Photos Of 9ice campaigning In His Home Town, Ogbomoso

Singer 9ice, who is from Ogbomoso, Oyo state, visited his constituency today September 10th for awareness campaign and to identify with the electorate. He addressed a large crowd that gathered at the Town hall in Oja Igbo, and promised that if elected to represent Ogbomoso Federal constituency 1, he will use this salary to do developmental projects in the constituency.

9ice declared his intentions to go into politics many weeks ago. He plans to contest for House of Reps in 2015.

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Bakare wants FG to apologise to Boko Haram over killing of leader

Lagos—CONVENER of the Save Nigeria Group, SNG, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said one of the ways to end Boko Haram insurgency is for the Federal Government to apologise to members of the sect over the murder of their leader, Mohammed Yusuf, in 2009.
He, however, said last Wednesday’s attack on former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari’s convoy in Kaduna State is an indication that bombing in the country is taking a new dimension.
Bakare, who is the Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, spoke during a state of the nation address at a church service in Lagos.
Proffering ways of ending the Boko Haram insurgency, Bakare said there was need for “updating and strengthening of military capability, creation of jobs and enhanced welfare to discourage recruits of the sect, diplomatic engagement with the international community, creation of an atmosphere of political inclusion rather than exclusion, among others. We need a strong and well coordinated approach to terrorism.”
Bakare, who was Buhari’s Vice-Presidential running mate in the 2011 presidential elections, said “but for the timely intervention of God, last week’s assassination attempt on General Muhamadu Buhari might have marked the beginning of the end for Nigeria if it had succeeded. We will not also ignore the fact that at the root of the escalation of the Boko Haram crisis was oppression and injustice.
”The summary execution of the Boko Haram’s former leader, Mohammed Yusuf in 2009 provided the soil of martyrdom for the nurture and growth of the sect. Government must declare peace first of all; apologising for the murder of Mohammed Yusuf to the sect members not their sympathisers or bandits.”

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Buhari masterminded his own convoy bombing- Dokubo-Asari

Militant leader, Dokubo-Asari, who is also the leader of Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force, NDPSF, yesterday, exploded, saying Buhari masterminded the attack on himself.

He lashed out at the former head of state, saying he plotted to kill many innocent Nigerians in the explosion.

The former President of Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, of the Niger Delta region, who spoke to journalists  in Abuja, said Buhari and his group would fail in their conspiracy and desperation to take over power from President Goodluck Jonathan.

Claiming he knew the erstwhile Nigerian leader so well, the former militant leader said Buhari was not known to be driven in a bullet-proof car prior to the incident, alleging that the use of an armoured jeep in his motorcade started recently which confirmed his stand.

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DSS stops Ezekwesili at Abuja Airport, seizes her passport

Former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili was Monday morning arrested by security agents at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport,  Abuja, on her way to London for a scheduled engagement.

Mrs. Ezekwesili tweeted: “No ONE can SEIZE my DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS. I REFUSED to let the SSS GET AWAY with TRAMPLING on my CONSTITUTIONAL RIGTH.”
The operatives confiscated her travelling documents, she said.
The former minister is one of the leaders of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign group, which has been consistently pressurising the federal government to act more decisively in rescuing the over 250 schoolgirls abducted from their dormitory by the extremist Boko Haram sect over three months ago.

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2015: Northern group endorses Jonathan

A group, the Northern Alternative Forum (NAF), has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2015 presidential election.
A statement issued  in Abuja on Sunday by the Chairman of the group, Alhaji Gidado Ibrahim, said the endorsement of  Jonathan was based on his achievements in office since 2011.
Ibrahim said his group  aligns with the president’s transformation agenda and the sucesses recorded so far.
He said: “The Northern Alternative Forum  wishes  to use this medium to congratulate President Goodluck Jonathan on the giant strides recorded by his administration in the past three years and to encourage him not to be distracted.
“I wish to state clearly that NAF, a pressure group, completely aligns with the transformation agenda of the present administration which is transforming different sectors of the economy such as  health, aviation, road infrastructure, railway, agriculture, power and many others.
“It is against this backdrop that we wish to declare our support for President Jonathan in the 2015 election if he so wishes to contest.
“ Infact we endorse Mr President for 2015;  we want him to continue with the good works beyond 2015 and we are prepared to work for him to actualise this goal.
“Our support for Mr President is not based on any primordial sentiments but on concrete evidences of achievements recorded in different sectors of the economy which has been made manifest in the recent rebasing of the economy and Nigeria’s new status as Africa’s biggest economy.’’
He  also called on Nigerians to support the president and his administration’s development agenda.
On the impeachment of former Gov.  Murtala Nyako, Ibrahim  said the action would serve  as a deterrent to those linked with corruption.
“We commend the Adamawa State House of Assembly for resisting all overtures to stand by the truth and speak in unison against corruption and inpunity which culminated in the impeachment of  Murtala Nyako.
“The development is one incident that has shown that democracy in Nigeria is fully in action.
“ The action is a reminder to  all political office holders to always adhere to the rule of law,” Ibrahim said.(NAN)

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CAN hails Jonathan for establishing insurgency victim fund on july 19

Abuja – The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has commended the constitution of a special fund for victims of insurgency in parts of the north.
The commendation is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday.
Also Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said that the “Victim Support Fund’’ recently announced by President Goodluck Jonathan would complement “Safe School Initiative Programme’’ to ensure safety of students in schools
The CAN president described the decision to set up a fund for the insurgency victims as “courageous and bold.
He said “CAN received the news of the institution of a special fund to carter for the needs of victims of insurgency in parts of the country with gratitude.’’
He said the move was a demonstration of the present administration’s commitment to the welfare of all Nigerians, irrespective of their socio-political background.
“On behalf of the association and the entire Christian community in Nigeria, I want to specially thank Mr President for taking such a bold and courageous step to care for the victims of insurgency in the northern part of the country.
“The action is a further demonstration that President Goodluck Jonathan is indeed the father of the nation and a father to all Nigerians, irrespective of the background of the victims of the crisis.
“The decision is also a demonstration of the present administration’s response to the plight of the people.’’
Oritsejafor said the association had been on the forefront for palliatives to ameliorate the hardships caused by the insurgency in parts of the north.
He expressed optimism that the fund would address issues associated with the welfare of victims of the crisis.
“For long, it has been the conviction of CAN that victims of the senseless killings and wanton destruction of property should be given some `life line’ in whatever name it could be called and we are glad that the President heard our cry and responded appropriately.
“I believe that the fund will address a wide range of issues facing persons displaced by the crisis, as well as provide the basis for a more comprehensive programme of rehabilitation and reintegration of the victims at the end of the insurgency.’’
He also expressed the hope that funds realised from the various donations and contributions would be judiciously used for the good of those affected in the crisis.
The CAN president hailed the quality of persons nominated to serve on the special fund and wished the members well in their task of raising and disbursing the fund to victims of the insurgency.
He appealed to persons who would be directly and indirectly involved in the programme to have the fear of God in all that they would be doing.
He added that “I honestly believe that this initiative will give hope to our people and instill in them a sense of belonging while reducing the psychological and physical impact of the burden created as a result of the losses incurred in the crisis.
“I am also optimistic that the creation of this fund will ameliorate the sufferings of the victims of the insurgency,’’ he added.
He assured members of the fund of CAN’s support in prayers and otherwise, for the success of its assignment.
Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said that the “Victim Support Fund’’ recently announced by President Goodluck Jonathan would complement “Safe School Initiative Programme’’ to ensure safety of students in schools.
The minister made the disclosure at the inaugural meeting of the Safe Initiative programme Committee on Thursday in Abuja.
She said that the Initiative, which was announced by the business community at the World Economic Forum on Africa, had 20 million dollars set aside for its take-off.
She added that the business community in Nigeria and the Federal Government had given 10 million dollars each to support the programme.
She noted that the international community had also shown strong interest to support the project.
“There are other components for a comprehensive approach to the programme and the President has made some other effort, the first one was that yesterday the Victim Support Fund was launched.
“The Fund will complement the Safe Schools Initiative because parents, victims and other people who suffered will now have a place to go in terms of support for them.
“There is also the Presidential Initiative on the North East which will ensure that emergency relief and other emergency support to people who are affected are also implemented.’’
The minister explained that a component of reconstruction of damaged infrastructure under the Presidential Initiative on the North East would also work with the Safe School Initiative.
According to her, the whole package is planned to complement each other to ensure that success is achieved.
“This is the comprehensive picture that the President wanted to paint for these attempts to handle the difficult situation we have in the north eastern part of the country,’’ she added.
She said all the initiatives were being carried out with the consent of the states involved.
She added that in implementing the Initiative, the states and local governmentcommunities, as well as international partners and the Federal Government would work together.
Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno, representing the governors of Adamawa and Yobe and the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, were present at the meeting
Others include business mogul Aliko Dangote, the Publisher of Thisday newspapers Nduka Obiagbena, NEMA Director-General, Muhammed Sani-Sidi.

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CONFAB is a waste of billions of naira – Prof.Utomi

Prof.Patrick Okedinachi Utomi is a   distinguished Nigerian professor of political economy and a renowned, internationally aclaimed public affairs analyst with a unique leadership acumen that separates him from his equals.
In this encounter, he speaks on burning national issues, starting with the demise of the renown human right icon, Bamidele Aturu, to the impeachment of Murtala Nyako and the waste of billions of naira on the ongoing CONFAB. Excerpt:    
How do you feel about the death of the legal icon, Bamidele Aturu?
It’s a devastating blow to the project of human right. One of the biggest challenges of our time is helping the voiceless find a voice. Sadly we live in a society of an extra-ordinarily selfish elite who are obsessed with themselves through nazistic culture. So when you find a few who are willing to help the voiceless find their voice, you know that it’s a gift from above. Stephen clovey said that the most important habit of the 21th century is to help people find their voice.
Bamidele Aturu helped his generation to find its voice. Much earlier, when some of us were 18, youth of Nigeria helped Nigeria find it’s voice.
Then, we were demonstrating before we know the reason behind our demonstration, but today’s youths are so focused on themselves, while the voiceless are completely helpless. So when you have a few individuals who are willing to help other individuals find their voice, it is tragic to lose them early. He would surely be missed.
What would you say about the impeachment of Gov. Murtala  Nyako and the resignation of his deputy despite the intervention of elder statemen like former President Olusegun  Obasanjo and his Vice, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar?
It is a very strange conversation for variety of reasons. It is a complicated politics in Adamawa. Nyako on his own, in all circumstances, has his own challenges, but sincerely, our democracy is not being helped by these kind of politics.

*Prof Utomi
In some ways I am tangentially related to Adamawa politics and as part of my work with the oppressed, I have done quite a bit of work in some part of Adamawa state during the flooding. I spent time visiting those areas providing them trucks full of relief materials from Lagos. So I know how they feel about their leadership in Yola.
However, I think we are in a transition society and there are some delicate things we need to manage in a certain way to navigate that transition so that we do not create enough of a groundswell that would result into a violent storm at the end.
All these issues happening, reminded me of 1966! And we knew where the tragedy of 1966 led us as a nation. This is a period we need to be very careful.
Some people are of the opinion that the politics of cross-carpeting from one political party to another is not ideal for our democracy. What is your view?
I find it very disgusting; it’s the main reason why some of us pushed to register a political party based on strong ideals and values. It is an ideological orientation that keeps one in a political party, not the convenience of an electoral machine.
It is totally bad that people would swing from one party to the other because of an electoral possibility and making mess of the very essence of a political party. This was why I was frightened when I heard about speculation that I would still be joining the People’s Democratic Party PDP. Not because there is poison in the party but I believe that the fundamental reason for involving in politics should be for building institutions. Institutions are what preserve the future.
These politicians jumping from one party to the other are looking for their moment. Politicians should not be thinking of the moment but the future of their grand children. If we can’t build a strong institution like a strong intent political party then we are not mindful about the future of our grand children. It does not matter what anybody does to me, I would remain in the party I believe is in the progressive left to any other side.
With the split of the South and the North over derivation, do you see the confab coming up with solutions to the problems facing Nigeria as a country?
Without being temperamental, I have very little time for the CONFAB. If this group of people can recommend a 19 state for Nigeria, they have no idea of what they are doing.
How do you mean?
The reason is very simple, the CONFAB delegates were selected from yesterday and their focus is on yesterday. So somehow they cannot see tomorrow. Imagine yesterday’s quarrel being re-fired and yesterday’s sharing formula is being thought through rather than tomorrow’s bills being discussed. So they are focusing on yesterday challenges and losing sight of tomorrows challenges.
The national conference is a waste of billions of naira of the tax payers’ money. Lest we forget, I was one of those who pioneered the call for a true Sovereign National Conference   but it appeared it was manipulated in a way that the wrong people were called upon to be delegates.
Although there are some good selected few among them that see more clearly but their understanding is so limited which would do lasting damage on the country. The understanding of most of those in the conference is so much on yesterday.
With all the challenges rattling our polity, do you perceive a breakup come 2015?
My prayer has always been that Nigeria will remain united and learn from her mistakes and forge ahead. I have always hoped that the generation that see the strength of Nigeria will take advantage of it and build on those strength in a way that we would all become penny wise pound foolish.
What structure do you think is most suitable for Nigeria?
More decentralisation, greater devolution of power, bigger sub national structures and something like the six regional structure instead of the malady we are facing today, where politicians want to be addressed as “Your Excellencies.”
Back then, these offices were being run by DOs who wore knickers and rode bicycles but today you see leaders flying around in private jets.
With failed leadership, do you see unity as the best solution to Nigeria’s challenges?
A bigger country is always a better idea economically. My view is that Nigeria is not even big enough. We should even think of merging together with few west-African countries.
The thought of breaking it further would not be in the best interest of the Nigerian People. Consider the United State of America, for instance. It comprises of smaller countries that came together to form a formidable nation.
Then what would you make of the contentions between the South and the Northern region delegates?
There had always been differences between smaller units in any great nation’s history.
The south of the United State fought Civil War with the Northern for a longer period, but today nobody is talking about it. Even in America, nobody remembers it, except for history lessons. In the same vain, I have many friends who hail from the North and we relate normally.
Our problem of division is just the lazy and selfish elite that are trying to share our commonwealth. So they don’t elevate conversation, they just look for how to find ways for themselves and that is the reason we are in the mess we find ourselves as a nation.
How best can we get out of these predicament?
My friend, Prince Odukumaya, once said that Nigeria is in serious need of a Nigerian Jrry Rawlilngs but I am not sure if that is the only way to resolve our problems. Sincerely, we need a revolution that will wipe out these characters.
More importantly, we need to recognise that leadership should not be for dullards. According to Bishop Coker; the brightest in our society goes to acquire degrees while the less intelligent people rule. Nigeria has reversed everything.
While in other societies, only the brightest leads. The American President, Barack Obama, is a professor in constitutional law, the British Prime Minister is typically a graduate of the prestigious Oxford University. But in Nigeria we have the opposite whereby those at the bottom runs our society.
I remember  you anchored on a national TV, a program titled Patitos Gang in which Reuben Abati was a member of the ‘gang’. The program proffered solutions to national problems.
(Laughed)…I think my people are too involved now in the sharing of the cake than to think of the solutions we proffered then. But God is not sleeping.

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APC ‘spy’ vows to remain in PDP

One of the PDP chieftains expelled from the party allegedly for being moles of the APC in the party, Major Raphael Towobola (rtd) has rebuffed the expulsion.
Speaking with Vanguard, Towobola faulted the expulsion arguing that he did not face any disciplinary panel before the expulsion was carried out.
Towobola was among the six PDP chieftains recently expelled by the party for allegedly being spies for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Towobola said “I read it in the newspapers just as you read it. I still remain a PDP member and I am still the secretary of the party in Osun State because I did not go through any disciplinary committee. Whether the expulsion is true or not, I do not know. I think it must be a joke of the year. Can someone be at home and be in jail at the same time? Anyone who is in jail, must first go to court and the court must pronounce judgement on such a fellow. Maybe somebody is day dreaming somewhere.”

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Buhari Blasts Jonathan: Read what Buhari is saying

Former military Head of State and leader of opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has lambasted President Goodluck Jonathan over the gale of impeachments ostensibly masterminded by his government across the country.

Buhari was reacting to the impeachment of APC  Governor, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State and the impending impeachment of another APC governor, Tanko Almakura of Nassarawa State. There are rumours also that Edo Governor, Adams Oshiomhole and his Rivers State counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi, both APC governors, would be impeached.

Buhari described the action of the ruling party as impunity and polical rascality, warning that Nigerians had defeated impunity before and they would do so again.

The former presidential candidate, posted the statement on his facebook page on Wednesday

According to Buhari, “what we are witnessing today,  impunity and political rascality as demonstrated by the selective targeting and persecution of opposition politicians, is an attempt to subdue the will of Nigerians who have made clear their commitment to free their country from the grip of an incompetent leadership that is bent on severing the ties of nationhood and ruining whatever progress we have made as a country.

“These actions portray a government that has run out of ideas, resorting to arbitrariness and executive criminality in order to silence dissent. Nigeria has been through this road before. This is a replay of the selective persecution using instruments of federal might in an attempt by previous regimes to perpetuate themselves in power.”

Buhari further stated that “these regimes are now history,  subdued by the collective struggle of the Nigerian masses. It is only a matter of time before this administration joins its predecessors in the garbage bin of history.

“Nigerians have defeated impunity before, and they have not relented in their determination to stamp it out in the future. The primary role of government is to fulfill its constitutional obligations to the citizenry and not go on a witch-hunting spree against the opposition and whoever dares to expose its lies and deceptions.”

Meanwhile, the Police Command in Nasarawa State on Wednesday beefed up security in major towns following youths protest over the House of Assembly’s notice of impeachment served on Governor Tanko  Almakura.

The command’s spokesman, ASP Ismaila Numan, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that some youths in Lafia, Mararaba and Keffi came out to protest over the notice of impeachment on Almakura.

Numan, however, said the police dispersed them before it could get out of control in all the affected towns.

He said no life or property was lost and that policemen had been deployed to strategic locations to forestall any breach of the peach.

“We have also intensified patrol across the nooks and crannies of the state to ensure the security of lives and property,” Numan said.

He assured members of the public of adequate protection, and urged them to go about their normal business without fear of molestation.

NAN reports that some youths took to the streets in Lafia on Wednesday morning chanting solidarity slogans in support of Al-Makura.

The youths set bonfires in strategic areas, including Emir Palace Road, Doma Road, Keffi-Mararaba Road, and had attempted to block the federal highway before the police intervened.

NAN reports that the youths carried placards with various inscriptions.

The protest also resulted in heavy gridlock on Keffi-Abuja Road with youths calling on the state legislators to rescind their action.

NAN recalls that the Assembly had on Monday directed that Almakura be served with notice of impeachment for alleged gross misconduct.

The Nasawara State legislators are expected to serve the governor the impeachment notice through alternate service Thursday.

The national Chairman of APC, Chief Odigie Oyegun, said Wednesday at a press conference in Abuja that it was wrong for the lawmakers in Adamawa State House of Assembly to impeach Nyako for the perceived sins he committed five years ago while he was still in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He also denounced the witch-hunting of the opposition by the President Jonathan administration

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Insurgency: Ekweremadu asks media to reject Boko Haram propaganda

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has urged the Nigerian media to downplay activities of the Boko Haram sect because the insurgents have succeeded in creating fear in the minds of the citizens through media reports.

Ekweremadu made the appeal on Wednesday night while delivering the maiden lecture organised by the Senate Press Corps in Abuja.

He described terrorism as a mind game with the primary purpose of instilling fear in the minds of the people by carrying out acts of destruction of human lives and property to give a negative impression.

To achieve this, he said the insurgents employed the use of propaganda, through the media, to misinform the public. “That is why even when a gas cylinder explodes in any part of the country, the insurgents claim responsibility for it, all in their desperate bid to assert themselves.

“If there is an encounter in which they lost 100 men and the military lost four  men, they strive to upturn the story to sell to the nation a false story of invulnerability on their part.

“It is against this backdrop that I sincerely wish to call on the media to see through this propaganda and refuse to help them market their falsehood.

“The battle we face is for the territorial integrity of Nigeria and the safety of her people. Our story lines, headlines and analyses should reflect that overriding national interest.

“At a time like this, the press is expected to boost the confidence of the nation, the morale of our gallant soldiers and security operatives in the warfronts and celebrate the superiority of our firepower,” he said.

Ekweremadu urged the Nigerian press to catalyse national consciousness and rally Nigerians to work together against the common enemies such as terrorism and other manifestations of evil and extreme danger in the land.

Ekweremadu equally lamented the corruption in the judiciary, stressing that it was the worst thing to happen to the nation. “If the foundation of justice is destroyed, what then can the righteous do? How does a nation or continent grow under such weight of corruption? We are already reaping from the dangers thereof in the forms of terrorism, militancy and kidnapping, among others,” he said.

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, who also attended the lecture, noted that the media could still be the last defender of the Nigerian democracy because they were recognising and promoting service, good governance and integrity.

Fayemi urged members of the media to sustain their efforts.

He said: “If you are an intellectual,  you are an elite and an elite is what should be thrown into the dustbin not to be associated with. But the media could still be the last  defender of the Nigerian democracy.”

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