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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Photos from the funeral of former US first lady, Barbara Bush

Photos from the funeral of former US first lady,?Barbara Bush?


Over 1,000 mourners gathered in Texas on Saturday to bid farewell to Barbara Bush, the former first lady and the matriarch of the Bush political dynasty who died on Tuesday at the age of 92.

She was only the second woman in US history, after Abigail Adams, to be the mother and wife of US presidents.

Below are more photos from her funeral that held at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston with Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in attendance along with former first ladies Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, current first lady Melania Trump.

Photos from the funeral of former US first lady,?Barbara Bush?



Photos from the funeral of former US first lady,?Barbara Bush?
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Akiin Shuga teams up with Cobhams Asuquo to drop inspirational hit single “I Can walk”



Akiin Shuga teams up with Cobhams Asuquo to drop inspirational hit single ?I Can walk?

Foremost band leader of the Shuga Band and National Rotary Polio Ambassador, Akiin Shuga and sensational music producer, Cobhams Asuquo are out with an inspirational hit single titled ‘I Can Walk’.

The song which dropped today was produced and co-written by the legendary Cobhams Asuquo. ‘I Can walk’ by Akiin Shuga gives the strength that is required at that challenging time; a song of hope dedicated to polio survivors and everyone who has been scarred, marred or shaken in the travails of life.

Akiin Shuga teams up with Cobhams Asuquo to drop inspirational hit single ?I Can walk?

Akiin who suffered polio at the age of five rose above his disability to found Nigeria’s leading live band, become a husband, father and polio ambassador, and many things to different people. Known to be a source of inspiration, Akiin embodies the saying ‘there is ability in every disability’ and with his new song, he hopes to bring hope to as many lives as he can touch.

“Life is about challenges, challenges will always come and no challenges are insurmountable” says Akiin Shuga.

Listen  https://soundcloud.com/user-320008212/i-can-walk-akiin-shuga

iTunes

http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1365127403?ls=1&app=itunes

Spinlet
https://spinlet.com/music-and-genre-album/332946

MTN Music Plus
http://mpjamz.com/s/00617336e
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Catholic priest murdered while hearing confessions in Mexico

Catholic priest murdered while hearing confessions in Mexico

33-year old Roman Catholic priest, Father Juan Miguel Garcia has been murdered in the west-central Mexican state of Jalisco, the second priest killed within four days in the country.

He was performing the sacrament of penance when he was attacked by armed assailants at a parish in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, on the outskirts of Guadalajara, according to a statement from the Mexican Bishops’ Conference. The attack on Friday April 20th, took place immediately after the celebration of Holy Mass.

It was the latest in a series of attacks against priests in Mexico. Father Ruben Alcantara Diaz was attacked April 18 right before an evening Mass at Our Lady of Carmen Parish in Cuautitlan Izcalli.

On Saturday, the bishops launched an urgent appeal for a culture of peace and reconciliation. “These deplorable events call each of us to a deep and sincere conversion” according to the statement. We ask competent authorities  to shed light on this dramatic event and to take action according to the laws of justice.”  

The bishops also appealed to the killers to “not only to lay down their arms” but also to reject “hatred, resentment, vengeance and all destructive sentiments.”  Attacks on clergy have become common in Mexico, a country that reached a historically high level of homicides last year.

According to the Catholic Multimedia Center, 22 priests have been killed in Mexico since 2012, when the six-year administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto began.
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Young Ghanaian man stabbed to death in London









Young Ghanaian man stabbed to death in London

A young ghanaian man has been stabbed to death by yet to be identified persons in London. Kwasi was stabbed to death at Finsbury park. The sister of the deceased who shared the sad news on her twitter handle wrote
''My younger brother, my only brother got stabbed to death this morning. Guys this needs to stop. The pain I'm experiencing is indescribable''.
Young Ghanaian man stabbed to death in London
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in a statement released on his Facebook page, mourned the death of the deceased and stated that the police is working to ensure that the culprits are brought to boof.
Young Ghanaian man stabbed to death in London
Young Ghanaian man stabbed to death in LondonYoung Ghanaian man stabbed to death in London
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French citizenship withdrawn from woman immediately after it was given to her because she refused to shake the hand of official due to religious reason

French citizenship withdrawn from woman immediately after it was given to her because she refused to shake the hand of official due to religious reason
 This is according to a tweet by @Africafactszone. She had already been granted citizenship, all she had to do was acknowledge it with a handshake. If you seek to be a citizen of a country, is it not proper that you abide by their rules and regulations?
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Guys, how do you handle a woman who is not impressed with money?


Guys, how do you handle a woman who is not impressed with money?

So you like her and all you have to offer is money but she's not impressed because she's looking for something deeper. How do you go about it? Maybe the ladies can help with tips.
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Twitter user says her 13yr old cousin was kidnapped and murdered by a group of almajiri kids led by an 11yr old

Twitter user says her 13yr old cousin was kidnapped and murdered by a group of almajiri kids led by an 11yr old

Yet another sad story of the almajiri menace plaguing Northern Nigeria.
 Twitter user says her 13yr old cousin was kidnapped and murdered by a group of almajiri kids led by an 11yr old
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They may be mistaken for thugs but these black doctors are on a mission to change the way the world views black men

They may be mistaken for thugs but these black doctors are on a mission to change the way the world views black men

Dr. Pierre Johnson, Dr. Max Madhere and Dr. Joe Semien maybe mistaken for thugs by some people but they are board-certified physicians. And the three medical doctors are on a mission to rewrite the narrative surrounding black men and black success.

The men, all graduates of Xavier University of Louisiana, want to change the way the world views black men, especially if they look a certain way, so they are making it their mission to make sure other black men know they can be anything they want to be and they shared their story and also highlighted some of the barriers black men face and how to overcome them in a new book titled Pulse Of Perseverance: Three Black Doctors on Their Journey to Success.
“If we had a dollar for every time someone said ‘you don’t look like a doctor’ we would be billionaires. There is a perception in society that doctors can’t look like us, and we want to destroy that first" They said.

“All of us ‘made it out’ from urban environments because we were naturally driven, but we were still in a transition period in our lives,” they shared of their college years. “The book not only lays out all of our trials and tribulations on this path, but also some of the solutions on what we can do as a community to help change those daunting statistics.”

“We want to empower and inspire all the kids who come from our neighborhoods and who look like us that they have way more realistic options at success. None of those options have to do with what the media glorifies: sports and entertainment,” they said. “Our overall mission is to change the narrative, shift the culture, and redefine the negative portrayal of the black male.”

They went on to say that “the world still views black men in a negative light” and “this is why we can be unarmed and shot like dogs in the street, and a large segment of our society still looks at those situations like we are somehow deserving of that fate.”
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See the outfit this guy came up with when he styled his girlfriend



See the outfit this guy came up with when he styled his girlfriend

Cute or nah?
 See the outfit this guy came up with when he styled his girlfriend
See the outfit this guy came up with when he styled his girlfriend
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'3 Generations Strong': Anthony Joshua shares rare family photo with his father and son


 British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua shared this rare family photo with his father, Robert and his young son, Joseph as they posed together. He captioned the photo: '3 Generations Strong'
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See what Lagos big boys looked like in 1913




See what Lagos big boys looked like in 1913

Stylish men!
See what Lagos big boys looked like in 1913
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Twitter user says her 13yr old cousin was kidnapped and murdered by a group of almajiri kids led by an 11yr old

Twitter user says her 13yr old cousin was kidnapped and murdered by a group of almajiri kids led by an 11yr old

Yet another sad story of the almajiri menace plaguing Northern Nigeria.
 Twitter user says her 13yr old cousin was kidnapped and murdered by a group of almajiri kids led by an 11yr old
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Herdsman hacks his own brother to death over missing cow

Herdsman hacks his own brother to death over missing cow
 
The Nasarawa state police command has arrested a 22-year-old man identified as Bello Musa, for killing his elder brother, Abdullahi Musa, with a matchete, over his missing cow in Akwuate village in Doma local government area on March 9th. Bello gave the deceased a fatal cut on the neck, when a scuffle ensued between them over the missing cattle.
Narrating how he killed his brother, Bello said
“My brother, Abdullahi and myself took our cattle for grazing. Later we discovered that one cattle which was not our own had joined our herd. We were three who made the discovery – Abdullahi, one Ibrahim and myself. Abdullahi and I agreed to sell it. Later he asked me to go and sell it in the market. As I was taking the cattle, it escaped from me. I returned back to tell Abdullahi. He did not believe me. He accused of selling the cattle N300,000.  I tried to explain to him, but he insisted that I sold the cattle for N300,000. My father tried to settle the matter, without success.

“Abdullahi said that I must pay N300,000 for the cattle or he would kill me. I challenged him on why he would want to kill me over the cattle that escaped from me.  Then he began making phone calls to his friends, telling them I am a liar and that I sold the cattle for N300,000. I became very angry and we started fighting. In the course of the fight, he injured me on my right hand and I cut him with my cutlass on the neck.”
Bello then ran to the General Hospital in Eleye area to treat his wound. The eagle-eyed doctor who attended to him, became suspicious after listening to the story of how he sustained the injury. He carefully treated him and then stepped aside to make a call to the Eleye Police Station. A team of policemen came to the hospital and arrested him. He was subsequently handed over to the Nasarawa police headquarters where he was detained for further investigation.
Bello would soon be charged to court for murder.
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FG announces plan to borrow $300m to eliminate malaria

FG announces plan to borrow $300m to eliminate malaria

The Federal Government is to secure a US$300 million from the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and African Development Bank to eliminate malaria in the country.

This is contained in a statement issued by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 just ended in London. The government said in the statement that it would elevate malaria on the national priority list and finance its national malaria elimination strategy.

The statement said Nigeria also pledged an additional US$18.7 million to leverage US$37 million from the Global Fund to distribute 15 million mosquito nets and to support the local manufacture of essential malaria commodities.  It said that ALMA applauds the commitment by 53 Commonwealth leaders to halve malaria across the Commonwealth nations within the next five years. It said the game-changing commitment followed the Malaria Summit, where leaders from malaria-affected countries, businesses, donors and Commonwealth leaders to get ready to beat the scourge of malaria.

The statement said the commitment from the Commonwealth has the potential to prevent 350 million malaria cases and save 650,000 lives.  It added 90 per cent of global malaria cases and deaths occur on the African continent and the impact of this renewed focus to eliminate malaria will be felt across the continent. The statement noted that apart from the commitment from Nigeria, 11 African countries in the Commonwealth announced new commitment and affirmed their determination to eliminate malaria.  It enumerated the countries to include Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, United Republic of Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia. The statement added that ALMA further committed to the African Union’s (AU) Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria by 2030.

Besides, it said that the AU was also committed to supporting member countries to introduce and strengthen the use of national and sub-national malaria scorecards and action trackers, with robust community engagement to support increased domestic funding. According to the statement, AU will continue its work with Heads of State and Government in Africa to monitor progress towards this goal.

“Additional commitments from the international community includes the UK Government’s commitment to spend £500 million a year through 2020-2021 and an extra £100 million commitment to the Global Fund. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also announced an additional US$1 billion through 2023 to fund research and development to reduce the burden of malaria. In addition, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged £50 million in matching funds against the UK Government’s additional £100 commitment to the Global Fund,’’ it said.
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Graphic: Boko Haram bombs mosque in Bama, kills five

 Graphic: Boko Haram bombs mosque in Bama, kills five

Five persons have been confirmed dead after two teenage suicide bombers attacked a mosque in Bama, Borno state at about 5am today April 22nd.
The suicide bombers made their way into the mosque while the Muslim faithfuls were saying their early morning prayers.
The remains of the deceased persons have been taken by their family fo burial while those that were injured during the attack have been taken to the military hospital in Bama.
See graphic photos from the scene below
 Graphic: Boko Haram bombs mosque in Bama, kills five Graphic: Boko Haram bombs mosque in Bama, kills five
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Savage! Charlyboy trolls President Buhari's son on twitter

Savage! Charlyboy trolls President Buhari 
 As he shared on his twitter handle.
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Naked gunman kill four people and injured three after opening fire with an AR-15 in Tennesse




Naked gunman kill?four people and injured three after opening fire with an AR-15 in?Tennesse


Four people have been killed and three others injured after a naked man opened fire at a Tennessee Waffle House.

Authorities have since identified 29-year old Travis Reinking as a person of interest in the shooting. According to reports, shots rang out at the restaurant in Antioch, near Nashville, around 3.25am on Sunday morning.

A man who was only clothed in a green jacket and armed with an AR-15 shot six people before a customer was able to wrestle the rifle away from him. The shooter managed to flee on foot and is still at large.

Two of the people who died were killed outside of Waffle House and one person was fatally shot inside the restaurant, according to ABC. A fourth person died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where one victim remains in critical condition and another is in critical but stable condition, according to The Tennessean.  

The vehicle the gunman arrived in is registered to Reinking, who is from Morton, Illinois.

Authorities said a man believed to be Reinking was last seen walking at a nearby apartment complex. He was seen wearing black pants and no shirt. Waffle House is 'very concerned' and 'gathering all the details' surrounding the shooting, spokesman Pat Warner told ABC.

Warner said that senior leadership is on site and that the restaurant's 'thoughts are with those affected'. In a separate statement Waffle House said it was 'deeply saddened by this tragic incident'.
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hosts Nigerian entertainers in Lagos (photos)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hosts Nigerian entertainers in Lagos (photos)

Last night, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo received a number of leading icons of the entertainment industry on an informal interaction in Lagos where they discussed a few industry based concerns issues.

The entertainers, Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Waje, Ice Prince, Kevin Orifa, Kamal Ajiboye, Mo Abudu, Dolapo Oni Sijuade and others were in company of Femi Falana (SAN).

See more photos below...
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hosts Nigerian entertainers in Lagos (photos)
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hosts Nigerian entertainers in Lagos (photos)Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hosts Nigerian entertainers in Lagos (photos)Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hosts Nigerian entertainers in Lagos (photos)Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hosts Nigerian entertainers in Lagos (photos)
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Photos: Inside Gabola Church in South Africa where alcohol is required for worship and baptism

Photos: Inside Gabola Church in South Africa where alcohol is required for worship and baptism 
 Dressed in a red robe and a gold-trimmed Bishop’s miter, the clergyman pours whiskey into his cupped hand and anoints the forehead of the man sitting before him.  “You are hereby invested as a minister … This is a double tot,” he says of the remaining whiskey in the chalice.

He hands it to the new minister, who downs it. “Hallelujah!” shouts the congregation members who erupt in singing and dancing, swigging from bottles of beer. Welcome to Gabola Church, which celebrates the drinking of alcohol.

The South African church was started eight months ago and found an enthusiastic following almost immediately.

“We are a church for those who have been rejected by other churches because they drink alcohol,” Gabola’s founder and self-declared pope, Tsietsi Makiti, told The Associated Press.

“Gabola Church is established to redeem the people who are rejected, who are regarded as sinners. We drink for deliverance. We are drinking for the Holy Ghost to come into us. Others in South Africa are outraged by Gabola, saying it is not a church at all. Gabola has nothing to do with the word of God. Those are not church services,” said Archbishop Modiri Patrick Shole, Director of the South African Union Council of Independent Churches.  
Photos: Inside Gabola Church in South Africa where alcohol is required for worship and baptism
“They are using the Bible to promote taverns and drinking liquor. It is blasphemous. It is heresy and totally against the doctrines.” He said his organization intends to see that authorities close Gabola for breaking municipal regulations that say churches should not be located near bars.

Gabola is not a member of the mainstream South African Council of Churches, which said it has no comment about it. Gabola is not affiliated with any other denominations. About 80 per cent of South Africa’s 56 million people profess to be Christian. In addition to Catholic and Protestant denominations, there are small independent ones with unusual practices like handling snakes. One pastor was recently found guilty of assault for spraying Doom, a popular insecticide, into worshippers’ faces, which was supposed to chase away evil spirits.

The condemnation by other Christian organizations did not bother the 30 worshippers attending a recent Gabola service, held in a bar in the sprawling Orange Farm Township 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Johannesburg.  A pool table served as the altar, adorned with bottles of whiskey and beer. Six ministers at the altar solemnly blessed the chilled jumbo bottles of beer bought by most churchgoers. A few drank whiskey, brandy or other beverages, all of them similarly blessed.
Photos: Inside Gabola Church in South Africa where alcohol is required for worship and baptism
The congregation sang hymns praising the positive effects of drinking. Three new Gabola members were baptized with beer which covered their foreheads and dripped down their faces.  Gabola means “drinking” in Tswana, one of South Africa’s official languages.  “Our aim is to convert bars, taverns and shebeens into churches,” Makiti said. “And we convert the tavern-owners into pastors.”  People in other churches “say they are holy but they drink by the back doors, in secret. They think God does not see them,” he said. “But the Lord zooms in on them and can see them. We drink openly at our services. We do so in peace and we love each other.”

Gabola’s leader said he encourages people to drink responsibly and emphasizes that alcohol will only be sold and blessed to people who are 20, two years older than South Africa’s legal drinking age.  The rousing hymns praising the effects of alcohol brought church members to their feet and they enthusiastically stomped and danced in a circle, often around a beer bottle. As the three-hour service progressed they became louder, more animated and sloppier. Some dozed off during the sermon.

“Nothing is as happy in the world as people who drink,” said Nigel Lehasa, who explained scripture during the service and described himself as Gabola’s professor. “There is no fighting, no arguing. We have nothing but love.”


Source:  The Associated Press
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Photos: Dbanj performs in stylish 'Palazo Pants' in Dubai

Photos: Dbanj performs in stylish


Kokomaster, Dbanj is currently in Dubai for the One African Music Festival. The singer was spotted rocking this stylish 'Palazo Pants' at a pre event concert in Jumeirah...

Photos: Dbanj performs in stylish
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Ogun State thug 'Bulldozer' arrested for raping 13-year-old girl




Ogun State thug


A 29-year-old man, Soji Ogunrinola aka Bulldozer, has been arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in Ogiri Ojule village in Ogun State.

The Ogun State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the arrest of the suspect followed a complaint by Monsuru Badmus, the stepfather of the victim, who reported that the suspect raped the girl who came for holiday in the village.

The complainant told the police that the accused threatened to kill the victim if she told anyone of her ordeal. He said the mother of the girl noticed blood stains on her clothes which made her question her daughter on what she noticed.

“The victim explained the whole thing to her mother and the threat of the suspect on her life. The mother who knows the suspect to be a thug in the village alerted her husband and the man quickly reported to the police,” Mr Oyeyemi stated.

He said the suspect was subsequently arrested and that he later confessed to the crime.
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Photos: Lagos State unveils new statue of Chief Gani Fawehinmi in Ojota

Photos: Lagos State?unveils?new statue of Chief Gani Fawehinmi in Ojota


Moments ago, the Lagos State Government unveiled a new statue of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, sited at the beautiful park in Ojota named after the late legal luminary and human rights advocate as part of activities to celebrate the late activist’s 80th posthumous birthday.

The State’s Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Steve Ayorinde said the remodelling of the magnificent Gani Fawehinmi statue is part of government’s strategy to enhance the aesthetic beauty of open public spaces and parks as well as celebrate and immortalise worthy icons who contributed immensely to the development of Lagos State.

According to the Commissioner, this new statue is also informed by the desire of Lagos State government to protect and entrench the enduring legacy of the country’s foremost human rights lawyer, activist, philanthropist and one of the icons of the pro-democracy movement in Nigeria.

Photos: Lagos State?unveils?new statue of Chief Gani Fawehinmi in Ojota
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Nigerians on twitter were asked to choose between a chicken and President Buhari. See the result










WTF? Nigerians on twitter were asked to choose between a chicken and President Buhari. See the result
 OK, this is not funny Nigerians. WTH?

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Since President Buhari announced a second term, all hell has been let loose by the chaotic, ill-prepared opposition camp - Garba Shehu writes



Since?President Buhari announced?a second term, all hell has been let loose by the chaotic, ill-prepared opposition camp - Garba Shehu writes

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity wrote this very thought provoking piece on President Buhari's second term ambition and how the opposition party has received it.
Read his piece below...
The country is gearing itself up for the General Elections in February next year and with President Muhammadu Buhari announcing that he will bid for the governing Party, APC’s ticket to run fo a second term, all hell has been let loose by the chaotic, ill-prepared opposition camp.
A joke on WhatsApp last week was about the abuse and insults heaped on Mohammadu Buhari, attacking him for everything wrong with the country but failing to answer an important question: who do you have that is better?
In democracies around the globe, second terms by incumbents are usually harder to get simply because, somehow, there is always some kind of anti-incumbency leading to a loss of faith among those supporters.
For President Buhari, who won with massive votes in 2015, his major challenge is to do as well as he did, or even better. He came to power with a lot of expectations and Nigerians had, justifiably placed very high hopes on him. As we said sometimes back, he as a consequence, has became a victim of the tyranny of expectations. The weight of unrealistic expectations has evidently blinded many of the people from seeing the revolutionary changes happening across the nation.
Nigerians expected him to undo the damage in several decades of misgovernance and naturally, many are already feeling frustrated that he hadn’t done that in three years.
The problem with our opposition is that beyond fault-finding, they are unable to give or innovate a vision of their own on how they can make the nation better.
A so-called Third Force has failed to get political traction since it birth. This is understandable, given that they have promised to give the country everything that is new but have so far produced no new faces, no new ways of doing things. Certainly, there is no face that can be called the President of Nigeria.
For the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP parading itself on the glory of being the largest opposition, the party has not less than 10 leaders acutely ambitious to rule Nigeria. It will take them minimally two to three terms of presidential tenure, that is eight to twelve years to reinvent the party.
Looking at the entire opposition landscape, it can be said that they cannot be united by ideology, the type that made the pre-2015 opposition fuse into a formidable challenger that pushed an incumbent out of office. There is in no way therefore, they can choose leaders with unanimity.
What then they have taken to, is scaremongering by fanning ethnic and religious divisions among the minorities especially in the Middle Belt where hundreds of innocent citizens are confronted with violent death.
Before they take the words out of my mouth, let me state that the spate of those killings are tragic and unacceptable. They ought not happen and I’am aware of how sad the Presidency is about these unfortunate goings-on. And there is so much that is being done to end the killings.
More, however, could still have been achieved if there is cooperation extended to the security agencies by everyone, and by everyone, I mean especially the political opposition. A political warlord recently ordered the provocative stoning of a Nigerian Air Force personnel as their chopper landed in a Northeastern state.
Today, government has irrefutable evidence that much as most of these killings are arising from herdsmen-farmers attacks, some of it is driven by politicians. The recent arrests by the army in Taraba State point to a clear political sponsorship, and the kingpins, some of whom have been arrested have been handed over to the DSS for further investigation. Others who are being sought have either gone into hiding or they are pulling strings of blackmail to force the hands of government to abandon the search for them.
It is clear by now that the Middle Belt killings even if they are not caused by the opposition are no doubt seen as a political opportunity to set the tone for the 2019 elections.
Another matter of great disappointment is the ongoing attempt to victimize a group of religious leaders, the Arewa Pastors Initiative for Peace, representing 45,000 members, simply because they paid a visit to President Buhari. We see this development as an unnecessary distraction at a time the country should be united against its common problems and challenges.
We are both mystified and disturbed by the growing lack of tolerance and accommodation by some groups who see it as their birth right to visit and address the President on their issues but lack the modicum of respect for others to do the same. It is regrettable that an innocuous visit is becoming a subject of needless and unprintable attacks on the President and his visitors for doing nothing wrong.
For the avoidance of doubt, the President would not want to set a dangerous precedent for the country by discriminating against any group exercising their democratic rights of freedom of speech and association.
The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo told the tale of the toad at the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Colloquium recently in Lagos.
“Let’s discuss tails,” the toad was told. It, not having a tail, the toad said, “no, let’s talk about other things.”
Rather than coming to the table to discuss what has been achieved or not in key areas of policy, the conversation is today limited to one, the morbid tale of the relationship between farmers and herders.
Sad as these incidents involving farmers and herdsmen are, I wonder what the result will be if half the newsprint and airtime devoted to this is used to draw attention to malaria which kills 300,000 Nigerians every year; the 88,000 malnourished children and the 230,000 malnourished, pregnant women in the northeast, a quarter of whom the UNICEF said would most likely not make it.
An important motivation for President Buhari’s bid for second term is that the gains made from 2015 should not be frittered. Buhari is not involved in corruption and is not desperate for the office. He is among the few leaders we have who are not obsessed with money, cars and homes but working passionately for the country’s economy, peace and safety. If a corrupt politician wins, we will go back to where we were in 2015.
Many by now have forgotten where we are coming from. The daily bomb blasts in our cities between 2012 and 2015 including the deadly attack on the United Nations office in Abuja have been forgotten by many. The Juma’at Mosque bomb attack on Kano that left 300 dead and the theft of 270 girls in Chibok as they assembled to write their final exams, with 113 yet to return have for many, faded into history.
We lived in perpetual fear. I remember the story of the roadside Mosque in one settlement in which a black plastic bag was noticed by the congregation as the Imam led in prayer. The entire congregation fizzled out, the Imam realizing that he was left alone only from the eerie air of silence after everyone had quietly left.

Today, religious gatherings and crowded markets have resumed. Witnesses reported that Abuja and Kaduna witnessed the largest simultaneous assembly of people when the Tijjaniyya Islamic movement celebrated their Maulud a week ago without the fear of bomb blasts.
Cabinet meetings are now about how trillions of Naira are to be used to provide long delayed infrastructure such as roads, bridges, railway, power, drugs and equipment for hospitals. Grand corruption, by which ministers sat around the table to share money drawn from the treasury has been ended.
A majority of our people are farmers who depend on good rains, access to land and fertilizer to grow the food they eat and sell the surplus to make money for school fees for their children and where possible, add a wife or two and make the Hajj or other plans. This administration has broken the jinx of fertilizer shortage and its high cost and has put land clearing for agriculture on a priority. Loans at low or no interest rates are being given by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Bank of Agriculture, the Bank of Industry and the Development Bank. It will take years to raise our rising population from poverty. Even in China, with the world’s fastest growing economy, this, still, is a work in progress.
The administration is doing so much for women, children and our enterprising youths. This is the first time anyone has given our country a social welfare scheme.
By it, 7.5 million children are served free meals in schools. This has improved school attendance. Two Hundred thousand graduates are now enrolled in N-Power, and 300,000 have just passed screening in the biggest, most audacious employment scheme on the continent. Our youths have a lot of ideas and many who need support, mentoring and guidance under the various schemes under the Social Investment Programme of the government are getting help.
Three years on, the economy has seen a paradigm shift with agriculture getting a pride of place. We are importing 90 percent less rice than we did three years back. The World Bank has certified Nigeria as being one of the top ten most improved economies in the world. Power ministry has done commendably well, raising generation from an average of 2,600 megawatts to 7,500 mw.
Today, each state has a minimum of between one to five federal roads under construction or reconstruction. Some have as many as eight or nine. The legendary second Niger Bridge is by now 44 percent complete, putting to shame the many years of platitude and lies by several past administrations.
With the advent of the Buhari administration, foreign policy has become robust. Nigerian enjoys a good reputation in West Africa, Africa and the world.
What this government is doing is different and the results are showing, for example:
Ø Reversing the decline which began in 2014 and stabilizing the economy for Nigerians.
Ø Recovery of stolen national assets.
Ø Economic restructuring for the growth of private sector as the best solution to unemployment.
Ø Demonstrable infrastructure improvement: roads, power and energy
Ø Re-establishment of collaborative working relationship between the President and the Vice President as model of how Northern/Southern, Muslim/Christian, Older/Younger Nigerians can and should work together.
The thing about Second Term in all political climes is that voters must have a practical reason to vote for someone. President Buhari has not given anyone an excuse not to choose him on this count. His is an administration that has something for everyone.
Supporters who talk about a noticeable loss of faith by some must note that there is nothing permanent in politics. Many of the allies will, in pursuit of power, come back to the APC, being the party with superior power.
The party did extremely well in the North to come to power and every indication is that in 2019, it will do in the South, what it did in the North in 2015.
By the way, did anyone notice the poll on who to choose in 2019 by a young man, Mark Essien @markessien on Twitter? Buhari supporters need to read that to cheer up!
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Kanu Nwankwo pays courtesy visit to former Kano state governor, Kwankwaso

Kanu Nwankwo pays courtesy visit to former Kano state governor, Kwankwaso

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Kanu Nwankwo pays courtesy visit to former Kano state governor, Kwankwaso
Kanu Nwankwo pays courtesy visit to former Kano state governor, Kwankwaso
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