Corruption In Nigeria Worsened Under Buhari, APC – Jonathan

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The immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, has said that corruption in Nigeria is worse under the current President Muhammadu Buhari –APC led government.

The statement was made after a reaction trailed a previous comment made by the former president at the Peoples Democratic party, PDP, Special Non-elective Convention held in Abuja during the weekend.

On Saturday, Mr. Jonathan was quoted to have said that “though we didn’t completely plug the loopholes in the fight against corruption, but we did well.”

While dismissing with a wave of hand the statement credited to Mr. Jonathan, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, VON, Osita Okechukwu, on Monday said the former president rather than plug loopholes widened it.

“He should apologise to Nigerians whom he betrayed for being less than transparent. I was outraged when I heard him proclaim that PDP will return to power in 2019 because of the hunger and poverty ravaging the country,” he added:

In a swift reply, the Special Assistant on new media to the ex-president, Reno Omokri, in a statement, wondered why the country has remained static in the Transparency international annual corruption perception index if indeed the President Buhari administration was fighting corruption.

The statement which was signed on behalf of the ex-president read:

“Mr. Okechukwu should note that the premier global agency universally recognized to gauge corruption is Transparency International who releases an annual Corruption Perception Index.

“It may surprise Mr. Okechukwu and his boss to know that the last time Nigeria made progress on Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perception Index was in 2014 under former President Jonathan when we moved eight places from number 144 to number 136 under Goodluck Jonathan.

“That year marked the most improvement Nigeria has ever made since Transparency International began publishing the annual Corruption Perception Index in 1995.

“Transparency International took note of the Jonathan administration’s e-wallet system that cut out the corruption in Nigeria’s fertilizer procurement system, the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) which weeded out 50,000 ghost workers from the Federal civil service, the cashless policy and the fact that the Jonathan government promptly fired two ministers (Professor Barth Nnaji and Stella Oduah) mentioned in corruption scandals.”

He said that since 2014, Nigeria had yet to improve in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perception Index ranking and had remained 136 in 2015 and still remain 136 on the latest CPI ranking released in 2017.

Omokri continued: “In the most recent CPI Transparency International said and I quote “Some other large African countries have failed to improve their scores on the index. These include South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Kenya.”

“If it were true that the Buhari administration was really fighting corruption, why hasn’t Nigeria made progress in the CPI?

“The answer is because you can deceive some gullible Nigerians but you cannot deceive Transparency International.

“With a Minister of Transport that admitted to spending $500,000 on a one day dinner for Professor Wole Soyinka in your government, with a suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation who was caught red handed looting funds meant for IDPs and who has not been fired, arrested or prosecuted and with a padded budget scandal that spends borrowed monies on luxuries for favored individuals, you can’t pull the wool over the eyes of Transparency International.

“I suggest he should go to Wuse Market, Abuja, or Mile 12 Market Lagos or even Rimi Market Kano and say that. If he survives the experience then I will agree with him.

“The fact remains that under the Jonathan administration, CNNMoney projected that our economy was the third fastest growing economy in the world with only China and Qatar ahead of us.

“Did President Jonathan ‘railroad’ CNN Money? Or did he also railroad the former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, who said on October 12, 2012 as follows ‘Yes, we’ve been hearing about China and India for years …but it’s hard to believe what’s happening in Brazil, in Indonesia, in Nigeria too.’

“The fact remains that under Jonathan, Nigeria experienced unprecedented growth. I leave it to Nigerians to determine what they are experiencing today.”

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Kompany Says Guardiola’s City Is Better Than Mancini’s City

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Vincent Kompany, Manchester City captain has said that the club under Guardiola is better than the team managed by Mancini.

Manchester City won the Premier League under Mancini, with the likes of Tevez, Kolo Toure and a host of others.

Pep Guardiola has inherited a team that is better than the one with which Mancini used to win the title.

“The team in the first league title win was all about big personalities, character and tough guys in the team,” he said.

“It was game-deciding people.

“This team is more about there being a flow to it – there is coordination, the system is very meticulous. So we will see – this team still needs to win something.

“But my feeling is that we have a lot more tools we can use. It was difficult for us to play in a back three back in the day, just because of the personnel we had.

“Here it is just as easy for us to switch from a back three to a back four and so on. That is the strength of this team, the fact that we just can adapt to so many ways.”

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Kompany Says Guardiola’s City Is Better Than Mancini’s City

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Vincent Kompany, Manchester City captain has said that the club under Guardiola is better than the team managed by Mancini.

Manchester City won the Premier League under Mancini, with the likes of Tevez, Kolo Toure and a host of others.

Pep Guardiola has inherited a team that is better than the one with which Mancini used to win the title.

“The team in the first league title win was all about big personalities, character and tough guys in the team,” he said.

“It was game-deciding people.

“This team is more about there being a flow to it – there is coordination, the system is very meticulous. So we will see – this team still needs to win something.

“But my feeling is that we have a lot more tools we can use. It was difficult for us to play in a back three back in the day, just because of the personnel we had.

“Here it is just as easy for us to switch from a back three to a back four and so on. That is the strength of this team, the fact that we just can adapt to so many ways.”

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Yahoo Yahoo! EFCC Nabs 100 Undergraduates For Internet Fraud, Online Love Scam

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office, has arrested more than 100 undergraduates of various tertiary institutions over financial crimes ranging from online love scam popularly known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo’, Automated Teller Machine fraud, and online marketing fraud.

The anti-graft agency also said that it had recovered a total of N277,931,341.31 from the fraudsters in the past nine months – which represents an increase of more than N57million over the N220million it recovered in the previous year.

The commission’s Deputy Zonal Head, Ibadan, Kazeem Oseni, made this known on behalf of the Acting Chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu, during a press conference on Monday, in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

He added that 50 cases had been instituted against the perpetrators of the financial crimes with 381 other cases being investigated.

He said, “The commission is attending to 431 cases among which 50 cases are already in court. In the past nine months, we have arrested 195 individuals in connection with bank fraud, internet fraud, land and general disputes. Among the cases in court are the ones involving the Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, that of the Federal University of Technology, Akure and the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

“The prevailing case in Ibadan is internet frauds involving young people. The Ibadan office has so far recovered N277, 931,341m from various financial criminals while we have also recovered objects like cars used by fraudsters to perpetrate crimes.”

In Ibadan, the so-called ‘yahoo-yahoo’ is understood to be the most prevalent financial crime with more than half of the seized vehicles recovered from the ‘yahoo-yahoo boys.’

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Ronaldo Handed Five-Match Ban For Pushing Referee After Receiving Red Card

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Cristiano Ronaldo was handed a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Monday for pushing referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea after being sent-off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona.

The World Player of the Year was given a one-match ban for being shown two yellow cards and a further four for pushing the referee in the back after he had been sent off on Sunday.

In the photo, Ronaldo can be seen pushing referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea after being sent-off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona. (Photo: Sky Sports)

In the photo, Ronaldo can be seen pushing referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea after being sent-off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona. (Photo: Sky Sports)

He was booked at the Nou Camp for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal to make it 2-1 and for a dive.

Ronaldo was also fined 3,805 euros ($4,500) and has 10 days to appeal the ban.

Should any appeal fail, Ronaldo will miss Wednesday’s Super Cup, second leg and Madrid’s first four La Liga games of the season against Deportivo la Coruna, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad.

The Portugal international will be able to play in the Champions League but will not return to domestic action until 20 September against Real Betis.

The official match report sent to the RFEF from the Camp Nou included Ronaldo’s push in the “other incidents” section.

“Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro — having been shown the red card, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of his disagreement,” the Basque official wrote.

The RFEF’s disciplinary code appears clear that the punishment for such behaviour, even if only “slightly violent,” is an extra suspension of four to 12 games.

“Pulling, pushing or shaking, or a general attitude towards the match officials which, even if only slightly violent, without confirming an aggressive attitude on their part, will be punished with a suspension of four to 12 games,” says the code’s article 96.

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Azpilicueta: Chelsea Needs To Sign New Players

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Cesar Azpilicueta has asked Chelsea to do everything possible to reinforce the squad by signing new players.

Chelsea were down by three goals before the second half and ended up losing the match 3-2.

Chelsea has only added Morata, Bakayoko, Rudiger and Caballero while the likes of Matic, Loftus-Cheek and a host of others have left the club.

“When you see the players we lost, and the players we have signed in, they are not the same,” Azpilicueta told reporters.

“Obviously we have very good young players, but we have to know the reality that being champions is even harder the next season. We have experience of that,” Azpilicueta continued, referring to the club’s disastrous start to the 2015-16 campaign.

“So we need players. The young players need help from senior players, top players, not to rush them into a position where they are maybe not ready to go at the moment. It is something that the club is working on with the manager, and hopefully we can get new signings in the next few weeks.”

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312 Feared Dead As Mudslides, Flooding Sweep Through Sierra Leone City

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At least 312 people were killed and more than 2,000 left homeless on Monday when heavy flooding hit Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown, leaving morgues overflowing and residents desperately searching for loved ones.

An AFP journalist at the scene saw bodies being carried away and houses submerged in two areas of the city, where roads turned into churning rivers of mud and corpses were washed up on the streets.

Red Cross spokesman Patrick Massaquoi told AFP the death toll was 312 but could rise further as his team continued to survey disaster areas in Freetown and tally the number of dead.

Mohamed Sinneh, a morgue technician at Freetown’s Connaught Hospital, said 180 bodies had been received so far at his facility alone, many of them children, leaving no space to lay what he described as the “overwhelming number of dead”.

Many more bodies were taken to private morgues, Sinneh said.

Images obtained by AFP showed a ferocious churning of dark orange mud coursing down a steep street in the capital, while videos posted by local residents showed people waist and chest deep in water trying to traverse the road.

Fatmata Sesay, who lives on the hilltop area of Juba, said she, her three children and husband were awoken at 4:30 am by rain beating down on the mud house they occupy, which was by then submerged by water.

She managed to escape by climbing onto the roof.

“We have lost everything and we do not have a place to sleep,” she told AFP.

AFP

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8 LASTMA Officials Arrested For Collecting N7,200 Bribe

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The Lagos State Government has said that eight officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) were arrested on Thursday at the Agege-Pen Cinema area of the state.

The state government said that the eight officials were apprehended for arresting some commercial buses at the Abule Egba area and subsequently demanding N7,200 bribe for each of the vehicles.

As a result of this, the state government said that the allegation brought against the eight LASTMA officials had been referred to the Personnel Management Board (Discipline), which could earn them outright dismissal if found guilty.

This was made in a statement issued by the LASTMA Public Affairs Officer, Mahmud Hassan.

The statement said, “The officials, who were attached to the Agege-Pen Cinema office were arrested last week. They are Adebeshin Adeola, Davies Idowu, Folashade Abolade, Shittu Lanre, Akinkotu Olusoga, Olowu Said, Olaoye Peter and Adebola Said.

“The duo of Adeshina and Idowu had earlier arrested two Lagos-painted commercial buses, with number plates FKJ 770 XT and KRD 558 XM, driven by one Olatunji Mayowa and Donatus Eze, respectively, at the Abule Egba area of the state for seat belt violation.

“The actions of the drivers were in violation of the Lagos State Traffic Law, and the buses were subsequently apprehended and taken to the Agege-Pen Cinema office of the agency.

“However, the matter took a new twist when the apprehending officials, in conjunction with the General Duty Officer, demanded the sum of N7,200 from each of the bus drivers before the release of their buses.

“The drivers, knowing the position of LASTMA on corruption, alerted the agency and marked currency were given to the complainants and collected by the officials in a successful sting operation organised and coordinated by the Provost Marshal of the agency, Mr. Femi Ajibosho.”

The statement said the provost marshal arrived when Abolade was about collecting N7,200 from Eze, while Mayowa’s marked naira notes were found on the official after a search.

Speaking on the matter, LASTMA’s General Manager, Mr. Olawale Musa, lamented that the action of the suspects might create perception challenge for LASTMA and Lagos State at large.

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If Nigeria Finally Breaks Up…

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If Nigeria Finally Breaks Up… Simon Kolawole

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I hate divorce. I have been using an Airtel mobile line since 2001 when GSM services were launched in Nigeria. And even though they have changed their name from the original Econet to Vodacom (for about five minutes) to Vmobile to Celtel to Zain and finally to Airtel, I did not consider “porting” for one day. In fact, I still have my original Econet SIM card in my locker. I reluctantly changed it when I bought a smart phone and needed all this nano stuff. I have suffered a lot of discomfort with my 0802 in 16 years — poor network, dropped call, overbilling, failed roaming and slow data. But through it all, I remained committed to my choice. Such is my attachment to relationships.

This piece was written by Simon Kolawole. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Let me now contradict myself. Recently, I walked into a branch of Access Bank Plc to close my account. As I completed the formalities, left the banking hall and the door closed itself behind me, I was broken-hearted. I had been banking with them since 2004. I used to love the bank and their services so much that I became an unpaid marketer. But after struggling in the last one year to resolve issues on my account without luck, I painfully told myself divorce was inevitable. I believed I had done all within my power and, for my sanity, I needed to move on. And so it is for many relationships — they collapse because divorce is about the only option left.

So here you have my dilemma: if indeed I hate divorce, why did I end my 13-year-old relationship with the bank? Why am I enduring one relationship and discarding the other? Double standards? Hypocrisy? These two experiences will come handy in today’s discussion, which is on Nigeria’s strained nationhood. Many of my friends have often challenged me — and even mocked me — over my opinion that Nigeria can work and that we should remain one. They say that I’m being naïve, that I’m playing to the gallery, that I’m trying to be “politically correct”. I doubt if these categorisations describe me well. I write out of personal conviction. And, well, I hate divorce.

There are ongoing calls to dismantle the Nigerian federation, ongoing for decades actually. These calls are presented in different formats and with different motives. There are those who genuinely believe that for Nigeria to make progress, it needs to balkanise. I have come across people who argue sincerely that Nigerians don’t belong together and our differences are too sharp for us to forge a workable nationhood. But there are also those making these calls purely for political gain — not out of any authentic conviction. I’m also super convinced that some opportunists are riding on the back of these agitations to fight back at President Muhammadu Buhari.

My argument against balkanisation, or divorce, is based on my relationship with Airtel. Even though things get bad at times, I have not ported to another network because I am not sure I will be better off. Telecom operators in Nigeria face similar challenges: high capital replacement costs, poor power supply, unnecessary expenditure on infrastructure, lack of security for equipment and facilities, persistent fibre cuts, multiple taxation, inability to raise tariffs to defray increasing costs, and so on. All these hamper their operations. Changing from one network to another guarantees nothing. I would rather stick with the devil I know than the angel I don’t know.

The same thing applies to Nigeria. Most Nigerians suffer from the same challenges: no water, no power, no security, as well as inept and corrupt leadership, starting from our local government areas. But we have been programmed to think our problem is someone from another part of the country — hence the campaign for divorce. I have randomly asked ordinary Nigerians from all “tribes and tongues” about their most urgent needs and their answers are so similar. They all complain about bad roads, bad schools, bad medical care, bad electricity supply, bad everything! People complain about their council chairmen as much as they complain about their governors.

I do not know of any state in Nigeria where the children of a governor or a minister attend public primary and secondary schools. I do not know of any governor that receives treatment from a primary health care centre closest to their mansion. North or south, Yoruba or Fulani, Muslim or Christian! The leaders take good care of themselves. In the national assembly, the lawmakers are sharing money and cars like kolanuts — and I am yet to hear that a Muslim senator or a Christian house member rejected his own. What this tells me is that it is not one part of the country or one religion that is the problem — it is the human beings we call leaders. How does divorce resolve this?

There seems to be an assumption, or a settled notion, that the moment we break up, the people formerly known as Nigerians will, like magic, start enjoying abundant flow of water, 24/7 security, excellent primary and secondary education, great medical care, unspeakable infrastructural development and all that make human beings feel like human beings. I wish I could share in this optimism. There seems to be this prevalent logic that balkanisation is the magic formula to the inept and corrupt leadership pillaging Nigeria at every level. I wish I were this optimistic. The Nigeria I see is under attack by political vultures, regardless of their ethnic and religious identities.

Most Nigerian politicians, I dare say, are genetically and endemically of the similar quality. If Nigeria finally breaks up and we are still ruled by the same hardened criminals who rejoice in oppression — their greed and wickedness undiluted — the gory tale of the latter house will be worse than the former. It will only lead to the restructuring of our suffering. It will only lead to the multiplication of the sorrows of our people. I know many people who have ported from one mobile network to another only to regret it shortly thereafter. You would hear them say: “This one is even worse!” Just as the telcos are alike, so are our problems alike across the 36 states and 774 LGAs.

It was very easy for me to close my account with one bank because I knew I could enjoy better services elsewhere. This is no counter factual. I have accounts with other banks and I have been enjoying better services, so I was not leaving the known for the unknown. Rather, I was moving from a known bad service to a known better service. I had tasted and seen before taking my decision. If I have this assurance with balkanisation, if I have tasted another part of Nigeria and I am sure things can only get better when we break up, I will certainly stop being naïve, stop playing to the gallery, and stop trying to be politically correct. I will wake up and smell the Utopia.

I will like to say something though. Some things happen in this country that get me angry and make feel maybe balkanisation is the way out. I hate it when some people think they own the country and their wishes must always prevail. At such times, thoughts of balkanisation cross my mind. But then I realise that as it is in Abuja, so it is in the states and local governments. There is hardly any part of Nigeria where some people don’t behave arrogantly and leave others feeling marginalised. My fear then is that the more you break up Nigeria, the more you magnify local differences and awaken latent conflicts. What was not a big issue before sudden erupts and gets a life of its own.

I have many examples to cite. In Oyo state, Oke Ogun are complaining about being relegated in the power equation. In Ogun state, the Ijebu want their own state. In Lagos, the Awori have been grumbling. Funny enough, someone once told me that when Awo was premier of the Western Region, he was busy developing Ibadan with cocoa revenue from Ondo! For years, Nsukka people complained of marginalisation in Enugu state, the same with Ukwa/Ngwa people in Abia state. In core northern states, Christians complain that they are denied state sponsorship of pilgrimage as well as appointments and land to build churches. Balkanisation hardly eradicates conflicts.

For those who genuinely believe breaking up Nigeria will suddenly lead to competent and patriotic leadership, where is the evidence? What is fuelling this ecstasy? As I had no hesitation in closing my bank account because I knew I was moving to a better place, I will also have no hesitation in changing camps if better leadership is assured in a balkanised Nigeria. No sane human being will want to live in a country full of rancour and tension if he has the assurance of living in peace and prosperity in another. But what is that assurance? And why should divorce always be the first option in marital conflict? What is the guarantee that your next spouse will be better than the current one?

AND FOUR OTHER THINGS…

Like BBOG…

When the police fired teargas at a peaceful rally by the “Return or Resign” agitators in Abuja on Wednesday, I said to myself once again: “Nothing ever changes.” This was the same attitude the last administration had towards the Bring Back Our Girls agitators in 2014 — something I believe did irreparable damage to President Goodluck Jonathan. When will the police realise we live in a democracy and every citizen has the right to protest and be protected? If some citizens are calling on President Buhari to return to Nigeria or resign, it’s their right. I would advise the police to focus more on kidnappers and armed robbers and leave the protesters alone. Change.

UNHEALTHY POLITICS

I recently got a WhatsApp message asking us to imagine what would have happened if it was President Jonathan, and not President Buhari, that was out of the country for over two months for medical purposes. The writer asked us to imagine how activists and APC in particular would have organised media wars and public protests. While I agree with the writer, I would hasten to say that this was why I criticised the way President Yar’Adua was being ridiculed when he fell terminally ill in 2010. I still insist that sickness should not be politicised. I insist that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has all the presidential powers. Nobody can stop him from exercising them. Period.

OZUBULU MASSACRE

What is Nigeria turning into? Sunday last week, a gunman invaded the morning mass at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Ozubulu, Anambra state, and killed 12 people. The story is that he was on a reprisal mission to take out one “Bishop”, allegedly a drug dealer based in South Africa who was said to have murdered one “Giniyee” reportedly for double-crossing him in a drug deal. Of course, the predictable politicised narrative that Buhari’s “jihadi army” (Boko Haram) carried out the attack was already trending on social media before the true story finally emerged. The saddest thing for me is the ease with which criminals operate in this society. We are losing it. Scary.

ADIEU, MUSTAPHA

In May, I exchanged emails with Dr. Abdul Raufu Mustapha, an associate professor of African Politics at Oxford University, UK, on my upcoming book. I sent him a synopsis containing my core arguments. He promptly replied, drawing my attention to certain developments that would help my work. He ended his email with: “I think the core arguments need to be sharpened more.” In another mail, he pointed my attention to several reference materials that could be of help. It was a week after our exchange that I learnt he was battling with stomach cancer. On Tuesday, August 8, he died. What a loss. Such a deep intellectual and fantastic human being! What a loss. What a loss. Painful.

This piece was written by Simon Kolawole. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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PDP Attacks Acting President | “Osinbajo Not In Charge Of Nigeria”

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The major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said that the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo “is not in charge of the country.”

This disclosure was made on Sunday by the Spokesperson for the party, Dayo Adeyeye.

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According to Adeyeye, some of the actions taken by the Acting President had shown that power was not handed over to him, contrary to the claim by the Presidency that ailing President Muhammadu Buhari ceded power to him before leaving Nigeria for London on medical trip.

The spokesman further gave an instance of the ministers who were sworn in after much pressure from Nigerians and the National Assembly more than two weeks ago and are yet to be assigned portfolios.

Adeyeye, a former minister of state for works, concluded that the action of the Acting President indicated that he was just a figurehead.

His words: “The Acting President is not in charge of the country. He is not in charge of anything. This is why nothing is moving forward.

“How do you explain a situation where two of the ministers who were sworn in after much pressure from the people and the National Assembly have not been assigned portfolios?

“He is not in charge. He is a mere figurehead and cannot do anything. The cabals are still in charge. That is why nothing is moving forward in this country.

“The two ministers are just idle. They have no offices, nowhere to resume to and nothing to do. What is the essence of their being sworn in then? They are ministers without portfolios.

“It is a constitutional breach on the side of the government because each state ought to have a minister each. Now, these two states had been without ministers for long and after you reluctantly appointed them, you refused to give them offices. “

The ministers – Prof. Stephen Ocheni from Kogi State and Mr. Suleiman Hassan from Gombe State –  were administered the oath of office by the acting president on July 26, 2017 but are yet to be assigned portfolios.

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Temple Music Goes Live!

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In 18 months, the Temple Management Company has established itself as a formidable force in the talent actualization and optimization space.

With an ever-expanding client base that includes veterans (DJ Jimmy Jatt, 9ice, Iyanya, Lekan Babalola) and future stars (Jeff Akoh, MaryLove Edwards) alike, the goal of bringing the best African talent to the world is unwavering and stronger than ever.

TMC’s footprint is felt in West, East and South Africa with a regional office in Nairobi, Kenya and partnership with Sandton-based, urban digital platform Touch HD. In Kenya, TMC now represents some of East Africa’s best including Blinky Bill, DJ Mix Master Lenny, DJ Adrian, Shaffie Weru and Khaligraph.

It is to this extent that the Temple Management Company announced the launch of Temple Music. Identifying a gap in the market, TMC has established Temple Music for the development, production, promotion and distribution of young African talent.

Currently, there are six acts signed to Temple Music and they are singers – 9ice, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Jeff Akoh and Bisola Aiyeola, and award winning producer Tee-Y Mix and Adey, rave producer of the moment.

9ice earned a spot as one of Nigeria’s favourite musicians with his 2008 break through song, Gongo Aso. In the same year, he also won 2008 MOBO Best African Act and since then has remained a rallying force for young artistes.

Jeff Akoh won MTN Project Fame West Africa in 2015 and has patiently been honing his craft. With Temple Music firmly behind him, he is ready to share his exceptional talent with the world.

Bisola Aiyeola is best known for her runner up finish in Big Brother Naija 2017 but she was an MTN Project Fame West Africa finalist in 2008. Pursuing her comedic and acting chops, she’s come back full circle to her singing roots and is ready to rock and roll.

Adey, the rave music producer of the moment is also one of the most successful of 2017. He is credited with producing some of the biggest songs of the year including Ycee’s Juice and Link Up as well as Olamide’s Wavy Level.

Tee-Y Mix needs little introduction and is ironically also an instructor from MTN Project Fame West Africa. The celebrated producer will take the lead in developing young talent and also crafting sonic masterpieces to showcase their capabilities.

Together, the trio of Bisola, Jeff and Tee-Y Mix have created an introductory offering to Temple Music with the hot new cool single, “Water + Fire” featuring Jeff and Bisola on vocals and Tee-Y Mix on production. The single is just a small taste of what to expect from Temple Music in the near future.

In line with a commitment to deliver the best of Africa to the rest of the world, Temple Music is also proud to announce a partnership with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation for global distribution of all Temple Music releases.

Leading the way will be the debut album from Jeff Akoh, Lokoja, which will be released on August 29* via Temple Music/Roc Nation. This genre bending body of work features production from Tee-Y Mix, Cobhams Asuquo, Team Salut and DJ Coulbon amongst others. This album is for anybody who loves good music. There’s no other way to put it.

Following Jeff’s project, we can expect a debut album from Bisola in the first quarter of 2018. She’s already in the studio working on her music and getting her features in as well.

This is just the beginning for Temple Music. Look for future collaborations with young, raw talent that we will be developing to keep you entertained.

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Boko Haram: FG Evacuates 170 Nigerian Refugees From Cameroon

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has evacuated another batch of 170 Nigerian repatriated refugees mostly Women and Children from Cameroon.

It is understood that the repatriated refugees are mostly indigenes of Gomboru- Ngala in Borno who escaped Boko Haram attacks and ran to Cameroon for safety in 2013.

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This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the Director-General of the Agency, Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, at Mubi International Transit Camp, Adamawa.

Maihaja, who was represented by Idris Garga, NEMA Coordinator in charge of Adamawa and Taraba, said that the evacuation exercise was the second in three months.

His words: “Today, we are evacuating another batch of 170 Nigerian repatriated Refugees from Cameroon Republic ,the first evacuation was conducted in May 2017 and involved about 300 Nigerians.

“The refugees were intercepted along Nigeria-Cameroon boarder by teams of Nigeria security operatives and after thorough investigation and screening they were confirmed to be Nigerians.

“The refugees are indigenes of Gomboru- Ngala in Borno who escaped Boko Haram attacks and ran to Cameroon for safety in 2013.”

Terry Igue, the Yola office Head of Search and Rescue of the agency, said the refugees had undergone several medical check-ups at Mubi camp and had been “well taken care before their evacuation to their local government and state of origin to meet their relatives”.

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Report: ASUU Embarks On Indefinite Strike “Nationwide”

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Reports have it that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday, August 13, agreed to embark on an indefinite strike across the nation.

Daily Post is reporting that the union, according to its President, Biodun Ogunyemi, took the decision to declare the strike after deliberations at its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at the University of Abuja during the weekend.

In a document titled: “Strike Bulletin No.1”, which was signed and issued by Ogunyemi, ASUU said the strike action was to be a total, comprehensive and indefinite action whereby no form of academic activities including teaching, attendance of any meeting, conduct and supervision of any examination at any level, supervision of project or thesis at any level should take place at any of the nation’s universities.

Vanguard had earlier reported that the union is expected to take a final decision on whether it will proceed on strike over unresolved issues with the Federal Government or not.

Yesterday, Daily Sun had dais that majority of ASUU branches voted overwhelmingly for the indefinite strike in an attempt to make the Federal Government implement the union’s demands which have been lingering since 2009.

ASUU members at the University of Lagos, University of Ibadan, Lagos State University, four from North East, South South and three from South East voted for industrial action.

On Friday, ASUU branches nationwide had held a referendum in line with an earlier directive by the National Executive Council (NEC) to vote on whether the strike will be indefinite, one month, one week warning and no strike.

Some of the issues in contention include Federal Government breach of the 2009 FG/ASUU Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on financing grant to state universities, conditions of service, non-implementation of Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) and re-negotiation of the agreement.

Other outstanding issues are non provision of revitalization funds to public universities, non release of NUPEMCO operational licence, payment of half salaries to members and the outstanding N880 billion in intervention fund government owes universities.

The union recalled that it had to embark on a six month strike between July and December 2013 and the strike was suspended when government signed an MoU with the union.

“Of all the items contained in the MoU, only the N200b out of a total of N1.3tr of the Public Universities Revitalisation (Needs Assessment) fund was released.

“The union also embarked on a one week warning strike in November 2016 to press for the implementation of 2013 MoU. However government did not implement the understanding reach between the union and Federal Government base on the intervention by the leadership of Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The union has also met with the 2009 Agreement Implementation Monitoring Committee, IMC, and had written several letters press releases and communiqués on the outstanding issues to no avail.

“The National Executive Council, NEC, of ASUU then met at the University of Abuja on August 12 2017 to consider the result of a referendum from all branches in a bid to ascertain ways of convincing government to implement outstanding aspects of the 2009 and the MoU of 2013”.

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Jaylee the Drummer Boy Taking the World by Storm

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Ace Drummer, Joshua Ayodeji, popularly known as Jaylee, is set to thrill music lovers to world class entertainment in the first ever Drummer VS DJ battle tagged ‘‘Jaylee to the World’’ in November 2017.

The event will bring music lovers from all works of life under one roof, giving them maximum entertainment as they witness Jaylee go up against the 2016 Winner of ‘‘Fire on the Mixer’’ DJ contest – DJ Sleam in a sound battle.

 

An indigene of Ondo State, the 28-year-old cut his teeth in music at an early age. Every item he laid his hands on, was an imaginary drum as he produced cool melody, effortlessly, to the admiration of all who couldn’t help but move their bodies to the rhythm of his sounds.

As the saying goes “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a step”, Jaylee didn’t attain his star drummer status overnight. The Personal Drums Instructor started out professionally in 2004, making his debut on the world stage with a unique sound. It came as no surprise that his sound captured the attention of some of Nigeria’s biggest Musicians who hired his services. Since then, he has worked with the likes of 2Baba, DBanj, Timaya, Phyno, Omawumi, Humble Smith, Midnight Crew, and Temi Dollface amongst others. He has also worked with some international stars like Bobby Brown, Maxwell, Boys2Men, Micah, Stampley, Yolanda Adams and Tye Tribet amongst others.

Speaking on his sound, the ‘‘Wonder Drummer’’ says: ‘‘Drums aren’t just instruments; they are messengers sent to deliver specific messages that are pleasant to the ears.’’ This is evident in the manner he handles the drums, hitting every note with a skill only a few Drummers can boast of.

With all these achievements, it’s only expected that his fans are curious to know how he does it. In reaction to this, the Entertainer says: ‘‘My motivation is God Almighty, good music and passion to always make something unique out of the drums.’’ Jaylee who is also referred to as ‘‘Nigerian Babalawo’’ Drummer has performed at some of the biggest music concerts in Nigeria such as Lagos Count Down, Gidi Culture Festival, Rhythm Unplugged, Glo Tour, Felabration, Star Trek, Delta Yadah and one of the biggest gospel concerts in the world, The Experience.

Having attained so much height in the industry, the highly sought after Drummer is set to give back to the society through his Franchise as all is set for the first edition. ‘‘The plan is to make it a quarterly event so that people will have an avenue to unwind throughout the year.,’’ he explains.

In a society where many youths are wallowing away, it’s amazing how JBoy as he’s fondly called by friends, has turned his love for drums into a lucrative venture, gradually writing his name in the sands of time. Indeed, everyone has something to offer; we just have to look within.

Jaylee the Drummer Boy

 

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360Downloads: Bobby The General – T.O.Y.S

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From within the capital city emerges this 14-track mixtape, from Bobby The General after previously releasing two songs off it.

After listening to the project you will tell that The General is a very talented act. He shows a lot of diversity through out by not just sticking to one genre but giving us a taste of more and proving he has a lot to offer.

It’s definitely a good thing to see independent artists putting together projects with this much quality and finesse; it shows the industry is growing (as it should be). Do give it a listen and share your thoughts.

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