in the comity of nations.

Red the full statement below...

“In the past few months and weeks, I have played host to many concerned Nigerians who have continued to express legitimate and patriotic worry about the state of affairs in the country. Some of them have continued to agonize about the turn of events and expressly worried why we have not gotten our leadership compass right as a country with so much potential and opportunity for all. Some, out of frustration, have elected to interrogate the leadership question and wondered aloud why it has taken this long from independence till date to discover the right model on account of our peculiarities. At 57, we are still a nation in search of the right leadership to contend with the dynamics of a 21st century Nigeria. Having been privileged to preside over this great country, interacted with all categories of persons, dissected all shades of opinions, understudied different ethnic groupings; I can rightfully conclude that our strength lies in our diversity. But exploring and exploiting that diversity as a huge potential has remained a hard nut to crack, not because we have not made efforts, but building a consensus on any national issue often has to go through the incinerator of those diverse ethnic configurations. Opinions in Nigeria are not limited to the borders of the political elite; in fact, every Nigerian no matter how young or old, has an opinion on any national issue. And it is the function of discerning leadership to understand these elemental undercurrents in the discharge of state responsibilities.

WHERE WE ARE.
There is no gainsaying the fact that Nigeria is at a major crossroads at this moment in its history; the choices we are going to make as a nation regarding the leadership question of this country and the vision for our political, economic and religious future will be largely determined by the nature or kind of change that we pursue, the kind of change that we need and the kind of change that we get. A lot depends on our roles both as followers and leaders in our political undertakings. As we proceed to find the right thesis that would resolve the leadership question, we must bear in mind a formula that could engender national development and the undiluted commitment of our leaders to a resurgence of the moral and ethical foundations that brought us to where we are as a pluralistic and multi-ethnic society. Nigeria, before now, has been on the one hand our dear native land, where tribes and tongues may differ but in brotherhood we stand, and on the other hand a nation that continues to struggle with itself and in every way stumbling and willful in its quest to become a modern state, starting from the first republic till date. With our huge investments in the African emancipation movements and the various contributions that were made by our leadership to extricate South Africa from colonial grip, Nigeria became the giant of Africa during that period. But having gone through leadership failures, we no longer possess the sobriety to claim that status. And we all are guilty.

We have experimented with Parliamentary and Presidential systems of government amid military interregnum at various times of our national history. We have made some progress, but not good enough to situate us on the pedestal we so desirously crave for. It is little wonder therefore that we need to deliberately provoke systems and models that will put paid to this recycling leadership experimentation to embrace new generational leadership evolution with the essential attributes of responsive, responsible and proactive leadership configuration to confront the several challenges that we presently face. In 2019 and beyond, we should come to a national consensus that we need new breed leadership with requisite capacity to manage our diversities and jump-start a process of launching the country on the super highway of technology-driven leadership in line with the dynamics of modern governance. It is short of saying enough of this analogue system. Let’s give way for digital leadership orientation with all the trappings of consultative, constructive, communicative, interactive and utility-driven approach where everyone has a role to play in the process of enthroning accountability and transparency in governance. I am particularly enamored that Nigerians are becoming more and more conscious of their rights; and their ability to speak truth to power and interrogate those elected to represent them without fear of arrest and harassment. These are part of the ennobling principles of representative democracy. As citizens in a democracy, it is our civic responsibility to demand accountability and transparency. Our elected leaders owe us that simple but remarkable accountability creed. Whenever we criticize them, it is not that we do not like their guts; it is just that as stakeholders in the political economy of the country, we also carry certain responsibilities. In the past few months also, I have taken time to reflect on a number of issues plaguing the country. I get frightened by their dimensions. I get worried by their colourations. I get perplexed by their gory themes. From Southern Kaduna to Taraba state, from Benue state to Rivers, from Edo state to Zamfara, it has been a theatre of blood with cake of crimson. In Dansadau in Zamfara state recently, North-West of Nigeria, over 200 souls were wasted for no justifiable reason. The pogrom in Benue state has left me wondering if truly this is the same country some of us fought to keep together. I am alarmed by the amount of blood-letting across the land. Nigeria is now being described as a land where blood flows like river, where tears have refused to dry up. Almost on a daily basis, we are both mourning and grieving, and often times left helpless by the sophistication of crimes. The Boko Haram challenge has remained unabated even though there has been commendable effort by government to maximally downgrade them. I will professionally advise that the battle be taken to the inner fortress of Sambisa Forest rather than responding to the insurgents’ ambushes from time to time.

THINKING ALOUD.
In the fullness of our present realities, we need to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari to complete his term of office on May 29th, 2019 and collectively prepare the way for new generation leaders to assume the mantle of leadership of the country. While offering this advice, I speak as a stakeholder, former president, concerned Nigerian and a patriot who desires to see new paradigms in our shared commitment to get this country running. While saying this also, I do not intend to deny President Buhari his inalienable right to vote and be voted for, but there comes a time in the life of a nation, when personal ambition should not override national interest. This is the time for us to reinvent the will and tap into the resourcefulness of the younger generation, stimulate their entrepreneurial initiatives and provoke a conduce environment to grow national economy both at the micro and macro levels. Contemporary leadership has to be proactive and not reactive. It must factor in citizens’ participation. Its language of discourse must be persuasive not agitated and abusive. It must give room for confidence building. It must build consensus and form aggregate opinion on any issue to reflect the wishes of the people across the country. It must gauge the mood of the country at every point in time in order to send the right message. It must share in their aspirations and give them cause to have confidence in the system. Modern leadership is not just about “fighting” corruption, it is about plugging the leakages and building systems that will militate against corruption. Accountability in leadership should flow from copious examples. It goes beyond mere sloganeering. My support for a new breed leadership derives from the understanding that it will show a marked departure from recycled leadership to creating new paradigms that will breathe fresh air into our present polluted leadership actuality. My intervention in the governance process of Nigeria wasn’t an accident of history. Even as a military government, we had a clear-cut policy agenda on what we needed to achieve. We recruited some of the best brains and introduced policies that remain some of the best in our effort to re-engineer our polity and nation. We saw the future of Nigeria but lack of continuity in government and of policies killed some of our intentions and initiatives. Even though we did not provide answers to all the developmental challenges that confronted us as at that time, we were not short of taking decisions whenever the need arose.

GROWING INSECURITY ON OUR HANDS.
The unchecked activities of the herdsmen have continued to raise doubt on the capacity of this government to handle with dispatch, security concerns that continue to threaten our dear nation; suicide bombings, kidnappings, armed banditry, ethnic clashes and other divisive tendencies. We need to bring different actors to the roundtable. Government must generate platform to interact and dialogue on the issues with a view to finding permanent solutions to the crises. The festering nature of this crisis is an inelegant testimony to the sharp divisions and polarizations that exist across the country. For example, this is not the first time herdsmen engage in pastoral nomadism but the anger in the land is suggestive of the absence of mutual love and togetherness that once defined our nationality. We must collectively rise up to the occasion and do something urgently to arrest this drift. If left unchecked, it portends danger to our collective existence as one nation bound by common destiny; and may snowball into another internecine warfare that would not be good for nation-building. We have to reorient the minds of the herdsmen or gun-men to embrace ranching as a new and modern way to herd cattle. We also need to expand the capacity of the Nigeria Police, the Nigeria Army, the Navy and Air Force to provide the necessary security for all. We need to catch up with modern sophistication in crime detection and crime fighting. Due to the peculiarity of our country, we must begin community policing to close the gaps that presently exist in our policing system. We cannot continue to use old methods and expect new results. We just have to constructively engage the people from time to time through platforms that would help them ventilate their opinions and viewpoints.

THE CHANGE MANTRA
When the ruling party campaigned with the change mantra, I had thought they would device new methods, provoke new initiatives and proffer new ways to addressing some of our developmental problems. By now, in line with her manifesto, one would have thought that the APC will give fillip to the idea of devolution of powers and tinker with processes that would strengthen and reform the various sectors of the economy. Like I did state in my previous statement late last year, devolution of power or restructuring is an idea whose time has come if we must be honest with ourselves. We need to critically address the issue and take informed positions based on the expectations of the people on how to make the union work better. Political parties should not exploit this as a decoy to woo voters because election time is here. We need to begin the process of restructuring both in the letter and spirit of it. For example, I still cannot reconcile why my state government would not be allowed to fix the Minna-Suleja road, simply because it is called Federal Government road, or why state governments cannot run their own policing system to support the Federal Police. We are still experiencing huge infrastructural deficit across the country and one had thought the APC-led Federal Government would behave differently from their counterparts in previous administrations. I am hesitant to ask; where is the promised change?

LOOKING AHEAD
At this point of our national history, we must take some rather useful decisions that would lead to real development and promote peaceful co-existence among all the nationalities. We must be unanimous in what we desire for our country; new generation leadership, result-driven leadership, sound political foundation, demonetization of our politics, enhanced internal democracy, elimination of impunity in our politics, inclusiveness in decision-making, and promotion of citizens’ participation in our democratic process. The search for that new breed leadership must start now as we prepare for 2019 election. I get worried when politicians visit to inform me about their aspirations and what you hear in terms of budgetary allocations for electoral contest does not cover voters’ education but very ridiculous sub-heads. A typical aspirant in Nigeria draws up budget to cover INEC, Police, Army and men and officers of the Civil Defense, instead of talking of voters’ education, mobilization and sensitization. Even where benchmarks are set for electoral expenditure, monitoring and compliance are always difficult to adhere to. We truly need to reform the political system. And we must deliberately get fresh hands involved for improved participation. We need new ways and new approaches in our political order. We need a national rebirth. We need a rebranded Nigeria and rebranded politics. It is not so much for the people, but for the institutions that are put in place to promote our political engagements. We must strengthen the one man one vote mantra. It is often ridiculous for me when people use smaller countries in our West Africa sub-region as handy references of how democracy should be. It beggars our giant of Africa status. The next election in 2019 therefore presents us a unique opportunity to reinvent the will and provoke fresh leadership that would immediately begin the process of healing the wounds in the land and ensuring that the wishes and aspirations of the people are realized in building and sustaining national cohesion and consensus. I pray the Almighty Allah grant us the gift of good life to witness that glorious dawn in 2019. Amen. I have not written an open letter to the President, I have just shared my thoughts with fellow compatriots on the need to enthrone younger blood into the mainstream of our political leadership starting from 2019.
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Former BBN housemate, Gifty Powers says her new braids hairstyle was inspired by Kim K

Former BBN housemate, Gifty Powers says her new braids hairstyle was inspired by Kim K

Even though Kim Kardashian caught heat on social media for referring to her Fulani braids hairstyle as 'Bo Derek braids', former Big Brother Nigeria housemate, Gifty was still inspired. She has a similar hairstyle done and credited Mrs West for the look.
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Lol! Which parent is more dramatic?? Here are some of the hilarious responses on Twitter

Lol! Which parent is more dramatic?? Here are some of the hilarious responses on Twitter

A Twitter user asked the question; Which parent is more dramatic, Mum or Dad and you won't believe the hilarious stories people told in response to the question. See some of the responses below

Lol! Which parent is more dramatic?? Here are some of the hilarious responses on Twitter

Lol! Which parent is more dramatic?? Here are some of the hilarious responses on Twitter

Lol! Which parent is more dramatic?? Here are some of the hilarious responses on Twitter

Lol! Which parent is more dramatic?? Here are some of the hilarious responses on Twitter

Lol! Which parent is more dramatic?? Here are some of the hilarious responses on Twitter
Lol! Which parent is more dramatic?? Here are some of the hilarious responses on Twitter

Lol! Which parent is more dramatic?? Here are some of the hilarious responses on Twitter
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Mercy Aigbe looks fierce in new photo

Mercy Aigbe looks fierce in new photo

Actress, Mercy Aigbe shared this fierce new photo on her IG page and captioned it; "Eyes on the prize...?"
Mercy Aigbe looks fierce in new photo
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Bill Gates to attend the wedding of Aliko Dangote’s daughter, Fatima as she marries Jamil, son of former Police IG, MD Abubakar

Bill Gates to attend the wedding of?Aliko Dangote?s daughter, Fatima as she marries Jamil, son of former Police IG, MD Abubakar

A mega wedding, maybe even the mother of all weddings is coming up in March 2018 at the prestigious Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos.

It's the union of Fatima Dangote and Jamil Abubakar.

The wedding of Fatima, the daughter of Africa’s richest billionaire, Aliko Dangote and Jamil, the pilot son of former Inspector General (IG) of Police, MD Abubakar will bring together the high and mighty in Nigeria and from around the world.

According to reports, about five presidents in the world and all the past presidents of Nigeria are billed to attend the weddding as well as world’s renowned billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft boss, Bill Gate, has confirmed his intent to attend the wedding.
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Days after his mum's death, Olamide unveils new look (Photos)

Days after his mum


Nigerian rapper, Olamide who lost his mum last week and went off social media for a few days is back.

He returned today showing off his new look saying, 'nothing lasts forever'. He's scheduled to begin his tour of Europe on February 10, 2018.

Days after his mum
Days after his mum
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Gun to your head, who would you choose as Nigeria's next president from this four?

Gun to your head, who would you choose as Nigeria\

Let's say they are the only options available and you must choose one because there's a gun to your head...who would you pick?
Gun to your head, who would you choose as Nigeria
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Photos: SA IDOLS twin sisters apologises to victims, women of South Africa for siding Nigerian pastor accused of rape and human trafficking

Photos: SA IDOLS twin sisters apologises to victims, women of South Africa for siding Nigerian pastor accused of rape and human trafficking



Twin sisters and former Idols SA contestants, who had backed controversial Nigerian pastor, Evangelist Timothy Omotoso accused of committing a string of crimes, including rape and human trafficking, has turned their backs on him and apologised to the women of South Africa.
Photos: SA IDOLS twin sisters apologises to victims, women of South Africa for siding Nigerian pastor accused of rape and human trafficking
Timothy Omotoso‚ the senior pastor of the Jesus Dominion International Church‚ was arrested on April 20, 2017. He is currently facing multiple charges related to contravention of the Sexual Offences Act‚ is also charged with two counts of rape. His alleged victims included girls as young as 13.
In a joint media statement issued last week, Anele and Neliswa Mxakaza said they were made to believe that the pastor is the closest person to God and they can never have a relationship with God but only through him.
"We wish to send our heartfelt and sincere apologies to all the women of South Africa for we appear to be taking [the pastor's] side when he faced rape and sexual charges. And mostly, we wish to apologise to all the victims [the girls who were allegedly raped]. We know them all and we took them as our blood sisters, but when they came out we were made to turn our backs against them and support the [accused]."
The twins wrote that they were threatened into supporting the pastor and alleged that they were even asked to do newspaper interviews to protect him.
"We have been in this ministry for four years and we have lived in his house in Umhlanga for about a year. It was the worst experience ever ... we were actually pushed to please the man. We were told that God will punish us if we ever say anything against him.
"The elders of the church played a part in making us run away/escape from our homes to stay in [his] house, to serve in his ministry as kids. We were made to believe that [he] is the closest person to God and we can never have a relationship with God but only through him," they alleged.
"The rape allegations were not new to us when he was arrested. It is something that we knew long before he got arrested. The girls would talk immediately after it happened in the house and, when one was called to the upper room, we knew what was going to happen to them. We were made to keep quiet and never say anything. We have hurt our parents by allowing a Nigerian man to rule and ruin our lives," the twins said.
Meanwhile, pastor Omotoso and one of his co accused‚ Zukiswa Sitho‚ appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court last Monday.
Their newly appointed attorney‚ Peter Daubermann‚ told the court he had made new submissions to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions related to the charges all three are facing. The matter was postponed to March 8 for a decision to be made on what the next step would be.
Sitho and the second co-accused Lusanda Solani were arrested by members of the Hawks trafficking in persons unit for allegedly recruiting girls for controversial pastor Omotoso.
It is alleged that the suspects recruited girls‚ all over the country‚ and monitored their movements in the houses where they were being kept.
Solani did not appear in court with them. The trio’s newly appointed attorney‚ Daubermann‚ submitted a medical certificate to the court outlining that Solani was not fit to travel after recently giving birth and asked Magistrate Thandeka Mashiyi to order a stay of execution for a warrant of arrest.
Mashiyi issued the warrant of arrest and told Daubermann to ensure Solani appeared in court on February 13‚ otherwise she would forfeit her bail to the state and would be arrested.
 
Read the full statement issued by the twins in January 29 January, 2018:
SA IDOLS TWINS, SPEAKING OUT ABOUT THE NIGERIAN PASTOR REV TIM OMOTOSO
We would like to share our hearts with the whole nation regarding our journey in Timothy Omotoso Ministry.
Firstly we wish to send our heartfelt and sincere apologies to all the woman of South African for we appeared to be taking Timothy  Omotoso’s side when he faced rape and sexual harassment charges and mostly we wish to apologize to all the victims (all the girls that were raped) we know them all and we took them as our blood sisters, but when they came out we were made to turn our backs against them and support Tim Omotoso. We were even asked to go do newspaper interviews to protect Omotoso.
We wish to also apologize to all the people that love and support us and our talent...
We have been in this Ministry for four years and we have lived in his house in Umhlanga for about a year, it was the worst experience ever... we were actually pushed to please the man, we were told that God will punish us if we ever say anything against Omotoso. We lived a life full of threats and Fear.
The elders of the church played a part in making us run away/escape from our homes to stay in Omotoso’s house, serve in his ministry as kids we were made to believe that Omotoso is the closest person to God and we can never have a relationship with God but only through Omotoso.
We have hurt our parents by allowing a Nigerian man to rule and rein over our lives, however many things happened in spirit than on the flesh. We have been blinded and our spirits were controlled or locked up somewhere by this Man and his Spirits because we could see all the wrongs but never bold to speak out, we wanted to scream but had no voices. Omotoso coursed divisions in many families and ruined many peoples lives, his church have the highest unemployment rate and young people who are not studying. 
We were not allowed to go to any other church, we were not allowed to listen to any other Pastor and we were not allowed to sing anywhere else besides in his church, we were not allowed to study, but his kids were studying, we were not allowed to see/visit our families.
The rape allegations were not new to us when Omotoso was arrested, it is something that we knew long before he got arrested. The girls would talk immediately after it happened in the house and when one was called to the upper room we knew what was going to happen to them, we were made to keep quiet and never say anything. We escaped and ran away at some point because we knew what was happening. Even when we had left the church we were still not free to talk, we were afraid that something bad will happen to us or our families.
We are happy to announce that we are finally free. We want to thank God Almighty for saving us and delivering us from Omotosos hand. It is not for us to judge.
We are happy to have our lives back and without a shadow of doubt, we are ready to excel in life and spread the word and power of God through our music.
Photos: SA IDOLS twin sisters apologises to victims, women of South Africa for siding Nigerian pastor accused of rape and human trafficking
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Sports minister, Dalung, says Buhari became president without godfathers. Blames 'urban gorillas' for Nigeria's political problems

Sports minister, Dalung, says Buhari became president without godfathers. Blames

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung has hailed president Buhari's 2015 election as a victory against godfatherism. He said it is proof that one can win election in Nigeria without having money or the backing of powerful godfathers.
The minister who stated this while while addressing officials of the Permanent Mission, Nigeria House in New York, said there was a brewing political revolution against ‘god-fatherism’ in the Nigerian political space. He said:
“There is hope for Nigeria. The victory of President Buhari, up till now, not many Nigerians have understood it; it was a political revolution. What it has brought is that you can contest and win election even when you do not have money.’’
“God-fatherism’ was instituted to control elected officials so that they would not go beyond control." The minister blamed the country's problems on those he called “urban gorillas” whom he said were in charge of the country’s political machinery.
“At 53 years, they still call me a small boy,” he lamented saying he had contested elections several times and won but was deprived by the ‘urban gorillas’.
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8000 APC members including former governorship aspirant reportedly decamp to PDP in Edo State

 8000 APC members including former governorship aspirant reportedly decamp to PDP in Edo State

APC gubernatorial aspirant in Edo state, Mr Blessing  Agbomhere, has reportedly led 8000 members of the party in decamping to the PDP. Agbomhere who spared no words in his criticism of APC pledged his commitment, loyalty and readiness to work for PDP ahead of the forthcoming elections. 

In his home coming speech, he bemoaned the APC ‘promise and fail strategy,’  saying
“They promised change, but changed the promise as soon as they were elected. They promised restructuring before elections, but restructured the promise as soon as they were sworn in.”
He said that APC cannot be trusted and that Nigerians must join PDP, come together as one, because,
“If Nigeria does not kill APC, APC will kill Nigeria.”
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Mark Zuckerberg shares lessons he has learnt as Facebook clocks 14 today

Mark Zuckerberg shares lessons he has learnt as Facebook clocks 14 today

Facebook is 14 today February 4th. Mark Zuckerberg who is the founder shared the lessons he has learnt since starting the social networking site when he was 19 years old. He wrote
''Today is Facebook's 14th birthday.
It's a moment to reflect on how far we've come from that dorm room at Harvard and how far we still have to go to bring the world closer together. And it's a moment to think about what we need to do better.
Sometimes people ask what I've learned along the way. I was 19 when I started Facebook, and I didn't know anything about building a company or global internet service. Over the years I've made almost every mistake you can imagine. I've made dozens of technical errors and bad deals. I've trusted the wrong people and I've put talented people in the wrong roles. I've missed important trends and I've been slow to others. I've launched product after product that failed.
The reason our community exists today is not because we avoided mistakes. It's because we believe what we're doing matters enough to keep trying to solve our greatest challenges -- knowing full well that we'll fail again and again, but that it's the only way to make progress.
We are still early in this journey and we will keep working to improve. That focus has always been our strength, and that's what this year is all about.
Bringing us closer together with our family and friends matters, and 14 years in I'm proud of what we do and grateful to be a part of something so meaningful.
It's an honor to be on this journey with you.
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''The Senate is not meant for young people'' ex-plateau state governor, Jonah Jang, says



Former Plateau state governor now Senator, Jonah Jang, says the Nigerian senate is not meant for young people who have no political pedigree and experience. Jang who is over 70 years old, said this when he spoke on a TV programme yesterday February 3rd.

Jang was asked to react to plans by his proteges to take over his seat in the senate since he has clocked 73 and is expected to retire. Jang said the House of Representatives would be good for younger politicians.
“The Senate is not for good for young people, only the House of Representatives is good enough.” Jang said
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IBB denies issuing statement asking Nigerians to vote out President Buhari in 2019

IBB denies issuing statement asking Nigerians to vote out President Buhari in 2019



Former President Ibrahim Babangida has denied a statement making the rounds that he has asked Nigerians to vote out President Buhari in 2019. Read the statement signed by him and released by DailyTrust below...
Distinguished Members of the Fourth estate of the realm.
It has been drawn to my attention a press statement on the State of the nation, particularly 2019 general elections and beyond.
Let me categorically state that as former President and Statesman, I have unfettered channel of communication with the highest authorities without sensational public correspondence, therefore those views expressed over there are personal views of the writer.
However, with due respect to individual opinion and constitutional rights, it is worrisome that Political events and civil unrest in many part of the country, has raised many questions on the governance and unity. Indeed 2018 is inundated with seasons of literatures on the corporate existence of this country. Many of such literatures have shown concerns of the corporate existence of Nigeria beyond 2019 general elections.
It will be recalled, that in my message to this year's Armed Forces Remembrance Day, I specifically expressed the dire need for proactive measures to stop farmers/herders clashes in the middle belt, Cattle rustling, armed robbery, Kidnapping, gangsterism and Cultism. Our security agencies have to step up surveillance with more efforts on intelligence gathering for maximum success.
Recent happenings and utterances by political gladiators is alarming and not in the interest of common man that is already overstretched and apparently living from hand to mouth due to precarious economic conditions. Despite all these challenges, I am optimistic that the political actors will play within the ambits of political norms and decorum to ameliorate the problems facing our society now.
I am a realist that believes in all issues in a democratic atmosphere are sincerely discussed and resolved in the spirit of give and take. Since after my military years that metamorphosed to the only Military President in the history of Nigeria and my civilian life, I always have one clear objective that freedom can only be achieved through democracy. Some people find this freedom as an avenue for eroding democracy by antics of hate speeches under the guise of religion, tribal or self imposed mentorship. This trend of pitching political class and the people is unhealthy and skewed.
The clamour for re-alignment of governance in the country as we are approaching 2019 election year is a welcome development only if the agitations are genuinely channeled through legislation and total supremacy of the constitution . Any attempt outside this circle of democratic tenants is deceptive and divisive idea capable of plunging our political journey into disarray.
Our present political parties and their structures need parameter pillars that will make them more strong with unique ideologies. However, our present political parties need surgical operation that will fusion them in to a reasonable numbers. I have been an advocate of two party systems but in our present reality in Nigeria, our political parties can fusion into strong political association/party that can form a formidable opposition to a ruling party.
As students of history, we are aware that many advanced democracies have two distinct ideological political parties, with a handful of smaller political parties that serve as buffer whenever any of the known political parties derailed or became unpopular. I still believe in two party systems as the best option for Nigeria.
It is high time that, we dialogue more on any issue in order to have a political solution on any problem affecting us. It is sad that, Nigeria had its fare share of conflicts, and we cannot continue to fall back to those dark years of bloodshed.
As a people, now is the time to come together to address all Communal conflicts and criminality under any guise to further unite the country in line with the vision of our founding fathers so that as a nation, we can forge ahead in the task of building a more prosperous nation.

SIGNED:
GENERAL IBRAHIM BADAMASI BABANGIDA GCFR, FORMER MILITARY PRESIDENT & COMMANDER IN-CHIEF OF NIGERIAN ARMED FORCES.

1 UPHILL DRIVE, MINNA.

SUNDAY, 04TH FEBRUARY, 2018.
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Yvonne Nelson shares new selfie with her baby daddy and daughter

Yvonne Nelson shares new selfie with her baby daddy and daughter

Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson pictured chilling with her baby daddy, Jamie Roberts and their daughter today. She shared the selfie via Insta-stories, but made sure to cover the little girl's face.
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Adorable photos of Mercy Johnson and her family

Adorable photos of Mercy Johnson and her family

So cute! See another photo below
Adorable photos of Mercy Johnson and her family
Adorable photos of Mercy Johnson and her family

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Betty Irabor writes on a phase in her life when she questioned if there really is a God

Betty Irabor writes on a phase in her life when she questioned if there really is a God

It is an interesting piece. Read below
Where is God when you need Him??
A few years ago during my mental health challenge i shut God out. If He couldn’t pull me out, then it was pointless praying to Him. So I stopped praying, I stopped reading the Bible and stopped going to Church. In that state of mind, I began to doubt the existence of God! “ What if there really wasn’t God after all?” My doubt and anger erupted into fireballs when in the throes of it all, my brother died. How does a God who is said to be all that greatness, goodness, kindness, merciful, gracious allow such grief all at once??
But gradually I began to Find Release in praise and worship songs. I brought out my hymns of praise and buried my soul in songs...My Redeemer lives by Nicole Mullen @nicolecmullenofficial was top on my play list.. the song eulogized God so much it gave me hope and then dashed my hope again when I couldn’t immediately find the peace I longed for. He was supposed to be the one whose words alone can catch a falling star, the one who runs to the weary the weak and holds us when we are broken; so where was He?? I saw myself as the lost sheep who God abandoned inspite of his promise to leave all 99 sheep and come looking for me. 
Then one day, while in the middle of deep reflections and meditation I realized that I was the one who moved and that God Never moved away . He was always there but the rage of my heart wouldn’t let me hear him. He was always in the cloud, he was in the depression with me which was why I wasn’t totally consumed and eclipsed by it. Then gradually I allowed him back in. I opened the Bible again and read aloud what His words said concerning my fears, anxiety and how he has given me a sound mind. I then understood that indeed, God is the “prodigal” father who “squanders” his love, his wealth, grace, affection upon us... God is so EXTRA in his love! 
what are you going through right now? Don’t lock God out. There’s is no healing outside of God. Cry, grieve but not without Him...He will drop that Dew of quietness on you till all your striving cease... Anticipate my book DUST by Betty Irabor.. coming 2018!
#God??#lifeslessonswithbettyirabor#growthruwhatyougothru 
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''Boko Haram has been completely defeated'' Nigerian Army says


The Nigerian Army says it has completely defeated Boko Haram insurgents in the country. The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, disclosed this when he spoke at the inauguration of the Nigeria-Cameroon military joint mission in Maiduguri, Borno State capital yesterday February 3rd.

Channels TV reports that General Nicholas said troops under the operation “Deep Punch II” on Friday dislodged the insurgents for their tactical ground “Camp Zairo.”
“My soldiers are in the heart of Boko Haram enclave that is Camp Zairo. The gallant troops have taken total control of Sambisa forest. We have broken the heart and soul of Shekau’s group, taking over the camp and its environs. They are on the run and we are pursuing them to wherever they go. This time around there is no place for escape anywhere,” he said.
He said further that hundreds of insurgents had surrendered, several others fled, and over 100 civilians were rescued.
The theatre commander also challenged the fleeing insurgents and abducted persons in the bush to come out and surrender to the troops, promising that they would not be harmed or killed.
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Kylie Jenner confirms that she has welcomed her first child, a baby girl

Kylie Jenner confirms that she has welcomed her first child, a baby girl

Kylie Jenner, 20, and her boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott, have welcomed their first child, a baby girl. The reality star/beauty entrepreneur made the annoucement on Instagram minutes ago, finally putting an end to speculation over whether she was truly expecting a baby or not.
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Photo: Nigerian businessman faces two to five years in prison for money laundering in Cambodia

Photo: Nigerian businessman faces two to five years in prison for money laundering in Cambodia




A 40-year-old Nigerian businessman has been charged by the municipal court for laundering US currency in Cambodia.
Seng Pesith, a police officer with the anti-terrorism and transnational crimes unit, said the accused  Nwach Ukwu, a clothing vendor, was charged by Phnom Penh Municipal Court with money laundering and faces two to five years in prison if convicted.
Mr Pesith said the accused was arrested on at about 10.30am late January,  at his rental home in Meanchey district’s Boeung Tumpon I commune.
“He was arrested red-handed after our police raided his house,” he said. “He was arrested based on the confession of another Nigerian man who was his friend and who was arrested earlier this month.”
Photo: Nigerian businessman faces two to five years in prison for money laundering in Cambodia
Mr Pesith added that after his arrest, police seized a cash box, a money printing machine, a laptop, which had samples of US currency.
According to a police report, on December 1 another Nigerian man identified as Goo Bluck Komobia, 35, and his Cambodian wife Kim Srey Khuoch, 28, were arrested after they withdrew $900,000 in laundered money from a local bank in Phnom Penh with the aim of transferring it to the United States.
Mr Bluck Komobia was charged with money laundering and was later sent to prison but his wife was released after cooperating with police.
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"I woke up this morning without a father" Rapper The Game mourns his father

"I woke up this morning without a father" Rapper The Game mourns his father

Rapper The Game is in mourning. He lost his father, George Taylor on the morning of Wednesday, January 17 but he is still in pain from the loss.
The rapper took to Instagram hours ago to share photos of himself at his father's funeral with the capton: "I woke up this morning without a father."
"I woke up this morning without a father" Rapper The Game mourns his father
"I woke up this morning without a father" Rapper The Game mourns his father
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Photo of a little girl striking a "disturbing" pose ignites debate among women

Photo of a little girl striking a "disturbing" pose ignites debate among women



A mother posed this photo on a popular women's Facebook page and captioned it: "Disturbing"
Most of the women agreed that the photo is disturbing,  blaming the mother of the child,  others didn't see anything wrong with it. What do you think?
See their coments below..
Photo of a little girl striking a "disturbing" pose ignites debate among women
Photo of a little girl striking a "disturbing" pose ignites debate among women
Photo of a little girl striking a "disturbing" pose ignites debate among women
Photo of a little girl striking a "disturbing" pose ignites debate among women
Photo of a little girl striking a "disturbing" pose ignites debate among women
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