Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Obasanjo blames recession on Jonathan


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday took a swipe at the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, declaring that his advice on the prevailing economic crisis was ignored two years ago.
Obasanjo also blamed Jonathan for lifting the ban on importation of products like toothpick, which he said could have been taken over by local industries without encumbrances.

At the official opening of the National Council on Finance and Economic Development (NACOFED) in Abeokuta yesterday, Obasanjo said the only way Nigeria could urgently step out of the current economic recession is for it to seek foreign loan.
Obasanjo, who was the Father of the Day at the opening session, said he had warned the former President on the impending recession in November 26, 2014 When he joined others to celebrate the birthday of retired Justice Akanbi.
“I reminded the government that we were spending more than we were earning. that very soon, the country would not be able to fund the budget… Unfortunately, the government then refused to listen to my advice,” he told the gathering.
Obasanjo shocked the gathering when he recalled how it was discovered that the ban on the importation of toothpick was reversed by the Jonathan administration, saying he had visited Jonathan in Abuja to ask why he lifted the ban on toothpick and Jonathan said he did not read before he approved.
Speaking further on the way out for Nigeria, Obasanjo said there were three options, explaining, “The three options are we have to spend less, we must endeavor to earn and then the last one is to borrow, and this if we must, we do it fast and now. “
He however cautioned against doing the bidding of the World Bank and Inernational Monetary Fund (IMF).


Culled from Daily Trust

House of Reps suspends Jibrin

The House of Representatives on Wednesday suspended Abdulmumin Jibrin, a lawmaker from Kano at the centre of the unfolding budget padding scandal, for 180 legislative days.

The House seats three days in a week and this consequently means that Mr. Jibrin’s suspension would last more than a year.

In a motion recommended by House Ethics Committee chairman, Nicholas Ossai, and adopted by the whole House, Mr. Jibrin will also not be able to hold any position of responsibility for the span of the current National Assembly.

Edo Governorship election: Chairman of DAAR Communications sighted in a queue as voting continues


Chief Raymond Dokpesi, the Chairman of Daar Communications, owners of AIT and a contestant for the national chairmanship position of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was spotted on a queue at Ward 1 Unit 8. Agenebode in Edo state where voting has already commenced.... 

Source: nationalhelm.net

VIDEO: a critique of the "Change Begins with Me"initiative of the Federal Government

Keeping It Real With Adeola - Episode 232 (Why The Change Must Begin With President Buhari and national Assembly)

Attorney General stalls Saraki’s forgery trial

The trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for alleged forgery was stalled on Wednesday, because the prosecution counsel, Aliyu Umar, said he had not prepared his response to a fresh motion by the defendants challenging the jurisdiction of the court.

Mr. Umar is prosecuting the case on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federal, Abubakar Malami.

Mr. Saraki, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and his deputy, Benedict Efeturi, are facing trial for alleged forgery of the Senate standing rules used to elect them as leaders of the Senate in June last year.

Senate resolution to Executive on getting Nigeria out of recession


1. The executive should forward an Economic Stimulus Bill containing all the fiscal stimulus packages, investments and incentives which will receive accelerated consideration and passage at the National Assembly.

2. The fiscal and monetary authorities must harmonise all policies that lower interest rates for investors in the real sector and small/medium scale farmers.

3. The government should adopt peaceful means in the Niger Delta to restore Nigeria’s oil production back to 2.2 million barrels per day.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Sam Allardyce resigns as England manager


Sam Allardyce has left his post as England manager by mutual agreement with the Football Association after one match and 67 days in charge.

It follows a newspaper investigation claiming he offered advice on how to "get around" rules on player transfers.

Allardyce, 61, is also alleged to have used his role to negotiate a deal worth £400,000 to represent a Far East firm.

Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook  


German data protection authorities on Tuesday said they had blocked Facebook from collecting subscriber data from its subsidiary WhatsApp, citing privacy concerns.

Facebook and WhatsApp promised in the wake of the Silicon Valley giant’s 2014 acquisition of the messaging app that they would not share data, Hamburg’s Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Johannes Caspar recalled in a statement.

He added that Facebook would be required to delete any data already received from WhatsApp in Germany.

Full Transcript: Chibok girls, El-Zakzaky and other things Shekau said in new video


In what is clearly a defiance of the Nigerian government, the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, vowed not to release the abducted Chibok girls unless his captured members were released by government agencies.

In the 39 minutes video posted on YouTube Saturday, Mr. Shekau also asked Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to ‘repent’ and follow the ways of the Boko Haram.

Mr. Shekau, who spoke for 27 minutes in Arabic reading from a prepared script, called Mr. Buhari a cow worshiper and a liar.

He also said that until his captured members were released, parents of the Chibok girls should forget about their children.

Senate orders slaughter of roaming cows in FCT


The Senate Monday ordered the slaughter of cows found roaming within the Federal Capital City (FCT) Abuja metropolis.

In the alternative of slaughtering such roaming cows, the upper chamber said that the cows should be arrested and a fine of N50, 000 imposed per cow.

This is the declaration of the Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Dino Melaye at an interactive meeting with the FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello and Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Brutai in Abuja on the seizure.

Grief as MMM crashes in Zimbabwe, millions lose money


Lots of Zimbabweans are in a financial trauma as you read this, all thanks to the popular Ponzi scheme called MMM. Thousands of people living in Zimbabwe, among them civil servants, vendors and more, were said to have lost thousands of dollars to fraudulent online pyramid scheme MMM Global Zimbabwe after the system collapsed recently. The social financial network, which relied on an accelerating number of new members to pay off the old, abruptly terminated its services without any prior notice last week leaving participants stranded.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Poor Pay Haunts Journalism In Nigeria by Emmanuel Ogbeche

The specter of the poor state of the average Nigerian journalists, albeit in most parts of the continent, is better exemplified by Maxwell Oditta and Comrade Chuks Ehirim. Both were not just your run-of-the-mill journalists; they had paid their dues combining over 37 years in the profession.

Oditta died on Saturday, July 22, 2016, while Chuks Ehirim passed on almost a month before, June 16. Ehirim and Oditta died in penury and avoidable deaths if the necessary finances were available for required medication.

Billy Graham Slams Prosperity Gospel: 'You Cannot Serve Both God and Money'


The Bible doesn't say that being a faithful Christian will lead to material wealth, says the Rev. Billy Graham who responded to a question about the teachings of prosperity gospel preachers by noting that Jesus and His disciples were never rich.

In a question-and-answer column published on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website on Wednesday, Graham was asked whether God wants people to be wealthy.

"Does God want everyone to be rich? I heard someone on TV claim that this is what the Bible teaches, but I wonder if it's true," the reader asked Graham. "We struggle every month just to pay our bills, and yet my husband and I have always tried to put God first."

Ibrahimovic's look alike invades pitch to greet his idol

It easily could have been a case of mistaken identity as a very familiar looking pitch invader met his idol during the Red Devils' clash with Leicester City.

Goal.com reports that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho may have made headlines for dropping Wayne Rooney, but at one stage during his side's clash with Leicester City, he had two Zlatan Ibrahimovics on the pitch!